CONWAY, South Carolina – Gavin Stupienski collected three hits and UNCW's bullpen allowed just one run, but Coastal Carolina picked up a 4-1 win over the Seahawks on Tuesday at Springs Brooks Stadium.
CCU (37-15) earned its 25th home win of the season and complete a sweep of the home-and-home series with the Seahawks. UNCW dropped its third straight and fell to 35-14.
Starter Zack Hopeck (2-2) rolled through the Seahawks to even his record on the season. The righthander held UNCW to two singles and did not walk a batter while fanning five over six innings.
G.K. Young led CCU at the plate with two hits, including his team-leading 15th homer of the season.
Whitman Barnes (2-1) took the loss for the Seahawks. Barnes surrendered three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk over two innings.
Relievers Austin Easter, Brandon Mulier, Alex Groff and Gunner Deal combined for six innings of one-hit, one-run relief.
Stupienski had three of UNCW's five hits on the night.
Up next: UNCW closes out the regular season with a three-game series at Delaware. The series begins on Thursday with a 3 p.m. start. The Seahawks need a combination of UNCW wins and William & Mary losses equaling two to clinch the Colonial Athletic Association's regular season title.
Home Runs: CCU – Young (off Barnes in the second inning, leadoff)
How it happened: Coastal Carolina jumped on Barnes for three runs, two earned, in the bottom of the second for a 3-0 lead. Young homered off Barnes to open the inning and Parrett and Paez delivered a sac fly and RBI single later in the inning, respectively.
Notes: Tonight's game was delayed 60 minutes due to rain earlier in the afternoon … Stupienski extended his hitting streak to six games with his 19th multiple hit game of the season … UNCW dropped to 6-11 on the road.