Seahawks, Huskies Tie In Series Finale
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
The Seahawks moved to 23-5-1 overall and 13-1-1 in the league. NU, meanwhile, ran its record to 11-12-1 and 4-7-1 in the circuit.
The Seahawks wasted a solid outing by senior starter Jeff Hatcher, who fanned seven and allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
NU reliever Sheldon McDonald, meanwhile, kept the Seahawks off balance, striking out two in five innings of relief.
Junior Mike Tamsin, senior Mike Lyon, sophomore Tony DiCesare and sophomore Brendan Stokes had each had two hits for the Huskies, who out hit the Seahawks, 9-7.
The Seahawks plated the first run of the game when senior Mark Carver lifted a sacrifice fly to right scoring freshman Alex Hill, who drew a leadoff walk. Hall, who extended his hitting streak to 12 games, gave UNCW a 3-0 lead later in the inning when he homered to left with two outs.
NU answered with a 2-out rally of its own in the bottom of the inning. Hatcher retired the first two batters, but Tamsin, Lyons and DiCesare strung together three singles to score a run to narrow UNCW’s lead to 3-1.
The Huskies threatened in the sixth, putting runners at first and second with one out, but Hatcher fanned
NU tied the game in the eighth when
UNCW had a chance in the ninth putting runners at first and third with one out, but senior Shane French grounded into a double play to end the threat.
The Seahawks visit NC State on Tuesday when they take on the Wolfpack at 6:30 p.m.
Notes: Temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees ... The tie was the first during Head Coach Mark Scalf’s 17 seasons with the Seahawks ... It was also UNCW’s first tie since the 1985 season when they tied 5-all against North Carolina Wesleyan ... The Seahawks hold a 5-4-1 lead in the all-time series ... UNCW has a 2.77 team ERA in conference games ... Temperature at the final out was 34 degrees.