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Rob Butler homered twice and reliever Carter Love stymied UNCW over 5.1 innings as 18th-ranked College of Charleston finished off a sweep of the Seahawks with an 11-7 win to clinch the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season title on Sunday.

Jared Gesell.
Jared Gesell.

The Cougars improved to 38-10 and 19-2 in the CAA, while the Seahawks fell to 33-15 overall and 15-6 in the league. The sweep was also UNCW’s first time being swept on the road in conference play since 2011 when it dropped three at James Madison.

Love (5-0) allowed just one run over his outing, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out two.

The Cougars sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning and six would score as Charleston took a 9-5 lead. Charleston roughed up losing pitcher Cory Gantz for five of those runs on five hits.

Butler finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Steven Linkous and Andy Austin were two of four Seahawks to have at least two hits. Linkous scored twice and knocked in two.

The road sweep was the second this season against UNCW after also being swept at Florida State (Feb. 27-March 1).

The Seahawks finish their non-conference schedule with a 6 p.m. start at North Carolina on May 12. UNCW remains in second place atop the CAA standings with four games to go on the regular season. Following a trip to Chapel Hill, the Sehawks return home for their final three-game series against James Madison.