Team USA Tops Diamond Hawks, 9-2
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Drew Farber homered and knocked in both runs as UNCW fell to visiting Team USA, 9-2, in a fall baseball exhibition game on Saturday at Brooks Field.
Team USA, backed by home runs off the bats of Jesse Winker and Joey Gallo, took advantage of six Seahawk errors in the field by plating five unearned runs.
Winker gave the USA a 2-0 lead in the first with an opposite field home run over the wall in left center with a man on off UNCW starter Tyler McSwain for the early lead.
After seeing USA build a 3-0 lead with a run off McSwain in the second, Farber lined a single to center with two out to bring UNCW to within two, 3-1.
USA exploded for four runs in the sixth off UNCW freshman reliever Jordan Ramsey as Gallo delivered a two-run shot and Alex Bregman doubled in a run pinch hitter Jeremy Martinez capped the outburst with a sacrifice fly later in the inning for a 7-1 lead.
Farber drilled a solo shot in the seventh making it a five-run deficit, 7-2.
Bregman was the only player in the lineup for Team USA with two hits while Farber led UNCW with a pair of hits.
McSwain was tagged with the loss, surrendering three runs, two earned, on four hits in 1.1 innings.
Carson Kelly picked up the win, allowing a run on one hit and a walk in two innings of work.
Sophomore transfer Mat Batts highlighted the Seahawks on the mound by tossing three perfect innings and facing the minimum.