UNCW Maintains Hold On First With Sweep
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
HEMPSTEAD, New York - Thomas Pope collected six hits and drove in five runs and Travis Bradley starred in relief in game two as UNCW posted a sweep of Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader on Friday at University Field.
With their second doubleheader sweep of the season, the Seahawks ran their record to 23-16 overall and 12-5 in the CAA. The Pride, meanwhile, dropped to 10-22 and 8-12.
In the nightcap, Bradley (1-3) stymied the Pride with 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out three. It was his first win of the season.
UNCW broke a 1-all deadlock with three runs in the fourth inning of the second game and they all came with two outs. Pope singled to ignite the rally and Hill followed with a single to advance Pope around to third. A walk to Ryan LaGrange loaded the bases for Jake Koenig, who finished the afternoon with x RBIs, and he delivered a two-run single up the middle that made it 3-1. Drew Farber (2-for-4) closed out the scoring when he punched a single to right that brought in Koenig.
Joe Perez had drawn the Pride even in the bottom of the second with his team-leading seventh homer of the season.
Matt Campbell and Ridge drove in runs in the seventh to extend the lead to 6-1 and Ridge added a RBI double in the ninth to complete the scoring.
HU starter Rob Kumbavotic (1-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits.
In the opener, UNCW bolted out to a 7-2 lead after four innings and held off a late charge from Hofstra for an 11-6 win.
Pope highlighted a five-run third inning with a grand slam off losing pitcher David D'Errico (4-4). It was his third homer of the season.
For D'Errico, it was his shortest outing of the season after being roughed up for seven runs on eight hits in three innings of work.
Joining Pope with three hits in the lidlifter were Ridge and Alex Hill.
Dylan Nasiatka led HU with three hits while Perez had two hits, including his sixth homer of the season, and three runs batted in.
Daniel Cropper (6-1) picked up the win after allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits. Cropper struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced in the game.
Four UNCW relievers combined to shutout the Pride on four hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
The teams will attempt to wrap up the series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start. Fans can follow the audio broadcast and live stats at UNCWsports.com. You can also follow via twitter at twitter.com/uncwbaseball.baseball