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Weekend sports recap: CAA title for UNCW Men's Track & Field, Hammerheads tie + more!

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HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW...click icon to see video) -– UNCW won eight events, including both relays, as the Seahawks claimed their 11th Colonial Athletic Association men’s track & field championship on Saturday at University Park in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Seahawks ran away with the men’s title with 265 points while Northeastern finished second with 221. Defending champion William & Mary took third.

On the women’s side, Delaware claimed its first women’s title while Northeastern and William & Mary tied for second. UNCW took fourth with 127 points.

“This was a tremendous weekend for both of our programs, we had incredible performances on Saturday,” said UNCW Head Coach Jim Sprecher. “It’s great to get back to the top after several near-misses over the past years. All our athletes came together today and turned in winning performances.”

Leading the way for the Seahawks on the final day was junior Cam Walton, who earned his second and third gold medals of the championships. Walton won the Triple Jump with a mark of 49-9.25 feet and also ran a leg of the winning 4x100 relay (41.91 seconds). For his efforts, Walton was named Field MVP of the meet.

UNCW’s biggest winner on the day was senior Meena Reid who earned four golds, winning the 100 and 200 meters and running legs of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Reid posted times of 11.68 in the 100 and later clocked in at 24.33 in the 200.

“Meena shined today with two individual wins and then ran on the winning relays. Those 40 points were valuable to us.”

Freshman Brandon McLean gave UNCW a sweep of the 100 meters when he claimed top honors with a time of 10.61. He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100.

In the hurdles, Matthew Foster (14.38) won the 110 and Cody Love (53.52) won the 400 for the Seahawks. Love also ran the anchor leg of the 4x400.

Dylan Skinner added two golds on the day by winning the 800 meters (1:50.46) and running on the 4x400 relay.

In the field events, freshman Margaret Edwards won the High Jump with a mark of 5-7 and fellow newcomer Caleb Mathis captured the Decathlon with 5,605 points.

Junior Hailey Blackburn ran on both winning relays for the Seahawk women.

UNCW became the third school to win all four relays, joining George Mason in 1995 and 2003. The women's 4x400 set a school record with a time of 3:45.97.

Scores:

Women - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored
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1) Delaware 158 2) Northeastern 138
2) William and Mary 138 4) UNC-Wilmington 127
5) James Madison 119 6) Towson 87
7) Col. of Charleston 50

Men - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored
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1) UNC-Wilmington 265 2) Northeastern 221
3) William and Mary 151

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW....Click icon to see video) -- Tyler Thornton struck out six over six innings and Ryan Welke had two hits and scored twice as College of Charleston averted a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep at the hands of UNCW with a 7-4 win over the Seahawks on Sunday at Brooks Field.

The Cougars halted a modest two-game skid with the win and improved to 32-15 and 11-4 in the league. The Seahawks fell back to .500 on the season at 23-23 and 8-8 in the CAA. Thornton (4-4) allowed two runs, one earned on five hits and a walk before making way for the CofC bullpen. UNCW starter Ryan Foster (1-3) took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk. He finished with six strikeouts, one short of his career-high of seven. Joining Welke with a multi-hit game for the Cougars was Blake Butler with two hits, including a double. Brandon Glazer picked up two RBI’s without a hit.

UNCW’s Joe Bertone went 2-for-2 with two doubles and was the only Seahawk with more than one hit.
Up next: The Seahawks visit The Citadel on May 8 for a 7 p.m. start. That game will be part of a split three-game series with the Bulldogs. The two will play again in Charleston on May 9 before concluding the series on May 10 (Sunday) with a 2 p.m. start at Brooks Field.

How it happened: CofC scored twice in the fourth inning as Ben Boykin doubled to lead off the and Welke followed with an infield single. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt and Glazer plated Boykin with a ground out to shortstop. Welke would score on batter later on a throwing error by UNCW with two out for a 3-2 lead.

Inside the box score: Charleston scored 3-of-4 base runners from third with less than two out … CofC also had four hits in RBI opportunities … Ryan Foster didn’t allow a two-out hit during his stint, but did allow the leadoff hitter to reach safe twice and both would score.

Notes: The Seahawks lead the all-time series, 7-6 … Bertone hit .750 (6-for-8) in the series, slugged 1.750 with two doubles and two home runs, score twice and knocked in four … The series was pitching dominated with CofC hitting .222 (22-99) and UNCW at .242 (23-95) … The College of Charleston had allowed just eight first-inning runs entering the series before UNCW outscored the Cougars, 7-1, in the opening inning in three games combined.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Sophomore Jailyn Ford hurled her second shutout of the weekend to lead James Madison to a 1-0 victory over UNCW in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series Saturday at Boseman Field.

