By John Riemer
UNCW Athletic Communications Intern

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - With just 75 miles separating UNCW and Coastal Carolina, the geographical proximity lends itself to a natural rivalry. That competitiveness will be manifested on Wednesday when the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee promotes “Beat Coastal Day” during baseball and softball games on campus.

The beach location of both schools is a strong attraction for many students; UNCW and CCU often compete for the same high school student-athletes.

“As far as competing against Coastal, we recruit many of the same athletes, so that is a huge cause for the rivalry,” said UNCW Head Softball Coach Kristy Norton.

To help swing the teal rivalry in UNCW’s favor, the SAAC created “Beat Coastal Day.” The concept for the event was originated by SAAC President Josh Woodfox.

“The goal of ‘Beat Coastal Day’ is to promote school spirit and pride among students, faculty and the Wilmington community,” said Woodfox.

On Wednesday, the softball team plays Coastal Carolina in a doubleheader at 3 and 5 p.m. at Boseman Field. The baseball team battles the Chanticleers at Brooks Field at 6 p.m. UNCW won the initial game between the two schools, 7-3, on March 19 in Conway, S.C.

“Our games with Coastal are always extremely competitive because you have two programs with a history and expectations of reaching the post-season,” said UNCW Head Baseball Coach Mark Scalf.

The SAAC will be working with the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE), the Campus Activities and Involvement Center (CAIC), Seahawk Sports Marketing, and the Seahawk Club to stage the “Beat Coastal Day” event.

The day will feature UNCW student-athlete autographs, free “Beat Coastal” t-shirts, relay races, cornhole, face painting, sign making, food, and other fun activities. Sammy the Seahawk and the UNCW Dance Team will be cheering on the softball and baseball teams as well.

 

“My motivation to start this event is to create a tradition here at UNCW that will last beyond this year and will be something the community looks forward to every year,” said Woodfox.