WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team begins a 10-game home stand this weekend as it entertains Towson in a critical three-game Colonial Athletic Association series at Boseman Field.

The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday that has been moved to a 1:30 p.m. start time before concluding the series with a single on Sunday slated for Noon.

Heading into the series, Towson holds a three-game lead over the Seahawks for the fourth and final spot in the CAA Championships with nine league games remaining for both programs.

Staying Connected
Live stats will be available for all three games of the series and can be accessed by clicking here ... All three contests will also feature a free audio stream that can be accessed by clicking here … Fans can also keep up with the UNCW softball team by checking out the program's Facebook (UNCW Softball) and Twitter (@UNCWsoftball) accounts or the department's Facebook (UNCWsports) and Twitter (@UNCWAthletics) pages.

Molly Maid Pink Game/NFCA StrikeOut Cancer Contest

Saturday’s doubleheader will serve as the program’s Molly Maid Pink Game/NFCA StrikeOut Cancer Contest as the team will donning pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness … Special pink T-shirts and customized softball items will be on sale as well as a silent auction with all proceeds to benefit the Pretty In Pink Foundation that provides financial assistance and support to underinsured and uninsured North Carolinians with breast cancer … Former UNCW standout Lindsay Styons-Hampton  will be on hand to throw out the first pitch prior to Saturday’s contest … Styons-Hampton, who appeared in 154 career games at UNCW from 2005-08, lost her husband Spencer to cancer last June.

Seahawk Storylines

  • UNCW (13-27; 2-9 CAA) returns to league action this weekend after playing against non-conference opponents in UNCG and Coastal Carolina in midweek competition. The Seahawks fell at home to the Spartans, 9-0, on Tuesday before suffering a pair of one-run setbacks, 4-3 and 6-5, on the road to the Chanticleers on Wednesday.
  • Senior Lauryn Buckworth leads the team with a .300 batting average and 33 base hits. Buckworth has reached base safely in 34 of 40 games played this season but has not reached base in each of the past three contests.
  • Junior KC Shue remains the Seahawks’ top run producer, driving in 25 runs thus far in her first season with the program. Shue has driven in 12 runs over the last 12 contests, highlighted by a four-RBI effort in the Seahawks’ 4-2 victory at Georgia State on April 6.
  • Junior Morgan McCann ranks third on the team with a .296 batting average and is second on the squad with 17 RBI. McCann has recorded a base hit in each of the past six contests and has reached base safely in each of the last 13 games played.
  • Sophomore Casey Rowland continues to highlight a balanced pitching staff that has seen all four pitchers spend 10.0 or more innings in the circle this season. Rowland, who leads the team in both appearances (24) and games started (19), has allowed just one earned run in her last four appearances (8.0 innings pitched).
  • UNCW has struggled in one-run contests of late as it has have lost each of its last nine contests decided by a single run. The Seahawks moved to 3-9 in one-run games this season with a pair of one-run setbacks to Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.
  • The Seahawks have done a majority of their damage at the plate in the fifth inning as they have plated 41 of their 148 runs scored this season in that frame. The Seahawks hold a 41-23 advantage over its opponents in runs scored in that inning.
  • UNCW is 10-6 this season when it records as many or more hits and its opponent. Three of the Seahawks last four setbacks have come when UNCW has record as many or more hits as its opponent.

Scouting Towson

  • Towson (23-23-1; 5-7 CAA) brings a six-game winning streak into the weekend after posting a 2-1 victory over visiting Delaware State in its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday.
  • Junior Delanie Dunham leads the Tigers lineup with a .319 batting average, 44 hits, 32 RBI and 29 runs scored. Dunham has also been a terror on the basepaths this season, recording 19 steals in 20 stolen base attempts.
  • Sophomore Hailey Balk is second on the team with a .318 batting average and 42 hits while senior Jillian Donnelly is third with a .286 average. Senior Bina Abbott has drawn a team-high 18 walks this season.
  • Senior Katie Lingmai highlights the Tigers pitching staff with a 13-12 overall record and 17 complete games in 29 appearances. Lingmai, who has six shutouts to her credit, has recorded 164 strikeouts in 161.2 innings pitched.

Series Notes Versus Towson

  • Towson holds a 22-11 lead in the all-time series with UNCW. All but five of the previous 33 meetings have come since the Seahawks joined the CAA for softball in 2004.
  • The series has been fairly even of late with the two squads splitting their last six contests. The Tigers took two of three from the Seahawks last April at the Tiger Softball Complex.
  • UNCW is 6-6 against Towson at Boseman Field. The Seahawks claimed the three-game CAA series from the Tigers in their last series in the Port City, winning a pair of one-run contests during the 2011 season.

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.

Matkins Nabs CAA Rookie Honor

Freshman outfielder Taylor Matkins was named CAA Co-Rookie-of-the-Week, league officials announced on March 12.

  • Matkins fashioned a .500 (6-of-12) batting average with four RBI and four runs scored in helping UNCW to a 4-1 record during the week of March 4-10.
  • The Greenville, N.C., product opened the week with a 3-for-6 effort that included three RBI and three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of North Carolina A&T. Matkins followed that performance with three hits in three trips to the plate in the Seahawks' 7-3 victory over Presbyterian in the opening game of the NCCU Eagle Challenge on March 9.

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 226 career strikeouts and needs just one more K to match Jamie Gostyla (2002-05) for seventh place on the all-time list (227).

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 61-18-1 since the start of the 2008 season when they score five or more runs in a game.
  • UNCW is 8-3 this season when plating five or more runs in a game. The Seahawks suffered a 6-5 setback to Coastal Carolina in the second game of their doubleheader on Wednesday.
  • The Seahawks are 11-164 since the start of the 2008 season when they are held to two or fewer runs in a game.
  • UNCW is 1-19 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.

Let’s Keep Playing

UNCW recently played the longest game in program history with a 12-inning contest at George Mason on March 30.

  • The contest broke the previous program record for the longest game of 11 innings, set on five prior occasions, including a 5-4 victory versus the Patriots last March at Boseman Field.
  • UNCW unfortunately found itself on the losing end of things this time around as it suffered a 6-5 setback to the Patriots.

Up Next

UNCW continues its 10-game home stand next week with a pair of midweek doubleheaders as the Seahawks will host Campbell Tuesday and NC Central Thursday. The start for both doubleheaders is set for 4 p.m.