|Pitching Dominates Both Games In Sweep|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW starting pitchers Mat Batts and Jordan Ramsey delivered dominant starts as UNCW sweep Colonial Athletic Association leader Georgia State by the scores of 9-0 and 12-1 on Friday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks upped their record to 16-7 with the sweep overall and 3-1 in the league. The Panthers, meanwhile, dropped to 15-9 and 5-3. UNCW has now won five straight and 10 of its last 11.
In the opener, Batts (3-1) delivered a complete game four-hit shutout against the Panthers, who entered the series as the second best hitting team in the nation. The lefthander struck out seven and did not walk a batter. In the nightcap, Ramsey (3-2) continued UNCW’s domination on the mound, striking out a career-high eight and allowing one run on five hits in eight innings.
Offensively, Michael Bass collected three hits in the opener as did Corey Dick. Ryan LaGrange knocked in three runs on two hits and Drew Farber had a bases-clearing three-run double to key a five-run sixth inning.
Jerry Stuckey (1-1) was tagged for the loss in game one and Garrett Ford (2-3) was the losing pitcher in game two.
Josh Merrigan had three hits in game two and added a hit in game one for the Panthers, who were held to one run on nine hits on the afternoon.
Next up: The final game of the series is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday. UNCW’s 1963 NJCAA National Championship team will be honored prior to the game.
How it happened (Game 1): Nine batters made their way to the plate in a five-run frame that broke open a 3-0 game. With the bases loaded, Farber drilled a bases-clearing double to left to highlight the inning. Michael Bass added a RBI single and LaGrange doubled in a run.
How it happened (Game 2): It was the sixth inning again for the Seahawks as they saw six runs score as 11 batters made their way to the plate. UNCW took advantage of three walks and a hit batter mixed in with four hits in the explosion. Hunter Ridge scored the first run with a sacrifice fly before a double by Dunlap and walks issued to LaGrange two batters later opened the flood gate.
It all begins on the mound: The Seahawks did not walk a batter on the afternoon between Batts, Ramsey and reliever Ryan Foster. Batts, who tossed his third career complete game and first shutout, held the GSU lineup hitless in 11 at bats with runners on base. Ramsey, meanwhile, allowed a run in the first inning before settling down. In his last five starts, he’s allowed just three earned runs and eight total. During that span, he’s posted a 0.74 ERA.
Inside the numbers: UNCW went 9-for-18 with runners on base in the opener and followed that with a 9-19 performance in game two ... In the nightcap, Seahawk batters advanced a runner in 20-of-27 opportunities ... UNCW score 11-of-12 runners from third with less than two out combined in both games, including 7-for-7 in game two.
Notes: Michael Bass now owns a 19-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all 23 games and his streak is at 25 dating back to last season ... Terence Connelly and LaGrange extended their on base streaks to 15 and 12 games, respectively ... Farber has driven in 16 runs in his last 10 games to take the team lead with 22 ... UNCW’s pitching staff dropped its league-leading ERA to 3.57 ... The Seahawks have scored at least nine runs in each of their five games in the winning streak, including double figures on three occasions ... The Seahawks own a 15-4 record at Brooks Field.