Seahawks Take Down Wolfpack For 6th Straight
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Andrew Cain drove in four runs on three hits, including a home run, as UNCW raced out to an early lead and held off NC State for a 9-6 win on Wednesday in college baseball action at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks, who have now won five straight at Brooks Field against NCSU, posted their sixth straight win to improve to 10-7. The Wolfpack dropped to 12-5.
Cain, who finished a double short of hitting for the cycle, helped UNCW extend a 4-0 lead in the second inning with a three-run homer to center off NCSU reliever Nate King. It was his second round tripper of the season and gave UNCW an 8-0 advantage.
Senior Bryan Booth (1-1) earned the win after striking out three in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Vance Williams dropped to 1-1 in taking the loss for NCSU. Williams was tagged for three runs in the first inning, his only inning of work.
Senior Grayson Evans added three hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a career high. In his last 10 games, Evans is hitting .465 (20-43) with 13 runs scored and 14 driven in.
The Wolfpack rallied from an eight-run deficit with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before a four-run sixth made it a three-run game, 9-6. John Gianis belted a three-run homer to right off senior reliever Seth Frankoff to key the outburst. Dallas Poulk homered later in the inning for the Wolfpack's final run of the evening.
NCSU threatened in the seventh, loading the bases, but Booth closed out the frame with a ground out and a strike out to leave the bases loaded.
Junior Stephen Harrold posted a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save of the season.
UNCW hosts Rhode Island, Mar. 19-21, when it retakes the field next.
Notes: Cody Stanley pushed his hitting streak to eight games while freshman Hunter Ridge saw his halted at nine games ... UNCW's last loss at Brooks Field was a 6-0 setback in 2005 ... UNCW improved to 2-0 against the ACC early this season ... After UNCW starter Steven Davis walked six in three hitless innings to start the game, Seahawk relievers walked just three and struck out 11 in the final six innings ... UNCW head coach Mark Scalf needs three wins to reach 600 for his career.