UNCW softball ‘strikes out’ cancer; Hawks open conference play vs. No. 9 JMU

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The UNCW softball team did its best to “Strike Out Cancer” during last Friday’s doubleheader sweep against Columbia by wearing pink jerseys, which were auctioned off during the pair of games.

The auction, which benefited the Pretty in Pink Foundation, raised $814, which is an increase of nearly 63 percent from last year’s auction. The Pretty in Pink Foundation provides financial assistance and support to underinsured and uninsured North Carolinians with breast cancer.

UNCW opens a three-game series at home against James Madison at 1p.m. on Friday.
UNCW opens a three-game series at home against James Madison at 1p.m. on Friday.

“Our Strike Out Cancer game has a special meaning to each of us,” Coach Kristy Norton said. “Whether we have lost someone to cancer or know someone who has taken cancer head on and won, raising money to help pay for someone’s screening is the least we can do. We are thankful for all of the supporters who purchased these jerseys in support of striking out cancer.”

The pink jersey auction is the first of two special auctions the Seahawks will hold this year to raise money for charity. UNCW will also hold a camouflage jersey auction during its Colonial Athletic Association game against Delaware on Apr. 10, with proceeds going to Step Up for Soldiers.

UNCW, which is off to a 19-9 start, completes an 11-game homestand this weekend by welcoming No. 9 James Madison to Boseman Field for a three-game CAA series. The Seahawks and Dukes are slated to play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday before wrapping up the series with a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.