|Seahawks Complete Sweep Of Eagles Sunday|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team completed a three-game sweep of North Carolina Central as it took both games of a non-conference doubleheader Sunday at Boseman Field.
The Seahawks posted an 11-3 victory in the opener and out-lasted the Eagles, 6-3, in the nightcap to improve to 11-8 on the season. The Eagles, meanwhile, slipped to 0-15 on the campaign.
UP NEXT: UNCW continues its 18-game homestand Tuesday as it opens a three-game series against Youngstown State with a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Boseman Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): UNCW raced out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, using four hits, including back-to-back triples from freshman Merritt Wilkinson and senior Brittany Gamby, to build the early cushion.
The two teams exchanged runs in the fourth as NC Central used a leadoff triple by sophomore De’Onna Smith and a wild pitch to make it a 4-1 contest, only to see the Seahawks plate two runs on a bases-loaded single from freshman pinch hitter Claudia Spinelli to push the UNCW margin to 6-1.
A two-run home run from junior Emerie Germ in the top of the fifth pulled the Eagles within three, 6-3, but the Seahawks brought home four runs on two hits and three NC Central errors in the bottom half of the frame to expand their advantage to 10-3.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Senior Morgan Ayers went 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored to lead a UNCW attack that finished with 10 hits in the contest. Senior Brittany Gamby was 2-for-4 while junior Jessica Rappe drove in two runs.
Germ, Smith and redshirt freshman Jenny Tracy both tallied two hits apiece to pace an Eagles lineup that finished with seven base knocks. Germ recorded both of NCCU’s RBI in the contest as she hit her first home run of the season.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Freshman Peyton Jordan picked up the victory to even her record at 5-5. Jordan allowed three runs on seven hits as she struck out six as the pitched all six innings for the Seahawks.
Sophomore London Booker took the loss for the Eagles to move to 0-8 on the season. In four innings, Booker surrendered six runs on seven hits and three walks. Freshman Brianna Hampton replaced Booker in the fifth, giving up five runs (two earned) on three hits and one walk
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave just 10 runners on base (NCCU 6, UNCW 4) … The teams combined for five extra-base hits, including three triples … Eight different players recorded a hit in the contest for the Seahawks while the Eagles had four players combine for their seven base knocks … The Eagles committed four errors in the contest, compared to just one miscue for the Seahawks … The top seven hitters in the UNCW lineup scored at least one run in the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): Freshman Nella Chamblee put the Seahawks up 2-0 in the bottom of the second as she hit a two-run home run to left field to plate junior Casey Rowland, who reached base one batter earlier on a double off the left-field fence.
NC Central responded with a run in the top of the third on a RBI single by Emerie Germ to make it a 2-1 contest, but a single by Chamblee and a throwing error by the Eagles in the bottom half of the inning scored two runs for UNCW and made it a 4-1 contest.
The Eagles trimmed the UNCW margin to one in the top of the fifth, taking advantage of a Germ groundout and a run-scoring single from freshman Dominque Wilson to make it a 4-3 contest.
UNCW would regain its three-run advantage in the bottom of the sixth, using a RBI groundout by senior Casey Shue and a wild pitch to gain a 6-3 advantage.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Chamblee was 2-for-3 with three RBI to highlight a UNCW offense that recorded 10 hits in the contest. Gamby was 2-for-4 with one run scored while six players finished with one hit each.
London Germ was 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead NCCU. Emerie Germ was 1-for-4 with two RBI as she was one of six Eagles players to record a base hit in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Rowland got the start for UNCW and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five. Sophomore Kayla Pine replaced Rowland in the fourth and pitched the remaining 3.2 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits to pick up her first win of the season.
Wilson took the loss for the Eagles, allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and three walks in six innings in the circle to move to 0-6 on the campaign.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 15 runners on base (UNCW 9, NCCU 6) … The Seahawks had all three extra-base hits in the contest … The teams combined to put just the leadoff hitter on base in five of 13 tries in the contest … The Seahawks 4-through-9 hitters accounted for seven of the team’s 10 base hits while the Eagles top three hitters accounted for six of their eight base knocks … The Eagles were charged with all four errors in the contest.
NOTES: UNCW improved to 15-1 all-time against NC Central as it stretched its winning streak against the Eagles to five games … UNCW extended its streak of scoring a run in the first inning to 10 games with a four-run first inning in the opener, but saw that streak come to an end as it failed to plate a run in the opening frame of the nightcap … The Seahawks are now 9-3 at home this season … UNCW improved to 11-4 on the season when plating three or more runs in a contest … The Seahawks were not charged with an error in game two and improved to 5-0 this season when doing so … Freshman Merritt Wilkinson has now reached base safely in 10 straight contests … Senior Brittany Gamby ended the weekend with a four-game hitting streak as she posted her team-leading fifth and sixth multiple-hit games during the doubleheader … UNCW scored 10 or more runs for the third time this season with its 11 runs in the opener.