Diamond Hawks knock out Green Wave, face No. 2 Tigers in NCAA regional final

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Senior pitcher Nick Monroe gave the Seahawks what they needed–a strong start–and freshman infielder Zack Canada had three hits as UNCW advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with an 8-2 win over Tulane on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium.

UNCW gets another shot at LSU on Monday. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
UNCW gets another shot at LSU on Monday. Photo courtesy UNCW sports.

The Seahawks advance to the championship round for a fourth time overall and second time in Baton Rouge (2003). UNCW will play host LSU at 1 p.m. and with a win, the Seahawks and Tigers will play again at 8 p.m.

UNCW improved to 41-17 with the win, while the Green Wave concluded their season with a 35-25 mark.

Monroe (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits, walked five and struck out six in going a seasonlong 8.2 innings. His previous long outing was an 8.1 inning appearance against Delaware.

Canada led the Seahawks with those three hits and drove in two runs. Connelly and Shields added two-hit games for UNCW, while Casey Golden knocked in a pair of runs.
The Seahawks  jumped in front with a six-run third inning. UNCW had six hits with Gavin Stupienski’s RBI double highlighting the inning. Ten batters made their way to the plate in the outburst.