Fresh off a weekend sweep of North Carolina Central, the UNCW softball team continues its 18-game homestand Tuesday as it faces Youngstown State in a three-game series at Boseman Field.
Senior Brittany Gamby and sophomore Erin Brown hit .500 or better at the plate over the weekend to pace a potent Seahawks lineup that finished the three-game series with 26 hits. Freshman Nella Chamblee drove in five runs and senior Casey Shue added four as the Seahawks plated 21 runs against the Eagles.
Junior hurler Casey Rowland fashioned a .68 earned run average in 10.1 innings in the circle against N.C. Central. Rowland struck out 17 batters in her two appearances, highlighted by a complete game effort that saw her fan 12 in UNCW’s 4-0 victory in the series opener.
The Seahawks and Penguins will square off in a 3 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday before wrapping the series up with a 1:30 p.m. contest Wednesday. Live stats and streaming video are available for all three games and can be accessed at www.uncwsports.com.
McLeod one stroke back from lead in Myrtle Beach
UNCW senior Payne McLeod totaled six birdies in the opening round and is tied for second at the General Hackler Championship at TPC of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday.
McLeod (70-74=144) is in position to win his first tournament since winning the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title last spring. His best finish of the 2013-14 season is a second-place outing at the Rees Jones Invitational in September. McLeod carded an opening round two-under-70 and held a share of the lead before dropping one spot into second after 36 holes.
East Tennessee’s Rhys Pugh holds a one-stroke lead over a trio of golfers, including McLeod, in second.
Seahawk divers compete at NCAA Championships
UNCW freshmen Allen Crosby and Nathan Lane finished 30th and 33rd, respectively, in the 3-meter board at the NCAA Zone B Championships on Monday at the Greensboro Aquatics Center.
“Today was a great experience for Allen and Nathan,” said UNCW Diving Coach Beau Bunn. “This was a very difficult zone, one that included Duke’s Nick McCrory (Olympic bronze medalist) and Tennessee’s Mauricio Robles, who finished 1-2 in the Zone. Both competed against us this season at the Seahawk Natatorium.”
Crosby totaled 253.0 points during his six-dive competition in his NCAA appearance, while Lane collected 221.4 points during his attempts.
The two will compete again on Tuesday on the 1-meter board.