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McSwain Fans 10 As Seahawks Win, 8-1

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/02/2012
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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Matt Campbell and Tyler Molinaro homered to back a career-high 10-strikeout effort from UNCW starter Tyler McSwain, as the Seahawks topped UNC Asheville, 8-1, at the Hughes Bros. Challenge on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks (3-6) halted a five-game losing skid with the win as they set a season-high with eight runs scored. UNCA, who dropped a 10-1 decision earlier in the day to NC State, fell to 6-5 with its third consecutive defeat.

McSwain (1-2) tossed seven shutout innings for the second time this season and escaped jams in most of those innings. UNCA went 1-for-11 with runners on base and finished 0-for-11 in RBI opportunities.

Ryan Dull (2-1) was the tough luck loser, allowing four runs, two earned, over seven innings.

Thomas Pope finished with three hits, including two doubles, to lead the Seahawks while Drew Farber knocked in two runs with a double late in the game.

UNCW plated the first three runs of the game with a RBI single by Corey Dick in the fourth and Molinaro connected on a two-run blast in the fifth for a 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs scratched out a run in the eighth as three walks and an error against the UNCW bullpen allowed pinch hitter Eli Miller to score and narrow the deficit to 3-1. UNCA placed its leadoff hitter on base five times, but stranded 11 runners on base.

Campbell answered that run with a leadoff homer to left to make it 4-1. The Seahawks would tack on four unearned runs to make the final 8-1. Farber's double and a RBI single from Jake Koenig highlighted the outburst.

Due to anticipated bad weather on Saturday, the schedule has been adjusted. UNCA and NC State will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by the NC State-UNCW game, 45 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.

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