Diamond Hawks extend winning streak to 11 games

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Robbie Thorburn had three hits and scored three runs while Kennard McDowell added two hits and two runs batted in as UNCW clinched a Colonial Athletic Association series on Saturday with a 6-2 win over Towson at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks clinched their third CAA series with the win an improved to 26-9 overall and 7-2 in the league with their 11th consecutive win. The Tigers fell to 14-26 and 5-6 with their eighth straight loss.

Thorburn and McDowell keyed the UNCW offense from the bottom of the order while Steven Linkous knocked in two runs on two hits in the leadoff spot. Brian Mims also had two hits for UNCW.

Freshman Alex Royalty (6-2) picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He finished with five strikeouts.

Chris Henze had two hits for Towson and drove in both TU runs. Richie Palacios scored twice and stole two bases to raise his league-leading stolen base total to 29. Colin Gimblet also had two hits.

Starter Kevin Ross (2-5) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 innings.

Up next: UNCW and Towson conclude the series on Sunday with a 2 p.m. start.

Home Runs: none

How it happened: Thorburn and McDowell opened the scoring in the bottom of third. Thorburn led off with a single, stole second and scored one batter later on a double off the bat of McDowell. Two batters later, Brian Mims scored McDowell from second with a two-out RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Inside the box score: UNCW was just 5-for-20 with RISP while Towson was 5-for-7 ... UNCW landed its leadoff hitter on base in seven innings for the second time this season ... Royalty limited Towson to two hits with runners on base ... UNCW had three two-out RBI's while Towson had two.

Notes: The Seahawks tied a school record with 12 straight home wins, record was set in 2008 ... UNCW had its 10-game home run streak halted ... Steven Linkous led off the game with a single to extend his career-long hitting streak to 17 games ... Towson has scored two runs in each of its last four games ... Mims tied his career-best hitting streak at eight games.