|Seahawks Close Out Clash With Split|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW tallied 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth to cruise past UMBC, 14-4, in action in the UNCW Seahawk Clash tournament Sunday at Boseman Field. The Seahawks were unable to complete the doubleheader sweep, falling to Gardner-Webb, 4-2, in the nightcap.
The Seahawks moved to 6-7 on the season as they finished the Seahawk Clash with a 2-1 record. UNCW returns to action March 1 as it opens the Charleston Southern Buccaneer Invitational with games against Valparaiso (11 a.m.) and No. 4 Tennessee (1 p.m.).
Against the Retrievers, UNCW exploded for 10 runs on five hits, capped by a grand slam from sophomore Casey Rowland, in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-all tie and evoke the eight-run rule.
Earlier in the contest, UMBC held a 3-0 lead when the Seahawks took advantage of a wild pitch, two hit batters and a fielder's choice in the bottom of the fourth to plate four runs and take a 4-3 lead.
The Retrievers knotted the score, 4-all, in the top of the fifth on a run-scoring single by Hall, setting up the Seahawks outburst in the bottom half of the frame.
Rowland was 2-for-3 at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored to pace a Seahawks lineup that pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of five walks and three hit batsmen. Sophomore Morgan McCann was 2-for-2 while senior Lauryn Buckworth and freshman Erin Brown drove in two runs apiece.
Sophomore Jordyn Schmidt picked up the win for the Seahawks in the circle as she improved to 3-1 on the season. Schmidt allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work. She struck out three.
Versus Gardner-Webb, UNCW struck in the bottom of the first as Brown reached base on a fielder's choice and later scored on a wild pitch to give a Seahawks an early 1-0 lead.
The Runnin' Bulldogs would take the lead in the top of the second, using a wild pitch and run-scoring singles from junior Samantha Meenaghan and junior Morgan Baker to build a 3-1 advantage.
UNCW would cut the Gardner-Webb lead in half in the bottom of the second, using a run-scoring single from freshman Taylor Matkins to make it a 3-2 contest.
Sophomore Kellie Beres would close out the scoring in the fourth, restoring the Runnin' Bulldogs two-run advantage with her single to left field that brought home sophomore Taylar Pridgen and made a 4-2 game.
Beres was 3-for-4 with a RBI while Meenaghan and Pridgen tallied two hits apiece to highlight a Gardner-Webb lineup that finished with 11 base knocks.
Junior Ashley Rhyne picked up the win in the circle for the Runnin' Bulldogs as she improved to 1-2 on the season. Rhyne allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings in the circle. She struck out seven.
McCann was 2-for-4 while Matkins and Rowland accounted for the other two UNCW base hits in the contest. Rowland was tagged with the loss to even her season mark at 3-3. She allowed four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and one walk. She was credited with five strike outs.