Seahawks extend nation's longest home win streak

Seahawks extend nation's longest home win streak


WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Brian Mims had four hits and Casey Golden knocked in four runs as UNCW finished off a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of Hofstra with an 18-4 win on Sunday at Brooks Field.

UNCW pushed its school-record and nation-leading home winning streak to 17 games while improving to 31-10 overall and 11-2 in the league. The Pride dropped to 13-30 and 4-13 with their sixth consecutive loss.

Mims, who raised his batting average to .382, finished the afternoon going 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two driven in. Golden, meanwhile, singled in two runs in the first inning and later doubled in two more.Robbie Thorburn and Kennard McDowell fueled the Seahawks from the bottom of the order going 3-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively. Thorburn scored four runs while collecting two doubles and a triple. McDowell scored three runs and plated three, including two on his fourth homer of the season.

Steven Linkous, who was third in the conference with a .392 batting average entering the game, collected three hits to move into a tie for the league-lead with a .398 average.

Junior Cory Gantz (4-0) remained undefeated on the season, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits.

David Leiderman paced the Pride with three hits, including a solo homer in the seventh inning. Chris Hardardt finished with two hits.

Starter Bowie Matteson (3-5) was knocked in the third inning after allowing 10 runs, six earned, on nine hits in 2.1 innings.

Up next: The Seahawks continue conference play on May 6 when they host the College of Charleston at 6 p.m.

Home Runs: Hofstra – Leiderman (off Barnes in the seventh inning, none on, one out); UNCW – McDowell (off Heidenfelter in the seventh inning, one on, two out)

How it happened: The Seahawks jumped on the Pride with three runs in the first inning, but it was an eight-run third inning that put the game away. Thirteen hitters made their way to the play in the inning with Thorburn and Canada plating runs on doubles.

Inside the box score: The Seahawks plated eight runners from third with less than one out … McDowell had two of UNCW's three, two-out RBI's … UNCW hit .458 (11-24) with RISP … Cory Gantz limited HU to two hits with two outs … The Seahawks advanced runners in 28-of-36 opportunities.

Notes: The Seahawks improved to 25-2 when hitting a home run and 21-1 when scoring 10+ runs … UNCW has outscored its opponents, 76-25, in the third inning … The starting pitcher in each game earned the win for the Seahawks for the second straight weekend and the fourth time this season … The pitching staff posted a 3.00 ERA this weekend … UNCW hit .407 on the weekend and slugged .675 … Nick Feightmoved into second on UNCW's single season RBI list with 74 following a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning … Robbie Thorburn hit .750 (9-12) with four doubles and two triple on the weekend with eight runs scored … All four of his triples this season have come in his last seven games.