Diamond Hawks back on track heading into key weekend at College of Charleston

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The Seahawks continued to keep close tabs on conference-leading College of Charleston (South Carolina) over the week with a three-game sweep over Delaware to stay within a game of the Cougars.

UNCW is in position for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament as they concluded the week ranked 30th in Warren Nolan’s RPI rankings, which is a list of rankings based on strength of schedule. The Seahawks posted a 4-1 week with a 5-2 setback to nationally ranked Coastal Carolina and a non-conference win at Campbell.

Zach Shields. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Zach Shields. Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.

Junior outfielder Zach Shields was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week after hitting .421, with five runs, a double and home run in his last five games. Shields also finished with seven RBIs.

In the CAA, UNCW stands at 15-3 after sweeping Delaware, while Charleston moved to 16-2 after a road sweep of William & Mary.

The Seahawks (33-12, 15-3 CAA) play their final road series of the season this weekend when they take on the conference-leaders in a series that could determine the regular season championship.

CofC and UNCW were picked by the league’s coaches to finish first and second, respectively, in the preseason poll.

Both teams have been ranked this season with the Cougars reaching as high as 18th this week. UNCW made its debut in the polls in April, but have dropped out since reaching 22nd in the D1Baseball.com poll.

Both programs are also among the national leaders in offense, but both are doing it different ways. Charleston is ranked fifth in batting average (.315) and has scored an average of 7.5 runs, while using the long ball to its advantage, having belted 53 homers this season. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are 10th with a .309 batting average and scoring 7.2 runs per game and have swiped 65 bases, ranking 50th nationally.

This weekend’s series is slated to begin on Friday with a 6 p.m. start.