UNCW Takes Advantage Of Errors In Win
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW took advantage of a pair of St. Joseph errors in the eighth inning to break a 2-all tie and win 4-2 in college baseball action on Tuesday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks have now won their last two and six of their last seven to improve to 7-5 on the season. The Hawks, meanwhile, saw their record dip to 5-7 with the road loss.
In the eighth, senior David Shambley drew a leadoff walk off reliever Ryan Kemp (0-1) and moved around to third when pinch hitter Ryan LaGrange's sacrifice bunt was thrown away, putting runners at second and third. Junior Thomas Pope followed with a sacrifice fly to center to score Shambley with the go-ahead run. Kemp retired the next two batters, but a fielding error on a ground ball hit by sophomore Michael Bass allowed LaGrange to score the second and final run of the inning.
Junior Zak Kornblum (2-0) earned the win in relief for UNCW striking out one in 1 1/3 innings. Sophomore Blaze Tart closed out the ninth, allowing just a walk, and nailing down his third save of the season.
UNCW gained the early lead on a RBI single by Ridge in the bottom of the first, but SJU rallied in the fourth to draw even on Joe Cook's two-out single that scored Kevin Taylor.
Both teams would add runs in the sixth for UNCW and SJU in the top of the seventh.
Neither starter figured in the decision, but both were solid in the outings. Chad Simendinger fanned four in six innings while allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits.
Junior Ryan Leach gave UNCW another strong start, pitching into the seventh and allowing two runs, none earned. Leach allowed just four hits, walked four and struck out two.
The Seahawks open Colonial Athletic Association play on Friday when they host Northeastern at 4 p.m. in the first of a three-game series.
Notes: Matt Campbell has now reached base safely in all 12 games ... Jake Koenig extended his team-leading hitting streak to four ... In its last eight games (6-2), the UNCW pitching staff has limited opponents to a .223 batting average and posted a 1.88 ERA ... UNCW has stolen 29 bases in 32 attempts through 12 games.