Diamond Hawks finish sweep to close regular season on high note

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Junior righthander Evan Phillips allowed one run on five hits and struck out six over seven innings as UNCW topped visiting James Madison  5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season finale for both teams on Saturday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks will carry a three-game winning streak into next week’s conference tournament and raised their record to 36-16 overall and 18-6 in the league. The Dukes capped their season with an 18-33 mark and 6-18 in the CAA.  UNCW also finished their home conference schedule undefeated at 12-o.

UNCW honored its three seniors in their final home game on Saturday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
UNCW honored its three seniors in their final home game on Saturday. Photo courtesy UNCW Athletics.

Phillips (2-1) rolled through the Duke order, allowing just two runners to get into scoring position until the seventh when Brett Johnson homered. He had eight ground ball outs in the first six innings, while fanning five over that same span.

Casey Golden broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer to center field in the third inning for his sixth roundtripper of the season.

Corey Dick and Terence Connelly had two hits apiece, while Dick belted his sixth homer of the season. Connelly added a RBI single in a two-run seventh.

The Seahawks head to Charleston, South Carolina, for the CAA tournament where they’ll play either Northeastern or William & Mary at noon May 21.