Brandenburg’s hit-streak grows longer, so does his stache

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Zachary Kilby

Kip Brandenburg crossing home plate after hitting a home run in UNCW’s matchup with NC State on Mar. 23, 2021.

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s Kip Brandenburg extended his hit streak to 20 games Tuesday night with an early home run in a 5-3 loss to NC State (5-9, 1-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Brooks Field.

The solo-shot came in the bottom of the second inning and was shortly followed by a solo-homerun from Matt Suggs who came right after Brandenburg in the lineup.

Brandenburg’s streak dates all the way back to the last two games of the 2020 season before the campaign was canceled due to COVID-19.

Brandenburg started sporting the mustache earlier this season when his hit streak became rather lengthy. The look seems to be working well for him and the Hawks’ offense which has scored eight or more runs six out of the 18 games this year.

The Greensboro native transferred to the Port City after spending his sophomore year with UNC. Brandenburg carries a .391 average on the season thus far which leads the way for the Seahawks.

UNCW (12-6, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association) will look to get back on track Friday night when they travel to South Carolina to take on Charleston (5-10, 2-1 CAA) for a three-game conference matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.