Homer Happy Seahawks Take Opener, 22-3
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
NEWARK, Delaware - UNCW set season-highs with 22 runs on 23 hits as the Seahawks knocked off Delaware, 22-3, in the Colonial Athletic Association series opener at Bob Hannah Stadium on Friday.
The Seahawks used their fifth win-in-a-row to improve to 8-9 overall and stay perfect in the league at 4-0. The Blue Hens, meanwhile, dropped to 7-10 and 2-2 in the circuit.
Every Seahawk collected a hit and scored a run as UNCW broke the game open with four runs in the third and eight in the fourth for a 16-2 lead.
UNCW banged out 12 extra base hits including seven doubles and five home runs in the rout. Matt Campbell, Tyler Molinaro, Thomas Pope and Drew Farber fueled the offense, each with three hits. Farber and Molinaro both drove in four runs while Pope scored four runs.
Tyler McSwain (3-2) earned the win for UNCW, allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings.
Jimmy Yezzo led UD with three hits and two runs batted while Cameron Travalini added two. The Blue Hens stranded 12 base runners.
Eric Young (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, being roughed up for eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Leading 5-1 in the third, Jake Koenig began the power surge with a two-run homer to leftcenter off Young. In the fourth inning outburst, Molinaro highlighted the frame with a two-run single to center and Andrew Cain capped the inning with a two-run shot to center, his third of the season.
Campbell and Molinaro homered back-to-back in the sixth and Luke Dunlap homered in the seventh with a man on. It was his first collegiate plate appearance.
Delaware had a chance to get back into the game in the third when it loaded the bases. But McSwain closed down the threat with a ground ball double play.
UNCW's 23 hits were the most since 2006 when they had 22 against George Mason and two off the school record of 25 set in 1982 at Old Dominion. The Seahawks' 45 total bases tied the school record set in 2003 at Hofstra.
The Seahawks are hitting .361 over their last six games.
The series continues on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start.