|Baseball Preview: Indiana State|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The Seahawks close out their seven-game homestand this weekend hosting one of the hottest teams in the nation when Indiana State visits Brooks Field for the first time. The series begins on Friday with a 4 p.m. first-pitch.
UNCW snapped a brief two-game skid with a 5-2 win over UNCG earlier in the week as Ricky Holden and William Shepley combined for 7.1 innings of shutout relief. The duo didn’t allow a Spartan runner past second base and combined to strikeout eight. Corey Dick extended his hitting streak to a career-long tying 11 games.
Indiana State carries a 12-game winning streak into the weekend. The Sycamores dropped a 4-0 season-opening decision at Auburn, but have been lights out since. ISU is hitting .295, but the pitching staff has been the story with a 2.29 ERA and holding opponents to a .228 batting average. Starters David Stagg, Brad Lombard and Kurt Kudrecki have combined for a 9-1 record.
5 Things To Know
- The Seahawks halted VCU’s nine-game winning streak last weekend
- UNCW has played one of the top-10 toughest schedules in the nation early on with opponents combining for a .662 winning percentage
- ISU head coach Mitch Hannahs was an All-America selection for the Sycamores in 1989 and became the program’s 29th head coach last summer
- The Seahawks and Sycamores met in 2005 at the Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas. UNCW claimed a 4-3 win that day.
- The last Missouri Valley team UNCW played was Creighton, now a member of the Big East. The Seahawks topped the Blue Jays, 6-2, in 2009
Tickets for Saturday’s game will be $3 for active and retired military and their families, with identification, as UNCW hosts its annual Military Appreciation Day at Brooks Field. The Seahawks will wear special camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned-off during the game at the tables behind the press box. Fans can make a bid for these jerseys with all proceeds benefitting Step-Up for Soldiers, a local group helping disabled veterans, remembering the fallen soldiers and supporting our troops. The minimum bid is 40-dollars.