|Big Inning Leads Brown Past UNCW|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Brown plated five runs in the sixth inning and survived a late charge to defeat UNCW, 7-6, in the final game of the UNCW Beach Bash Sunday at Boseman Field.
The Bears completed their opening weekend with a 2-3 mark while the Seahawks saw their season record evened at 8-8 as they finished the UNCW Beach Bash with a 3-2 record.
Five players finished with one hit apiece for Brown, who took advantage of four UNCW errors in the contest. Six Bear players finished with one RBI each.
Senior Morgan Ayers, Juniors Jessica Rappe and Casey Rowland and freshman Claudia Spinelli tallied with two hits apiece to highlight a Seahawks attack that finished with 10 hits. Senior Brittany Gamby and freshman Merritt Wilkinson had UNCW’s other two base hits in the contest.
Freshman Leah Nakashima picked up the win for the Bears to improve to 1-1 on the season. Nakashima pitched the final four innings in relief of starter Jessica Cherness and allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk.
Freshman Peyton Jordan was saddled with the loss for UNCW to move to 4-5 on the campaign. In three innings of relief work, Jordan surrendered five runs (two earned) on just one hit. She walked one and struck out one.
UNCW returns to action March 8 as it opens a three-game series against North Carolina Central with a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Boseman Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Trailing 3-2 in the top of the sixth, Brown took advantage of one base hit and three UNCW errors to plate five runs and take a 7-3 lead.
The Seahawks got a run back in the bottom half of the frame with a RBI single from Wilkinson to make it a 7-4 contest. UNCW would threaten to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs on a two-out double to left field by Spinelli, but the Bears would catch Spinelli in a run-down to record the final out and keep the Seahawks from completing the comeback.
Earlier in the contest, UNCW took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, using a sacrifice fly by freshman Nella Chamblee and two-out single to left field by Rappe to build the early advantage.
The Seahawks increased their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third as Gamby reached on a walk, stole second and later scored on an illegal pitch.
Brown got back into the contest in the top of the fourth as a one-out single by freshman Sara Syrop and a double steal attempted that allowed senior pinch runner Danielle Palms to score from third to make a 3-2 ballgame and set up the Bears game-changing sixth inning.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two teams combined to leave 15 runners on base (UNCW 8, Brown 7) … UNCW’s lineup finished the game without a strikeout for the first time this season … The two teams combined to put their leadoff hitter on board in eight of 14 tries … Of the 15 combined hits in the contest, only one was for extra bases … The two teams combined to draw seven walks.NOTES: Brown’s victory evened the all-time series at 2-2 … The Seahawks defeated the Bears, 4-3, on Friday … The four errors for UNCW were a season high … UNCW saw its record in one-run contests evened at 3-3 with the loss … The Seahawks plated six or more runs for just the second time this season … UNCW moved to 0-4 this season when its opponent scores six or more runs in a contest … UNCW plated a run in the first inning for the eighth straight contest with its two runs in the bottom of the first … Wilkinson extended her streak of consecutive games reaching base to seven … Rowland has recorded a base hit in each of her last four games in the lineup.