|Seahawks Pound Lady Aggies In Sweep|
GREENSBORO, North Carolina - UNCW exploded for 26 runs as it cruised to a sweep of state foe North Carolina A&T 12-0 and 14-2, in a collegiate softball doubleheader Wednesday at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex.
The Seahawks improved to 8-11 on the season as they snapped a five-game losing skid with the doubleheader sweep while the Lady Aggies dropped to 1-8 overall. UNCW returns to action Friday as it faces Presbyterian twice (1 & 3:15 p.m.) in the first day of action in the North Carolina Central Eagle Challenge.
Senior Olivia Poplin went 3-for-5 with five RBI and junior KC Shue was 2-for-4 with five runs driven in to power a UNCW lineup that finished with 22 hits and 11 walks during the doubleheader. Junior Camry Wagner went 2-for-4 with three RBI while junior Morgan McCann was 2-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored.
In the opener, UNCW took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. A throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt by McCann allowed Poplin to score the first run of the frame before a squeeze bunt by Shue plated McCann later in the inning.
The Seahawks doubled their advantage to 4-0 in the top of the fourth on run-scoring singles by Poplin and Wagner and added eight runs in the top of the fifth on eight hits, highlighted by a three-run home run from Shue and a two-run double from Poplin, to close out the scoring.
Sophomore Casey Rowland would pick up the win in the opener to improve her record to 4-3. Rowland allowed just one hit, an infield single to junior Detavia Keenan in the bottom of the first, and one walk in four innings of work while striking out five. Freshman Kayla Pine replaced Rowland in the top of the fifth and scattered two hits to preserve the shutout.
The nightcap saw UNCW take a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, using a two-run double from Poplin and RBI singles from McCann and freshman Taylor Matkins to build the early advantage.
The Seahawks would put the game out of reach in the third, plating 10 runs on two hits, five walks and five Lady Aggies errors to build a 14-0 cushion.
North Carolina A&T would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Zebresha Blakeney and use a RBI groudout by junior Jax Kaye Woodard and a run-scoring double from freshman Alexiss Dominguez in the bottom of the fifth to determine the final 11-run margin.
Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt would pick up the win for the Seahawks in game two to move her record to 4-3 on the season. Schmidt allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four in three innings of work. Freshman Darian Roberts relieved Schmidt in the bottom of the fourth and allowed three unearned runs on one hit and two walks.