Diamond Hawks Un"Pack" Brooms In Raleigh
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
RALEIGH, N.C. - Ben Thielsen and Mike Rooney had three hits apiece and the Seahawk bullpen shined again with 4 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief as UNCW topped host NC State, 7-4, at Doak Field on Wednesday.
The win extends the Seahawks winning streak to six games, tying a season-high, and raised their record to 21-13. The victory was also UNCW's first at Doak Field since the 1998 season and gave UNCW a season sweep of the home-and-home series. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, dropped to 22-13.
The Seahawks rallied in the sixth inning with a pair of runs that broke a four-all tie. Two-out RBI singles by Thielsen and Rooney highlighted the inning and made a winner of UNCW senior reliever Jesse Haney (1-0).
Haney, who tossed a pair of scoreless innings, entered the game in the bottom of the fifth and rolled a double play ball with the bases loaded to keep the game tied at four after NCSU drew even on a double by Harold Riggins.
Despite 4 1/3 innings of strong relief, Grant Sasser (2-2) was tagged with the loss, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five.
UNCW scored four in the third on five hits including three doubles and a homer by junior Alex Hill. Rooney and Thielsen combined for the first run with consecutive doubles and Hill followed with a two-run shot to right, his sixth of the season. Freshman Hunter Ridge would drive in the final run of the inning with a double into the leftfield corner with two out.
Junior closer Stephen Harrold recorded his fifth save, retiring the side in order in the ninth.
The Seahawks return to Colonial Athletic Association play this Friday when they square off with preseason favorite James Madison at 6:30 p.m.