Will Hood & Hawks find a midweek replacement for CCU?


Zachary Kilby

Adam Smith during UNCW’s matchup with Elon on Apr. 4, 2021.

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After a much-needed series win against Elon (7-13, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association) this past weekend at Brooks Field, UNCW (15-9, 4-5 CAA) will head into the week after having to postpone its matchup with Coastal Carolina which was originally scheduled for Apr. 6 in Conway.

“We’ll take a great series win for us,” said UNCW Head Coach Randy Hood after Sunday’s 8-2 win. “We need it. We needed it bad…hopefully, we can build off this and get back above .500 in the league.”

Currently, the Hawks have no midweek matchup on the schedule after the Chanticleers were forced to postpone its next five games due to COVID-19 protocols. If UNCW does not find a replacement game to fill the opening on Tuesday, it will make two consecutive weeks the Seahawks have not had a midweek matchup this season.

“We want to play as much as we can,” said Hood. “I’m still trying to search. I’ve probably made 15 to 20 texts and calls over the last two days to try and figure out something for Tuesday or Wednesday, but still don’t have anything set in stone.”

Hood mentioned he preferred to host a midweek matchup at Brooks Field, but is open to traveling somewhere, “middle of the state or even in Virginia” in Sunday’s postgame interview.

If nobody agrees to play the Seahawks? Plan B.

“If we don’t get the midweek game scheduled, we will do like we’ve done in the past weeks…we’ll have a good 7-9 inning intrasquad on Tuesday,” said Hood. “We will try to make it as game-like and live as possible to where it’s like you’re playing a midweek.”

As of now, UNCW’s next series will be against James Madison (5-7, 2-1) Apr. 9-11 in Harrisonburg, VA. JMU currently sits atop the South division in the CAA, while UNCW currently stands second-to-last.