The Dukes finished the regular season with a 41-13 overall record and a 15-3 mark in league play as they captured the league’s regular season title and earned the right to host the 2014 CAA Softball Championship May 7-9 at Veterans Memorial Park. The Seahawks, meanwhile, ended their season at 18-34 and 4-13.

Ford scattered five hits over seven innings of work to improve to 21-6 on the season. She did not issue a walk and struck out eight as she surpassed the 200-strikeout plateau for the second consecutive season.

Junior Casey Rowland was the tough-luck loser for the Seahawks as she surrendered just one run on four hits and three walks to move to 10-15 on the campaign. Rowland struck out five in a complete-game effort.

Ford was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Dukes while sophomore Erica Ford and freshman Taylor Newman accounted for the Dukes other two base hits in the contest.

Senior Brittany Gamby was 2-for-3 to highlight the UNCW lineup. Rowland, senior Casey Shue and sophomore Erin Brown recorded the other three Seahawk hits in the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED: In another tight pitcher’s duel between Ford and Rowland that saw the two teams combine for just nine total hits, the Dukes plated the only run of the game in the top of the sixth.

With two outs in the frame, Ford kept the inning alive with a double to right center. She was replaced by freshman pinch runner Carli Lemelin, who would score one batter later on a pair of wild pitches during an intentional walk to Ford to give JMU a 1-0 lead.

UNCW threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth as senior Brittany Gamby and Casey Shue recorded back-to-back singles with two outs to put the tying run into scoring position. Ford was able to work out of the jam, however, retiring the next batter she faced to end the threat.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two teams combined to leave nine runners on base (JMU 5; UNCW 4) … JMU was 0-for-9 at the plate with runners on base while UNCW was 2-for-6… The two teams combined to put their leadoff batter on base on four of 14 occasions … The two teams were a combined 3-for-16 at the plate with two outs … The Seahawks 2-3-4 hitters were a combined 4-for-9 at the plate.

NOTES: UNCW finished the season with a 13-17 record at home … The loss moved the Seahawks to 7-10 this season in one-run contests … UNCW was shutout for just the seventh time this season … The loss dropped the Seahawks to 13-6 this season when holding teams to two runs or fewer … Junior Casey Rowland finished her junior season second on the program’s single-season list for strikeouts with 179 strikeouts … Freshman Merritt Wilkinson finished tied for third on the program’s single-season walks list with 27.

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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) --- Wilmington Hammerheads FC ended Saturday night's match versus the Rochester Rhinos with their second draw of the season. Neither the Hammerheads nor the Rhinos could find the back of the net at Legion Stadium to secure the single goal that would render victorious.

The Hammerheads started the first half with an improved pace from the previous weekend coming off of their defeat against the Charlotte Eagles that ended their undefeated start to the season. Midfielder Daniel Lovitz had is first attempt of the night in the 7th minute off a cross from forward Cody Arnoux that deflected off Rochester causing commotion in the box to regain possession of the ball.

As the game continued both teams fought to gain majority control, in return each team received three yellow cards in the second half alone. As the final whistle was gaining closer by minutes, Hammerheads midfielder Steven Miller had a shot on Rochester goalkeeper John McCarthy that ended in a save. Not long after, the shot was followed by a header from forward Jordan Hamilton off a corner kick saved by McCarthy on the jump.

Hamilton is the fourth player to be loaned to the Hammerheads from their Major League Soccer affiliate Toronto FC. Hamilton produced another shot in stoppage time to conclude his debut match with the squad.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC are scheduled to travel to Blackbaud Stadium on Saturday, May 17 to take on the Charleston Battery for their next match. For more information regarding the Hammerheads, please contact (910) 777-2111 or visit online at www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.

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CHARLOTTE (AP) -- More than two years after going through brain surgery, J.B. Holmes is a winner again on the PGA Tour.

Holmes rolled in a 3-foot bogey putt on the final hole at Quail Hollow for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk in the Wells Fargo Championship. Furyk had finished his Sunday-best 65 some two hours earlier.

It was a remarkable turnaround for Holmes, who won for the third time in his career. He had brain surgery twice in 2011. He hurt his elbow trying to return too quickly, and had surgery on that only after being sidelined with a broken ankle.

The victory gets him into The Players Championship next week, and the PGA Championship in his home state of Kentucky in August.

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