|Baseball Preview: William & Mary|
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – Following Wednesday’s bottom of the ninth rally by UNCW to edge visiting Coastal Carolina, the Seahawks look to carry that momentum into a key weekend conference series at hot-hitting William & Mary. The series opens Friday night at 7 p.m. at Plumeri Park.
Terence Connelly lifted UNCW (13-14, 1-1 CAA) past the rival Chanticleers with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 win at Brooks Field. The win gave UNCW a sweep of the annul home-and-home series after the Seahawks topped CCU, 7-3, in mid-March. The Seahawks enter the conference series with a 1-1 mark after splitting two games at James Madison. The series finale was canceled when inclement weather worked its way into the mountains of Virginia.
The Tribe (18-9, 2-0 CAA) dropped a pair of in-state tilts, falling at Richmond, 10-3, and rival Old Dominion, 20-5. William & Mary leads the nation in five offensive categories and currently sits atop of the CAA standings with a 2-0 mark. The Tribe swept Delaware last weekend before seeing the third game also canceled due to inclement weather.
Friday and Sunday's games will be carried both on the web and over the air on AM630 in Wilmington. Saturday's game will be aired only on the web at UNCWsports.com.
Friday: Mat Batts, LHP (0-2, 4.11 ERA, 7 starts, 46.0 IP, 49 SO)
Saturday: Jordan Ramsey, RHP (1-2, 6.75 ERA, 5 starts, 21.1 IP, 20 SO)
Sunday: Nick Monroe, RHP (1-1, 4.06 ERA, 4 starts, 31.0, 13 SO)
William & Mary Starters
Friday: Jason Ingram, LHP (5-0, 2.39 ERA, 7 starts, 49.0 IP, 42 SO)
Saturday: John Sheehan, RHP (2-2, 2.73 ERA, 5 starts, 29.2 IP, 17 SO)
Five things to know for this weekend
- The Seahawks and William & Mary have played 90 games all-time entering this weekend’s three-game conference series
- UNCW won last season series at Brooks Field winning the first and third games by scores of 7-2 and 11-4, respectively. The Tribe evened the series with a 5-1 victory in the middle game
- In games played in Williamsburg, UNCW owns a 28-12 record all-time
- W&M is in its first season with Brian Murphy at the lead. He served as an assistant last season
- The Tribe is perhaps the best offensive team in the nation, leading the NCAA in batting average (3.48), Scoring (10 runs per game), Hits (332), Doubles (78) and slugging percentage (.537)