|Seahawks Split Twinbill Versus Blue Hens|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team split a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader against Delaware Sunday at Boseman Field.
The Seahawks (16-16; 3-2 CAA) claimed the opener, 6-5, before the Blue Hens (10-16; 2-3 CAA) rallied for a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.
UP NEXT: Both teams return to action Wednesday with 3 p.m. non-conference doubleheaders at home. UNCW hosts Coastal Carolina while Delaware entertains Maryland-Eastern Shore.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): UNCW took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run from junior Casey Rowland and again used the long ball to their advantage in the bottom of third, this time benefitting from a two-run blast from junior Jessica Rappe to build a 3-0 cushion.
UNCW added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth with solo home runs from seniors Brittany Gamby and Casey Shue to expand their margin to 5-0.
The Blue Hens managed to tie the game at 5-all in the top of the seventh, plating five runs on four hits, highlighted by a two-run double from junior Jessica Grisler and a game-tying home run from freshman Sarah Bencivenga.
Freshman Claudia Spinelli would provide the heroics in the bottom of the seventh, entering the game as a pinch hitter and putting a ball into centerfield to score fellow freshman Merritt Wilkinson, who opening the frame with a single, from second for the 6-5 victory.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Rappe went 2-for-3 with two RBI to highlight a UNCW lineup that finished with seven base hits in the opener. Gamby, Shue and Rowland all hit solo home runs while Spinelli was 1-for-1 with the game-winning RBI in a pinch-hitting role.
Bencivenga and Grisler finished with one hit and two RBI for Delaware in the opener. Freshman Danielle Wissinger was 2-for-4 and freshman Giovanna Kolofer was 2-for-3 with a run batted in.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Rowland picked up the victory for UNCW in game one to improve to 7-8 on the season. Rowland allowed five runs on eight hits and four walks.
Sophomore Taylor Curran took the loss for the Blue Hens to move her record to 0-2. In 1.2 innings of relief work, Curran allowed one run on two hits and two walks. Sophomore Kelly Lupton started the contest and surrendered five runs on five hits and one walk in 4.2 innings in the circle.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave 12 runners on base (Delaware 7; UNCW 5) … The Seahawks hit a season-high four home runs in the contest … Seven of the 15 base hits in the contest were for extra bases … The top four hitters in the UNCW lineup went a combined 5-of-13 with four runs batted in … The two teams combined for just two strikeouts and seven walks … UNCW was 3-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): Delaware plated four runs in the top of the third as it used five hits, including three doubles, to build a 4-0 cushion.
UNCW got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by sophomore Erin Brown to cut the Blue Hens margin to 4-1.
Delaware regained its four-run cushion in the top of the sixth on a solo home run from freshman Carolyn Szymanski before the Seahawks countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth on a bases loaded groundout by Brown to make it a 5-2 contest.
UNCW threatened to tie the game in the seventh, bringing the tying run to the plate with runners on second and third and just one out. Szymanski would get the second out of the inning before Shue ripped a single up the middle that plated one run, but the Blue Hens would throw out the runner from second at the plate to end the threat and give the Blue Hens a 5-3 victory.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Szymanski picked up the win for the Blue Hens to improve her season mark to 6-8. In seven innings, Szymanski allowed three runs on six hits and four walks. She struck out three.
Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss for the Seahawks to move her mark to 6-9 on the season. Jordan allowed four runs on six hits in 2.2 innings of work. Rowland replaced Jordan in the third and pitched the final 4.1 innings, surrendering one run on one hit and one walk while striking out five.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Kolofer was 2-for-3 with one run batted in while freshman Lisa Stacevicz was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Wissinger and Szymanski were both credited with a RBI during the contest.
Brown was 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI while Shue went 2-for-4 with a run driven in for UNCW.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE: The two combined to leave 10 runners on base (UNCW 7; Delaware 3) … Delaware’s top three hitters were a combined 4-for-11 with two RBI and three runs scored … The two teams combined for five stolen bases without one caught stealing … Seven of the 13 hits in the contest were for extra bases … Neither team was charged with an error in the contest.
NOTES: UNCW moved to 12-10 at home this season … The Seahawks moved to 8-1 on the campaign when it scores six or more runs in a contest this season … UNCW improved to 5-7 this season in one-run contests … Junior Casey Rowland surpassed the 100-strikeout plateau for the season during the doubleheader, becoming just the second UNCW player to post three 100-plus strikeout seasons in her career (Keri Malcolmson) … Senior Casey Shue extended her hitting streak to five games … Freshman Merritt Wilkinson has now reached base in 23 consecutive contests … Sophomore Erin Brown has now reached base in 11 consecutive games while Shue has gotten on base in 10 straight contests … Junior Jessica Rappe posted her team-leading fifth multiple RBI game and recorded her team-best ninth multiple-hit game with two hits and two RBI in game one.