McSwain, Batts Stellar In Sweep Of NU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BROOKLINE, Mass. - UNCW pitchers Tyler McSwain and Mat Batts tossed complete games as the Seahawks swept host Northeastern, 7-3 and 7-2, on Saturday in Colonial Athletic Association action at Friedman Diamond.
The Seahawks, who extended their winning streak to a modest three games, improved to 23-16 with the twinbill sweep and 14-3 in the league. The Huskies dropped to 14-20 and 4-13.
Sunday's finale has been moved to 11 a.m. in anticipation of inclement weather rolling up the east coast.
In the opener, McSwain (6-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk. He fanned seven and lowered his ERA to 3.92. McSwain now needs just one more win to become the 12th Seahawks to reach the 20 career win mark.
Batts (3-4) turned in UNCW's second complete game effort of the day and season in the nightcap. The lefthander struck out a career-high 10 batters while allowing two runs on seven hits. Batts did not issue a free pass on the afternoon.
Andrew Leenhouts (4-3) and Nick Berger (4-3) were saddled with the losses for the Huskies. Leenhouts finished with nine strikeouts and allowed four runs, one earned, over six innings. Berger, meanwhile, was tagged for three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in five innings of work.
Corey Dick powered the Seahawks in game one with two hits, including his fourth round tripper of the season, and three runs batted in. Hunter Ridge added two hits and scored three runs in the opening game win. Ridge belted his first homer of the season.
The Seahawks built a 3-0 lead after three innings and extended it to 4-0 in the seventh on Cain's fourth homer of the season leading off the inning.
NU cut its deficit in half on a two-run homer to right by Jason Volser in the bottom of the seventh.
UNCW extended its lead to 7-2 with three in the eighth. Bass and Campbell highlighted the outburst with a RBI triple and double, respectively.
Rob Fonseca led NU with two hits in the second game while Oliver Hart had two in the opener, including his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot in the seventh.
The Seahawks swiped a season-high seven bases in the second game and totaled 12 steals on the day. Cain stole five bases, including three in the nightcap.