|Spartans Surge Past Seahawks In Sweep|
GREENSBORO, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team fell in both games of a non-conference doubleheader against state foe UNCG Wednesday at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
The Spartans (17-21) exploded for 16 hits as they cruised to an 11-3 victory over the Seahawks (17-22) in the opener before rattling off eight unanswered runs in game two to post an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.
UP NEXT: UNCW concludes its seven-game road swing April 16 with a 3 p.m. twinbill at NC State. UNCG opens a Southern Conference series against Western Carolina Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): UNCG never trailed in the contest as it took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run from Katelyn Bedwell and a two-out error before doubling their cushion in the second by plating three on a two-run homer from Danielle Vega and a RBI single by Lindsay Thomas.
UNCW got on the board in the top the third as freshman Lauren Moore scored on a wild pitch, but UNCG plated two more runs in the bottom half of the frame to take an 8-1 lead.
A two-run home run from Thomas in the fourth pushed the Spartans lead to 10-1, only to see the Seahawks use a double steal and a wild pitch to push across two runs trim their deficit to 10-3.
Vega closed out the scoring in the fifth, hitting a solo to left field to make it an 11-3 ballgame and evoke the eight-run mercy rule.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Vega was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI while Thomas was 3-for-3 with two RBI to power a UNCG lineup that recorded 16 base hits in the contest, including six for extra bases. Bedwell, Madruga and Hagan Kiser all finished with two hits apiece
Moore and sophomore Darian Roberts were credited with the Seahawks two base hits in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Raeanne Hanks got the start for the Spartans and pitched all five innings to improve to 8-13 on the campaign. Hanks allowed three runs (one unearned) on two hits and three walks. She struck out eight.
Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss for UNCW as she dropped to 7-12 on the season. Jordan pitched two innings and was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave just 10 runners on base (UNCW 4; UNCG 6) … UNCG’s top four hitters were a combined 10-for-14 at the plate with eight RBI and seven runs scored … The UNCW pitching staff did not issue a walk in the contest … Both teams committed an error in the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): UNCW opened the scoring in the nightcap as it used run-scoring singles from seniors Morgan Ayers and Brittany Gamby to take a 2-0 lead.
UNCG took control of the contest in the bottom of the third, plating four runs on four hits, including a solo home run from Madruga and a run-scoring double from Nicole Thomas, to jump in front of the Seahawks, 4-2.
A pair of two-run home runs from Bedwell in the fourth and sixth innings accounted for the final four runs of the game and the 8-2 margin.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Bedwell was 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI while Madruga was 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the Spartans attack in game two. Three players accounted for UNCG’s other three hits in the contest.
Ayers and Gamby were both 2-for-3 with a run batted in for the Seahawks. Moore recorded UNCW’s other base hit in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Lacey Leary picked up the win for the Spartans in game two to move her mark to 4-3 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Lacey surrendered two runs on five hits and four walks.
Roberts got the start for UNCW in game two and was credited with four runs on four hits and four walks in 2.2 innings of work to move to 0-1 on the season.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 12 runners on base (UNCW 7; UNCG 5) … The two teams finished the game with eight walks and just three strikeouts … UNCG’s 3-thorugh-6 hitters were a combined 5-for-12 with six RBI.
NOTES: UNCW moved to 2-8 in true road contests this season … The Seahawks slipped to 0-10 this season when allowing six or more runs in a contest … Senior Brittany Gamby posted her eighth multiple-hit game of the season with her two-hit effort in game two … Senior Morgan Ayers had her fifth multiple-hit game of the season with a two-hit performance in the nightcap … Freshman Lauren Moore has recorded a hit in three of the last four contests.