|Softball Preview: North Carolina A&T|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - The UNCW softball team plays its first midweek games of the 2013 season Wednesday as it travels to Greensboro to face North Carolina A&T in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex.
Live stats will be available for both games of Wednesday's doubleheader and can be accessed by clicking here ... Fans can also keep up with the UNCW softball program by checking out the program's Facebook (UNCW Softball) and Twitter (@UNCWsoftball) accounts or the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) pages.
- UNCW (6-11) posted a 0-4 record in the Charleston Southern Buccaneer Invitational last weekend, suffering a pair of losses to No. 7 Tennessee (9-1 & 9-0) and singular setbacks to Valparaiso (16-1) and host Charleston Southern (5-4).
- The Seahawks struggled at the plate during the CSU Buccaneer Invitational, recording just six hits in 75 plate appearances. (.080). Senior Olivia Poplin and junior KC Shue tallied two hits apiece to pace the UNCW lineup.
- The Seahawks pitching staff also a rough weekend in Low Country, combining for a 12.66 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched. The trio of hurlers combined to surrender 37 hits during the tournament, including 12 for extra bases.
- UNCW suffered its first one-run loss of the season with its 5-4 setback to Charleston Southern in the tournament finale. The Seahawks are now 3-1 on the season in one-run contests.
- UNCW is 6-1 this season when it records as many or more hits and its opponent. The only loss under such circumstances came in a 6-2 loss to Nebraska-Omaha that saw both teams finished with seven base knocks in the contest.
- The Seahawks moved to 0-4 this season against ranked competition with its pair of losses to the nationally-ranked Volunteers.
- Senior Lauryn Buckworth continues to pace the UNCW lineup as she leads the team with a .395 batting average and 10 RBI. Buckworth has reached base safely in all but one of the team's 17 contests this season.
- Junior Camry Wagner and freshman Erin Brown are the only two players that have started all 17 games this season for the Seahawks. Wagner has seen time at both shortstop and the designated player positions while Brown has split time between four positions (C, 2B, LF & CF).
Scouting North Carolina A&T
- North Carolina A&T (1-6) enters Wednesday's doubleheader looking to halt a four-game losing skid after dropping all four of its contests in the Wolfpack Challenge last weekend in Raleigh.
- The Lady Aggies are led offensively by Alejandra Barcenas, who leads the team with a .350 batting average and five RBI. Four of Barcenas seven hits this season have been for extra bases.
- In the circle, North Carolina A&T has relied heavily upon the duo of Jankika May and Ashira Dobison. Together, the two have combined to pitch 36.0 of the team's 42.0 innings in the field, allowing 54 runs on 62 hits and 25 walks in that span.
- The Lady Aggies are coached by Mamie Jones, who is in her 16th season with the program. Jones has led the team to winning records in four of the past six seasons.
Series Notes Versus North Carolina A&T
- UNCW holds a 30-7-1 all-time record versus North Carolina A&T. The two teams are meeting for the eighth straight season programs have met on the diamond in all but three of the previous 18 seasons (2000, 2002 & 2005).
- The Seahawks have won three straight in the series, including a doubleheader sweep at Boseman Field last March that saw UNCW defeat the Lady Aggies by margins of 10-0 and 1-0.
- UNCW is 14-3-1 in true road contests against North Carolina A&T. The Seahawks last visit to the Lady Aggies Softball Complex came on March 23, 2011 in a doubleheader that saw the Lady Aggies take the opener,6-5 , before the Seahawks rebounded to win the nightcap, 6-2.
Rowland Named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Week
UNCW sophomore hurler Casey Rowland was named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Week on Feb. 11.
- A native of Albany, N.Y., Rowland went 2-0 in three appearances in the season-opening UNCW Beach Blast Feb. 8-10. She struck out 12 in 13.1 innings while limiting opponents to a .114 batting average as she helped the Seahawks post a 3-2 record in the event.
- Rowland opened the tournament with a one-hit shutout of Detroit and followed that performance with a complete-game effort against Iona that saw her scatter three hits and two walks in a 2-1 victory.
- She closed the weekend with a relief appearance against Detroit that saw her strike out three in 1.1 innings of work.
Rowland Enters Career Strikeout Chart
Sophomore hurler Casey Rowland recently moved into the program's top 10 list for strikeouts in a career.
- With her 12 strikeouts during the Seahawk Clash in late February, Rowland moved into 10th place on the program's career strikeouts chart as she surpassed Heather Petroff (162).
- Rowland begins the weekend with 181 career strikeouts and is just 34 k's away from matching Amanda Wilson (2002-05) for ninth place on the all-time list (215).
The Norton Era Begins With A Win
The Seahawks gave first-year head coach Kristy Norton a victory in her UNCW debut, an 8-0 triumph over Detroit on Feb. 8 in the Seahawk Clash.
- Norton became the first UNCW head coach to win her inaugural game since Melissa Jarrell posted a 6-5 victory over Drexel to begin the 2002 season.
The Run Game
- The Seahawks are 56-16-1 since the start of the 2008 season when they score five or more runs in a game.
- UNCW is 3-1 this season when plating five or more runs in a game. The only loss under such circumstances came in a 13-10 setback to Savannah State during the Florida Lipton Invitational on Feb. 16.
- The Seahawks are 11-153 since the start of the 2008 season when they are held to two or fewer runs in a game.
- UNCW is 1-8 in 2013 when plating two runs or less in a game. The Seahawks lone win when scoring two run or less came in a 2-1 victory over Iona in the UNCW Beach Blast on Feb. 8.
UNCW will travel to Durham to take part in the Eagle Challenge, hosted by North Carolina Central. The Seahawks will face Presbyterian twice on Friday (1 and 3:15 p.m.) before closing out the event Saturday with contests versus Liberty (4:15 p.m.) and the host Eagles (6:30 p.m.).