Seahawks Close Out Season With 7-3 Setback In Regional Championship
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
The top-seeded Tar Heels (49-12) advanced to the Super Regional round with the win and will face the winner of the Myrtle Beach Regional winner. The Seahawks, who rallied with 11 runs in the ninth for a 15-11 win over Elon earlier in the day, wrapped up its season with a 44-17-1 record. The 44 wins marked a school-record for the Seahawks.
Sophomore Brian Moran (1-1) earned the win for UNC after shutting down the Seahawks in two innings of relief. Moran allowed one run on two hits and struck out three. Senior Rob Wooten earned his fourth save of the season after pitching out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth.
Senior Larry Salefsky (4-3) was credited with the loss after allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.
Senior Jason Appel paced the Seahawks with three hits, finishing a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Adding multi-hit games were senior Daniel Hargrave and sophomore Rhett Miller, each with two hits.
The Seahawks plated the first run of the game on a RBI single to center by Miller in the top of the second. Freshman Cody Stanley drew a 1-out walk, stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw.
After holding the Tar Heels scoreless through the first four innings, Salefsky was roughed up in the fifth when Ackley led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Tim Fedroff (3-3, 2 RBI) plated Dustin Ackley with a single up the middle to tie the game. Tim Federowicz then gave UNC its first lead of the game, 2-1, with a single to left that scored Fedroff. Fleury then drilled a 3-run homer to right off sophomore reliever Jesse Haney to make it 5-1.
With two out in the sixth Haney surrendered a RBI single to Fedroff to give the Tar Heels a 6-1 advantage.
Appel tripled with two out in the seventh and senior Mark Carver knocked in his 82nd run of the season with a single one batter later to cut UNC’s lead to 6-2.
The Tar Heels added to their lead in the bottom of the eighth with a run to push it to 7-2. Fleury doubled off freshman reliever Cameron Roth and would later in the inning on a sacrifice fly.
The Seahawks attempted their second ninth-inning rally of the day when sophomore Mike Rooney and freshman Alex Hill led off the inning with consecutive singles. With one out, Appel picked up his 100th hit of the season, a single, and knocked in Rooney to make it 7-3. Wooten closed out the game by retiring two of the three batters he faced.
Notes: The game was delayed for 1:17 due to rain and lightning in the seventh inning ... The Seahawks reached the Regional Championship game for the third time in four tournament appearances ... Carver finished the season with 82 RBI, ranking second on the Colonial Athletic Association’s single-season list ... Appel became the third Seahawk to have 100 hits in a season.