It’s a sweep for the Diamond Hawks

WILMINGTON, North CarolinaJack Howell and Jac Croom each had two hits as UNCW held off Towson, 8-6, to complete a Colonial Athletic Association Series sweep Sunday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks, who improved to 19-6 at home, pushed their record to 21-13 overall and 6-3 in the conference. The Tiger saw their record drop to 9-26 and 0-9.

Howell doubled twice and hit two runs while Croom hit his fifth homer of the season. Joining Croom with a round trip was John Newtonwho hit his sixth home run of the season and walked three. Chris Thorburn added two hits and scored twice.

Cole Benton (2-1) was credited with the win as Hunter Hodges threw a goal-laden jam in the eighth and retired the team in order in the ninth for his fifth save.

Elijah Dickerson had two hits, including his sixth homer of the season and his second of the series. James Moses also homered; it was his second of the season.

Starter Nick Janowicz (2-5) allowed seven runs on seven hits and one walk and took the loss.

How did it happen: UNCW took a 2-0 lead in the first set when Matt Suggs, doubled inside the third base sack, scoring Thorburn and Newton. Newton pushed it to a 4-0 lead in the third with an imposing shot to the center right with Thorburn.

Inside the box score: UNCW was 3 for 10 with RISP and landed the first batter on base four times … Towson was able to get his first batter on base six times on Sunday and ended the series doing it 15 times … The UNCW pitch allowed just one two-hit on the game…Newton’s home run extended his hitting streak to six games…UNCW leads all-time series 49-19, 32-7 at Brooks Field and have won the last seven meetings.

Home runs: Towson: James Moses (2, led fourth inning, 364 feet right center, 96 bike out), Elijah Dickinson (6, one out, nobody in fourth inning, 360 feet right, 94 bike out); UNCW: John Newton (6, none out, one in round three, 402 feet to center right, 95 bike out), Jac Croom (5, start of round four, 391 feet right, 99 bike out)

Following: UNCW visits East Carolina on April 19 for a 6:30 p.m. departure.


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