|Diamond Hawks Take Series From Bulldogs|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Luke Dunlap doubled in three runs and four Seahawks had multi-hit games as UNCW raced past The Citadel, 9-3, on Senior Day to win the non-conference series on Sunday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks improved to 25-24 with their second straight win while the Bulldogs tumbled to 20-31. UNCW has now won three of its last four series.
Will Shepley (2-0) earned the win retiring all nine batters he faced in relief.
Austin Livington (2-7) suffered the loss, allowing five runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks in two innings pitched.
Casey Golden, Ryan LaGrange, Dillon Bass and Drew Farber each had two hits to fuel the 11-hit attack of the Seahawks. LaGrange connected on his fifth homer of the season and scored three runs. Bass collected two RBI’s and Farber scored twice.
Hughston Armstrong went 2-for-3 for the Citadel and Bo Thompson drove in three runs.
Up next: The Seahawks cap their non-conference slate with a 6 p.m. start on May 13 at Campbell.
How it happened: UNCW broke the game open with five runs in the second and three more in the third to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Dunlap’s bases-clearing double highlighted the second inning and LaGrange led off the third inning with a homer to left.
Inside the box score: The Seahawk pitching staff held the Bulldogs to one two-out hit and a pair of hits in RBI opportunities ... UNCW, led by Farber’s two hits, went 5-for-12 with two out ... UNCW knocked in six runs with two outs on the day ... Shepley needed just 23 pitches to retire the nine batters he faced.
Notes: Senior Mat Batts as listed in the designated hitter spot in the starting lineup, but never made a plate appearance ... Dunlap finished the series going 7-for-12 (.583) with two doubles and four runs batted in ... UNCW held the Citadel to a .191 batting average and compiled a 1.04 ERA over the weekend ... UNCW clinched a spot in the upcoming CAA tournament following Col. of Charleston’s win ... The Seahawks remain the only school in the conference to play in every baseball championship tournament (since 1985).