Mims leads Diamond Hawks in 9-5 win over Charleston

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Mims leads Diamond Hawks in 9-5 win over Charleston

Mims (pictured from win vs. East Tennessee State) now ranks fourth among the Seahawks with a .387 batting average.

Mims (pictured from win vs. East Tennessee State) now ranks fourth among the Seahawks with a .387 batting average.

Mims (pictured from win vs. East Tennessee State) now ranks fourth among the Seahawks with a .387 batting average.

Mims (pictured from win vs. East Tennessee State) now ranks fourth among the Seahawks with a .387 batting average.

Noah Thomas | Sports Editor

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It’s starting to look as if no one in the Colonial Athletic Association will be able to stop UNC Wilmington.

The Seahawks kept on soaring past their opponents on a sunny Saturday afternoon, this time in game two of their CAA series hosting College of Charleston. UNCW defeated the Cougars, 9-5, to clinch another series win behind a powerful performance from sophomore Brian Mims (4-for-5, 2 RBI). 

It would not take long for UNCW to start putting runs on the board. After a solid first inning of pitching from Alex Royalty, Steven Linkous’s leadoff triple set Mims up for an easy RBI on a single to left field.

Mims’s big day acted as a return to form, allowing him to bounce back from an 0-for-3 outing the night before. A solo home run in the fourth innings added to his offensive total for the day.

“Some guys will have tough days, but then they’ll bounce right back,” said head coach Mark Scalf. “Even some of the guys who had tougher days today, they still had an at-bat that made a difference over the course of the game.”

Daniel Stack moved into the fifth spot in the batting order to replace Casey Golden. A three-run home run from him in the bottom of the third inning helped UNCW blow its lead open and validated Scalf’s decision to move him up.

“That’s something we need,” said Scalf. “We need guys to continue to step up and find ways, when runners are out there, we need to be able to pick them up. Daniel did that today.”

The Seahawks have now won 18 of their last 19 ballgames, including a 20-game win streak at Brooks Field, to widen their lead in CAA by four in the loss column over William & Mary.

Tomorrow, UNCW (33-10, 13-2) will try for its fifth straight sweep when in concludes its series vs. Charleston (23-21-1, 7-10) at 2 p.m at Brooks Field. Cory Gantz will be on the mound for the Seahawks.

Game Notes: Nick Feight extended his nation-leading RBI count to 75, he’s seven away from tying the school record for RBI in a season … Austin Magestro picked up the win with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen after Royalty was pulled in the fifth inning … The Seahawks totaled 14 hits and hit their average of nine run