**Please note, Kentucky and Virginia will now play at 1:30 p.m. followed by UNCW and VMI, 45 min. following completion of game one.**

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW Seahawks open the season with a stiff test when VMI, Kentucky and preseason top-ranked Virginia visit Brooks Field for the Hughes Bros. Challenge beginning on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks will play VMI on Friday at 4 p.m. followed on Saturday with another 4 pm. Start, this time against Kentucky. UNCW will close out the weekend with a 2 p.m. first-pitch against ACC favorite, Virginia. It will be the Cavaliers first visit to Brooks Field since 2005.

UNCW Starters

vs. VMI: Mat Batts, LHP (9-4, 3.47 ERA, 111.2 IP/114 SO)
vs. Kentucky: Jordan Ramsey, RHP (6-6, 2.34 ERA, 104 IP/83 SO)
vs. Virginia: Evan Phillips, RHP (2-0, 4.33 ERA, 27 IP/14 SO)

Opponent Starters

VMI: Reed Garrett, RHP (3-8, 5.56 ERA, 68 IP/51 SO)
Kentucky: Chandler Shepherd, RHP (5-0, 2.77 ERA, 55.1 IP/39 SO)
Virginia: Josh Sborz, RHP (3-0, 1.98 ERA, 50 IP/47 SO)

UNCW Possible Starters (by position)

Pos.

#

Name

Cl.

Bat

Avg.

R

HR

RBI

SB

C

33

Drew Farber

Sr.

R

.246

26

3

39

2

1B

40

Corey Dick

Jr.

L

.294

35

9

40

0

2B

4

Luis Renvill

Sr.

R

.261

20

1

13

4

3B

2

Ryan LaGrange

Sr.

R

.370

41

5

38

3

SS

37

Terence Connelly

So.

L

.290

39

1

28

3

LF

24

Luke Dunlap

Jr.

R

.338

51

6

46

0

CF

21

Christian Wolfe

So.

R

.206

3

2

11

1

or

7

Steven Linkous

So.

L

.211

14

0

2

4

RF

32

Andy Austin

So.

L

.236

6

0

8

1

or

22

Robbie Thorburn

Fr.

L

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-

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DH

29

Nick Monroe

So.

R

.000

0

0

0

0