WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Junior southpaw Casey Rowland turned in a strong pitching performance and UNCW capitalized on four Youngstown State errors to post a 7-1 non-conference decision over the Penguins Wednesday at Boseman Field.

Playing in gusty conditions, the Seahawks avenged a pair of one-run losses to YSU on Tuesday and improved to 12-10 on the season. Youngstown State now stands 8-7.

Rowland, 6-4, scattered four hits over 5.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run, striking out two and walking four. Her counterpart, Caitlyn Minney, surrendered three earned runs on three hits, walking three and fanning four, to take the loss and fall to 0-3.

Senior outfielder Brittany Gamby and junior second baseman Jessica Rappe had two hits apiece to anchor UNCW’s seven-hit attack. Four different players had one hit apiece for the Penguins, who had trouble finding holes as the Seahawks played error-free softball on the day.

After two innings of scoreless play, the Seahawks broke through in the third inning with three runs on two hits, wrapped around an error. Gamby led off the frame with a double into the leftfield corner, moved over on Merritt Wilkinson’s bunt and scored on Casey Shue’s textbook squeeze play. Shue and Rappe later scored on an error by Minney.

UNCW tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth when freshman shortstop Lauren Moore reached on a one-out single, advanced to second on a passed ball and raced home on a throwing error by YSU reliever Chancy Williams.

The Seahawks plated another run in the bottom of the fifth to raise the score to 5-0 before the Penguins scratched in the top of the sixth when Miranda Castiglione came across on a passed ball.

UNCW added two more insurance runs in the home half of the sixth to put the game on ice and salvage one game in the three-game set with the Penguins.

The Seahawks, now 6-3 on their 18-game homestand, play again Saturday when Presbyterian visits for a doubleheader, beginning at 2 p.m.