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Wednesday wasn't "Meet the Press" day at UNCW. That's a television show. Instead Wednesday was "media day" at Brooks Field for the UNCW baseball team. Mark Scalf is about to enter his 20th season as the head coach of UNC Wilmington.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UNCW was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association this spring in a voting of the league's coaches that was released in January.

James Madison and Georgia State were picked first and second, respectively, as each received four first-place votes. Defending champion Virginia Commonwealth (two first-place votes) was third followed by the Seahawks, who received the other first-place vote. The top four teams in the poll were separated by just seven points.

Rounding out the poll are William & Mary (54 pts), George Mason (51), Old Dominion (44), Delaware (34), Towson (33), Hofstra (26) and Northeastern (18)

The Seahawks, who have reached the championship game of the CAA tournament four times in the last seven seasons, return five positional starters from last spring, including junior Andrew Cain (.317, 2 HR, 15), whose season was halted after just 20 games. Also returning for the Seahawks are CAA All-Rookie selections Michael Bass (.300, 1, 25) and Hunter Ridge (.348, 5 49). Joining Cain in the outfield are junior Thomas Pope (.278, 0, 14), who earned CAA All-Tournament honors, and senior Alex Hill (.274, 7, 23) who made 42 starts a year ago.

UNCW returns a bulk of its staff that led the 11-team circuit in earned run average (4.60), opponent's batting average (.260) and strikeouts (479). UNCW lost just one starter and returns seniors Justin Bradley (3-2, 4.28 ERA) and Daniel Cropper (3-4, 4.69) in addition to junior Tyler McSwain (6-3, 4.02).
The Seahawks open the 2011 season on Feb. 18 hosting Jacksonville in the first of a three-game series. UNCWs conference opener is March 11 against Northeastern at Brooks Field.

article above courtesy UNCW Sports Information

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