Seahawks Complete Pivotal Sweep
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Tyler McSwain tossed seven strong innings and Michael Bass had two hits and scored three times as UNCW completed a sweep of visiting Georgia State with a 6-4 win on Sunday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks pushed their record to 27-21 overall with their fourth straight win and climbed into a tie with James Madison for second in the Colonial Athletic Association standings at 15-9. The Panthers, who carried a four-game winning streak into the weekend, dropped to 33-16 and 13-11.
McSwain evened his record at 4-4 on the season with the win after limiting the Panthers to three runs on nine hits and a walk. He fanned four, all coming to end innings and work out of jams in the first four innings.
Bass, meanwhile, keyed the Seahawks at the top of the lineup going 2-for-2 and driving in a run. He reached base safely three of the four times he came to the plate.
GSU narrowed its deficit to 3-1 in the fifth on Mark Micowski's fourth homer of the season.
A three-run ninth fueled by RBI doubles by Bass and Cain made it 6-1 in favor of UNCW.
The Panthers, however, answered with three runs of their own in the top of the seventh. Brett Maxwell hit his fifth round tripper of the season to open the frame and Theo Asher added a RBI triple later in the inning.
Tom Timoney came on in the ninth for UNCW and earned his second save of the season.
GSU starter Justin Malone (6-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season. Malone surrendered three runs on five hits and a pair of walks in five innings of work.
Rob Lind collected a game-high four hits for the Panthers.
The Seahawks close out their non-conference home schedule on May 10 hosting North Carolina at 6 p.m.