Brooks Field: The X factor moving forward for UNCW baseball


Zachary Kilby

Taber Mongero rounding third base at Brooks Field.

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After dropping two out of three games over the weekend to Elon (13-17, 6-6 Colonial Athletic Association), UNCW baseball (19-15, 5-7 CAA) will certainly look forward to returning home for 10 out of its next 12 matchups.

The Seahawks fell into last place in the South Division of the CAA after losing a pair of one-run games over the weekend to the Phoenix. UNCW is now 0-6 on the season in games decided by just one run.

Although being stuck in last place is certainly not what UNCW Head Coach Randy Hood and the Hawks expected at this point in the season, the Seahawks are far from out of the conversation as contenders to win the conference.

Only two games separate UNCW and first-place Charleston in the South Division. Northeastern is a perfect 7-0 in conference play and holds the top spot in the North.

Over the next three weeks of the season, UNCW will play all but two of its next dozen games at Brooks Field where the team has enjoyed a 16-6 record so far in 2021. Away games are a different story, as the Hawks are 3-9 on the road.

The Seahawks will look to use its home-field advantage over the next three weeks to improve what has been a mediocre conference record up to this point in the season.

The road will not get any easier for UNCW in the days to come as the Seahawks will face off against Coastal Carolina (19-15, 3-6 Sun Belt Conference), in a two-game series, Apr. 27-28. The Chanticleers defeated the Hawks at Brooks Field earlier in the month, 8-2.