Snyder Lifts Seahawks In Key CAA Win Over Panthers
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Senior Jes Snyder delivered a bases loaded, 2-run single with one out in the bottom of the eighth to give UNC Wilmington a 9-8 lead over Georgia State in a 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory for the Seahawks on Saturday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks won their fifth CAA series and improved to 25-7-1 overall and 15-1-1 in the conference. The Panthers, who have dropped their last three, saw their record dip to 18-14 and 7-9. UNCW remains perfect on the season in 1-run games with a 7-0 slate.
Sophomore lefthander Kyle Lewis (2-0) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Seahawks, who used seven pitchers on the afternoon. Freshman closer Stephen Harrold retired the only two batters he faced to chalk up his fifth save of the season.
UNCW added to its lead with a run in the third for a 3-0 lead when Barefoot forced in a run with a bases-loaded, 2-out walk off GSU junior starter Will Palmer
GSU tied the game in the fourth with three runs on two hits as UNCW junior starter Brad Holt, who didn’t figure in the decision, struggled with his command, issuing three walks, including a leadoff walk to senior Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas. Sophomore Bradley Logan, who went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two driven in, doubled to right to score Rochon-Salvas with the first run and junior Dusty Bennett forced in the second run with a bases-loaded walk. The final and game-tying run came across on junior Michael McCree’s ground out.
Appel answered in the bottom of the inning with a 2-run triple to left center. UNCW’s third run came across on an error by Hogan with two outs that gave the Seahawks a 6-3 lead.
The Panthers evened the game in the fifth with three runs on four hits. Logan knocked in his second run of the game with a single off UNCW reliever Allen Flood and junior Derek Simmons followed with a two-run single to knot the game at 6-all.
The Seahawk pitching staff was its own worst enemy in the seventh, issuing three walks, and Bennett lined a 2-run single through the leftside off Lewis to give GSU an 8-6 lead.
Barefoot got one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh leading off with a solo homer, his fourth of the season, to left off junior reliever Joel Reeves.
UNCW loaded the bases in the eight against reliever Adam Knight (1-3), who suffered the loss, and Snyder singled into center on the first pitch he saw to give the lead back to the Seahawks. UNCW tacked on what would prove to be the game-winning run on a throwing error when Barefoot scored from second on a throwing error by senior reliever Bobby Bennett on a failed pickoff attempt at first base.
GSU loaded the bases in the ninth and pushed across a run to make it a 10-9 game when junior pinch hitter Matt Van Horn flied out to left. Harrold fanned freshman Theo Asher to close out the game for the Seahawks.
The series concludes on Sunday with a 2 p.m. first pitch.
Notes: UNCW improved to 14-2 in home games ... The 2008 Seahawks have gotten off to the best conference start in the program’s history with a 15-1-1 record (previous, 15-2, 2005) ...The Seahawks also own a 9-3 mark in games decided by two runs or less ... UNCW now owns a 6-2 lead in its series with Georgia State ... Four of those games have been decided by two runs or less ... Stephen Harrold took over the club lead with his fifth save of the season ... The Seahawks didn’t strikeout until their final batter of the game (Bobby Leeper, top 9th).