WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Lauryn Buckworth hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to lead UNCW to a 3-1 victory over Drexel in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Sunday at Boseman Field.  

Playing their final home game of the season, the Seahawks improved to 16-34 overall and 3-14 in league play while the Dragons moved to 15-33 and 2-16. UNCW closes out the regular season next weekend with a three-game series at Delaware. The two teams will play a doubleheader Friday and a single game Saturday with action on both days slated to begin at Noon.

In her final appearance at Boseman Field, Buckworth was 2-for-6 with three RBI to lead the Seahawks attack while junior Morgan McCann was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Junior KC Shue and sophomore Kristen Jernigan accounted for UNCW’s other two base hits in the contest.

Sophomore Casey Rowland picked up the victory for UNCW as she improved to 10-13 on the season. Pitching all 13 innings, Rowland allowed one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out three.

Buckworth’s game-winning hit came after the two teams played nearly 10 innings of shutout softball as the two teams traded single runs in the third. Drexel opened the scoring on a RBI groundout by sophomore Maggy Fermo in the top of the third only to see the Seahawks tie the game in the bottom half of the frame on a two-out double to right center by Buckworth.

In the decisive frame, Drexel freshman pitcher Tara Konopka would retire the first two batters of the inning before McCann singled up the middle to keep the inning alive. Buckworth then stepped to the plate and worked the count full before sending the payoff pitch over the center field fence for the two-run victory.

Konopka took the loss for the Dragons to move her season mark to 8-17. Konopka allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 12.2 innings in the circle. She struck out five.

Senior Hanna Parrish and Sophomore Jill Popek tallied two hits apiece for the Dragons. Fermo was 1-for-6 with Drexel’s lone RBI.