Seahawks Slam Tribe, 16-5
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNC Wilmington sent 15 batters to the plate in a 10-run first inning as UNC Wilmington earned a series win with a 16-5 win over William & Mary in Colonial Athletic Association baseball action Saturday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks extended their winning streak to 15 games, longest in the nation, and improved to 16-4 overall and 8-0 in the conference. W&M has lost its last three and fell to 16-7 and 7-4.
Junior Brad Holt (4-1) won his fourth consecutive decision for the Seahawks, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Sophomore starter Tyler Truxell never made it out of the first inning as the Seahawks scored five runs on four hits and a walk.
Seniors Daniel Hargrave (2-for-5) and Nate Hall (2-for-5) each drove in three runs on the afternoon to lead the UNCW lineup. Senior Justin Barefoot and freshman Cody Stanley each added two hits apiece.
Offensively for the Tribe, juniors Ben Guez and Mike Sheridan each had two hits and Paul Juliano, a senior, added two off the bench.
UNCW opened the bottom of the first with a double by sophomore Marc Locklear, a triple by Hargrave and a double off the bat of senior Jason Appel. Mark Carver followed with a walk and Hall knocked Truxell out of the box with a single that scored Appel. W&M reliever Jeremy Neustifter wouldn’t fare any better as senior Shane French drilled a 1-1 fastball over the leftfield wall for a 3-run homer and a 6-0 Seahawk lead. Hargrave and Hall added 2-run singles later in the inning to complete the scoring.
The Seahawks added to their lead in the second with two runs coming across on a W&M throwing error.
UNCW pushed their lead to 14-0 in the third on a RBI double by Barefoot and a Stanley RBI single.
Senior Aaron Hurwitz got the Tribe on the board in the fifth on a RBI ground out and Guez followed with a 2-out RBI single.
Freshman pinch hitter Derrick Osteen plated senior Greg Maliniak, who reached on an error earlier in the frame, in the sixth to move the Tribe to within 14-3.
The Seahawks answered with an unearned run in the sixth and made it 16-3 following a run on a wild pitch in the seventh.
Hurwtiz drove in his second run of the game with a fielder’s choice in the eighth and Juliano closed the books on scoring with a RBI single in the ninth.
The series concludes on Sunday with first-pitch slated for 2 p.m.
Notes: UNCW had all six extra base hits on the afternoon ... UNCW’s 10-run first was the most since it scored nine against Wake Forest in 2007 ... The Seahawks now own a 52-18 advantage in the all-time series with the Tribe ... UNCW drew 11 walks on the afternoon ... 8-0 marks UNCW’s best start in conference play since 2005 (11-0) ... Both teams (UNCW 11, W&M 12) combined to strand 23 runners on base.