Blue Hens Spoil Seahawks Senior Day
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Delaware plated six runs in the top of the fifth inning to erase a one-run deficit and defeat UNCW, 8-3, in the finale of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series Sunday at Boseman Field.
The Blue Hens improved to 13-38-1 overall and 6-11 in league play with the series-clinching victory while the Seahawks moved to 9-42 and 4-14. UNCW opens its final weekend of the regular season May 4 with a Noon doubleheader at league-leading Hofstra.
Six different Blue Hens tallied one hit apiece to account for Delaware's six hits in the contest. Four players - junior Lara Andrews, sophomore Michelle McKinnon and freshmen Alecia Coy and Kaitlyn Breneman - all finished with two RBI each while Andrews and Brenemann both hit home runs as three of the Blue Hens six hits went for extra bases.
Senior Kelsey Eddinger was 1-for-3 with two RBI for UNCW. Junior Lauryn Buckworth was 1-for-3 with a run batted in while five players had one hit each to give the Seahawks seven hits on the afternoon.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Delaware exploded for six runs on two hits and two UNCW errors to build a 7-2 cushion and take over the contest.
A hit by pitch, a walk and an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt loaded the bases to open the inning before a fielder's choice by Coy and a two-run single to center field from McKinnon plated the first three runs of the frame. A squeeze bunt by Culver made it a 5-2 contest and a two-run home run from Breneman one batter later closed out the scoring in the game-changing innning.
A sacrifice fly from Eddinger in the bottom of the fifth plated senior Ashley Shingleton to trim the Seahawks deficit to 7-3, but Delaware regained their five-run advantage in the sixth on a run-scoring single from Coy that made it an 8-3 contest.
Earlier in the game, UNCW took a 2-0 lead on leadoff home runs from Eddinger in the first and Buckworth in the second before Delaware got on the board in the fourth with a solo blast from Andrews that made it a 2-1 ballgame.
Junior Chenxi Jiao was credited with the win as she pitched six innings in relief of junior Hannah Rust to improve to 6-22 on the season. Jiao allowed one run on five hits and one walk. She struck out three.