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UNCW Rallies For Split Versus Delaware

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 04/28/2012
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Freshman Jordan Critcher hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh to give UNCW a 2-1 victory over Delaware in the nightcap of a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader Saturday at Boseman Field. The Blue Hens won the series opener by a 4-0 margin.

The Seahawks notched both their runs in the final two innings to take the second game and move their record to 9-41 on the year and 4-13 in the CAA. The Blue Hens shifted their record to 12-38-1 overall and 5-11 in conference action. The two teams complete their three-game series Sunday with a single game starting at Noon.

Senior Kelsey Eddinger had three hits to pace the Seahawks lineup while Cricther, senior Stacey Pinno junior Lauren Buckworth and freshman Kristen Jernigan all notched two hits apiece. Senior Laura Sykes drove in the other UNCW run of the afternoon as she and junior Olivia Poplin accounted for the other two UNCW hits in the twin bill.

Sophomore Michelle McKinnon went 3-for-6 and Kaitlyn Breneman recorded two hits and two RBI for Delaware. Junior Marissa Newman was 2-for-4 with a RBI while freshmen Alicia Coy and freshman Jessica Grisler both finished 1-for-5 with a RBI.

Delaware took a slim 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of game two off a single by Newman, but UNCW tallied back-to-back hits with two outs in the sixth to tie the contest.

After Pinno led off the sixth with a single through the left side, Blue Hen junior hurler Chenxi Jiao recorded consecutive outs to keep Pinno at first. Jernigan then pegged a double over the center fielder's head to put runners on second and third before Sykes grounded a single through the left side to score Pinno and tie the game.

Senior pitcher Amanda Davenport, who improved to 8-20 after allowing just four hits in her seven innings of action, retired Delaware in the seventh to give the Seahawks a chance to walk off with the win.

UNCW filled the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh on back-to-back singles by Poplin and  Eddinger and a fielder's choice by senior Katie Houmard, but the Blue Hens forced a double play that left runners on second and third with Critcher coming to the plate.  The Asheville, N.C., freshman singled just out of the reach of the shortstop, scoring Eddinger for the decisive run.

Jiao was tagged with the loss in the contest after she came in the bottom of the second for the starter, junior Hannah Rust, to move to 5-22 overall.

Delaware took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of game one as Breneman hit a bases loaded single to right field that plated Coy and Grisler to give the Blue Hens the early advantage.

Coy extended the Delaware cushion to 3-0 in the top of the second on a two-out single up the middle before Grisler closed out the scoring in the fourth on a run-scoring single that brought home Newman.

Jiao picked up the win in the opener as she scattered four hits over seven innings. She did not issue a walk as she struck out seven. 

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