|Softball Preview: Coastal Carolina|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team renews acquaintances with long-time rival Coastal Carolina Wednesday as it hosts the Chanticleers in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Boseman Field.
Live stats and streaming video are available for both games and can be accessed by clicking on the respective links at the top of the page.
The Seahawks (16-16) are back in action after splitting a doubleheader against Colonial Athletic Association foe Delaware on Sunday at Boseman Field. Senior Casey Shue went 3-for-7 with two RBI and two runs scored to pace the UNCW lineup during the twinbill while junior Jessica Rappe and sophomore Erin Brown both drove in two runs each. In the circle, junior Casey Rowland held the Blue Hens to just nine hits in 11.1 innings in the circle. Rowland also struck out six as she surpassed the 100-stikeout plateau for the third consecutive season.
Winners of five of its last six contests, Coastal Carolina (22-10) looks to continue its winning ways after taking two of three games during a Big South Conference series at Campbell last weekend. Sophomore Bri Chiusano leads the Chanticleer lineup with a .429 batting average while junior Kory Hayden ranks among the top 20 players in the nation in both home runs (13/4th) and runs batted in (38/16th). Pitcher Kiana Quolas has been dominant in the circle during her junior campaign, boasting a 0.84 earned run average that is seventh in the nation while also recording 113 strikeouts in 125.2 innings pitched.
Wednesday’s doubleheader marks the 28th consecutive season that UNCW and Coastal Carolina have met on the diamond. The Chanticleers hold a 68-23 advantage in the all-time series and carry an eight-game winning streak versus the Seahawks into Wednesday’s matchup. UNCW’s last victory over Coastal Carolina came in a 9-6 victory at Boseman Field on March 10, 2010.
UNCW returns to action this weekend as it travels to defending regular season and tournament champion Hofstra for a three-game league series.