Evans, Cropper Lead Seahawks To 10-4 Win Over Terps
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Junior Grayson Evans drove in three runs on a pair hits while sophomore Daniel Cropper fanned six in five innings as UNC Wilmington knocked off Maryland, 10-4, in its season opener Friday at Brooks Field.
Both Evans and Cropper missed the 2008 season due to injuries. Cropper had arm surgery while Evans suffered an ankle injury.
Cropper allowed just two runs on six hits and a pair of walks. All six hits came in the first three innings before he settled down and struck out the side in the fourth.
Evans was one of three Seahawks with two hits on the afternoon. Sophomore David Shambley finished with two hits and knocked in two runs while junior outfielder Bobby Leeper went 2-for-4.
Sophomore Brett Hartman was tagged with the loss for the Terrapins, allowing six runs, five earned, on three hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Jensen Pupa led the UM lineup with two hits as the Terps were held hitless in the final six innings.
Will Greenberg led off the top of the second with homer to center to give UM an early 1-0 lead and Gerry Spessard pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third inning with a RBI single.
The Seahawks plated three runs on two hits and a pair of walks in the third to jump in front, 3-2. Shambley capped the inning with a two-run double.
UNCW exploded for five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Ten batters made their way to the plate in the inning and freshman Thomas Pope and Evans highlighted the inning with a pair of 2-run doubles down the leftfield line. Leeper closed out the scoring with an infield hit that brought Evans in from third.
Maryland added a run in the sixth when Taylor Buran drove in Mike Murphy with a fielder’s choice. UNCW reliever Justin Bradley had worked himself into trouble earlier in the inning, but limited the damage to one run when he induced an inning-ending double play off the bat of Curtis Lazar.
UNCW answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning with junior Robbie Monday plating a run on a fielder’s choice and junior Mike Rooney adding a RBI single later in the inning to make it10-3.
A walk to David Poutier tacked on the final run for the Terps in the top of the ninth.
The series continues on Feb. 21 with a 2 p.m. start.
Notes: UNCW turned four double plays on the game ... The Seahawk bullpen threw four hitless innings, but allowed two runs on seven walks ... The last three opening day wins for the Seahawks have come against teams from Maryland (2005 - Maryland-Eastern Shore, 10-0; 2006 – Maryland-Eastern Shore, 19-2) ... Sophomore catcher Cody Stanley scored three runs for the Seahawks ... UNCW struck out just twice on the game ... Attendance for the matinee opener was 1,010.