Clutch Hitting Propels Seahawks To Sweep
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Backed by clutch hitting and a pair of home runs, UNCW completed a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of visiting William & Mary with a 7-4 win on Sunday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks moved to 21-14 overall with their sixth straight win and to 10-5 in the league. The Tribe fell to 18-20 and 9-9 in the CAA with their fourth consecutive setback. With the sweep, the Seahawks moved into first-place in the 11-team circuit.
UNCW scored six two-out runs on the afternoon with Andrew Cain knocking in three of those with a third inning homer that tied the game for the Seahawks after the Tribe had taken the early lead.
Hunter Ridge broke the deadlock in the fifth inning with a leadoff homer against losing pitcher Jay McCarthy (1-4) that pushed UNCW in front, 4-3.
W&M managed to move to within one, 5-4, on a sacrifice fly by Chris Forsten in the top of the sixth, but the Seahawks answered in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out, two-run single by Drew Farber for a 7-4 lead.
Tyler McSwain (3-3) evened his record, going five innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits and four walks.
Seahawk relievers Jack Lane, Steven Davis and William Prince combined for four shutout innings with Prince picking up his second save of the week. Prince allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in two innings.
Tadd Bower and Ryan Lindemuth each had three hits for the Tribe while Stephen Arcure added two.
For UNCW, Matt Campbell collected three hits and scored twice. Ridge and Farber both finished with two hits as UNCW built a 12-9 advantage in the hits column.
The Seahawks visit East Carolina on Apr. 19, for a 6 p.m. start before returning to Brooks Field the following day for a 6 p.m. start against NC State.