Team Navy Draws Even In Seahawk Clash
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Redshirt junior Tori Sewell drove in the only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth to lead Team Navy to a 1-0 victory over Team Teal in the inaugural Seahawk Clash Friday at Boseman Field.
The best-of-three split-squad series is now tied at one game apiece. Game three is slated for an 11 a.m. start Saturday at Boseman Field. An alumni game will follow at 1 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend both games.
In a classic pitcher's duel that saw both teams held off the scoreboard during the first seven innings of the contest, Sewell proved to be clutch in the bottom of the eighth as she flared a two-strike pitch to center field with the bases loaded to push across the winning run for Team Navy.
Team Teal nearly broke the scoreless deadlock in the top of the eighth. Redshirt sophomore Jordyn Schmidt, the starting pitcher for Team teal, started the inning at second base and stole third on an errant throw by Team Navy. Schmidt attempted to score on the play, but a perfect throw by freshman left fielder Taylor Matkins silenced the crowd as Schmidt was tagged out at the plate.
Junior Alison Ruppe picked up the victory in the circle for Team Navy, reliving freshman starter Kayla Pine as the duo combined to hurl eight shutout innings. Schmidt was the tough-luck loser for Team Teal, allowing just the one run in more than seven innings of work.