The Seahawks got two runs in the second as Andrew Cain led off with a home run to right center. Thomas Pope then walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Following an infield pop-up for the second out, Jake Koenig laced a two-strike pitch up the middle to score Pope with the second run of the inning.
UNCW added a run in the third as Matt Campbell homered down the left field line.
Hofstra got on the board in the third as Verbitsky led off with a single and would come home on a Matt Reistetter two-out single to make it a 3-1 game. The Pride then scored another run in the fourth to make it a 3-2 ball game. Kenny Jackson led off with a single and went to third on Joe Perez ' single. Jared Hammer followed with a single through the right side to score Jackson. But UNCW starter Tyler McSwain struck out the next two batters and got the third out on a fly to left to escape without further damage.
The Pride took the lead in the sixth, sending nine men to the plate and scoring four runs with two outs in the inning. Matt Ford got the rally started by drawing a walk. Verbitsky then homered to deep centerfield to give the Pride a 4-3 lead. Logan Davis followed with a double to chase McSwain. Jack Lane came on in relief and walked Dylan Nasiatka and then gave up an RBI single to Reistetter for a 5-3 Pride advantage. William Prince came on to relieve Lane and gave up a single to Danny Poma that scored Nasiatka for a 6-3 lead.
The Seahawks plated a run off of Pride reliever Jeff Guthridge in the eighth as Thomas Pope reached on a fielder's choice and stole second. Alex Hill then doubled over the head of Jackson in left to make it a 6-4 game. UNCW threatened in the ninth, putting two runners on against Guthridge before Verbitsky came on and struck out Hunter Ridge to end the game and earn his third save of the season.
Guthridge went 4 2/3 innings in relief of Joe Burg . He allowed four hits and one run to improve to 2-1 on the season. Reistetter finished two-for-three on the day with two RBIs.
Campbell, Hill and Koenig each had two hits for UNC Wilmington. McSwain took the loss for the Seahawks, falling to 4-3 on the year after allowing eight hits and five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Hofstra returns to action this Wednesday when it hosts St. John's at 3 p.m.