|UNCW Baseball Notebook (Apr. 14)|
UNCW BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Record: 26-11 | Home: 21-7 | Away: 5-4 | CAA: 9-2 | Last Week: 3-1
Scalf career record (22nd season): 719-548-1 | CAA: 289-190-1
Last Week’s results: 4/10 at Elon W 8-5; 4/13 Delaware* W 4-2, W 3-2; 4/14 Delaware* L 11-7
This Week Opponent (All-time record vs): 4/16 at East Carolina (69-57), 6 p.m.; 4/19 at George Mason (51-44)*, 3 p.m.; 4/20 at George Mason*, 2 p.m.; 4/21 at George Mason*, 1 p.m.
CAA Player of the Week Nominee: Luke Dunlap, Soph., OF, Walnut Cove, N.C./East Forsyth
- Dunlap continues his torrid play at the plate, hitting .462 on the week (6-for-13) with five walks for an on base average of .529. Dunlap scored four runs and connected on his third homer of the season, a two-run shot, in a win at Elon. Dunlap is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, one short of his career-long eight set earlier this season.
CAA Pitcher of the Week Nominee: Mat Batts, RS-Jr., LHP, Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor (Western Carolina)
- Batts dominated Delaware, the nation’s second highest batting average for a team and the national leader in slugging percentage, in a complete game 4-2 win over the Blue Hens in the opener of a key CAA showdown between the front-running Seahawks and second-place Blue Hens. For Batts, it was his fourth consecutive complete game outing as he scattered seven hits, walked none and struck out eight. He allowed a pair of solo homers, but didn’t allow a runner past second the entire game. Batts retired the final 10 batters of the game in order and faced just four over the minimum. In his two starts against the top offensive teams in the conference and the nation (Dela., Ga. State), Batts is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, 11 hits allowed, no walks and 15 strikeouts.
CAA Rookie of the Week Nominee: Terence Connelly, Fresh, Inf., Garden City, N.Y./Chaminade
- Connelly hit .333 last week and was hit twice, setting a new UNCW freshman record with nine hit-by-pitches, eclipsing the previous mark of eight set by Matt Wright in 2000. Connelly is the only Seahawk to start every game this season (36). Last week he scored three runs and knocked in two against Delaware.
Record Watch: Hunter Ridge, who became UNCW’s all-time hits leader in March, is poised to take the lead in RBI’s. He enters the week second all-time with 181 RBI. Jonathan Batts (2004-07) holds the school career record with 182 while former standout Matt Wright (2000-03) is now third with 180 … Michael Bass (15-for-15) moved into fifth with 65 stolen bases.
Streaks: After missing six games with an ankle injury, Bass wasted little time extending and tying the school hitting streak record with four hits in the Delaware opener and a single in the night cap to tie the school record of 26 games set in 2001 by Magnus Pilegard. The streak was halted on Sunday, but Bass did reach base safely twice on Sunday to push his streak to 33 games, dating back to last season. That ranks third on UNCW’s all-time list. Jason Appel is second with a 35-game streak in 2008 and Nate Hall reached base safely in 43 consecutive games that same season.
Domination on the mound: UNCW posted a 3.25 ERA last week as the staff went 3-1 including a series win over visiting Delaware over the weekend. Batts posted his fourth straight complete game gem (see CAA Pitcher-of-the-Week nomination above) while Jordan Ramsey improved to 6-2 with another tremendous effort in game two on Saturday. Ramsey held the Blue Hens scoreless until two out in the ninth of a 3-2 win. Ramsey limited the second-best hitting team in the nation and the conference to just four hits. He also allowed his first homer of the season and the second of his career. Relievers Ricky Holden and Kelly Secrest combined to allow one earned run over 8.2 innings of relief. Secrest notched two saves.
A Bass By Another Name: With Michael Bas missing six games with an ankle injury, the Seahawks turned to junior Dillon Bass, no relation, to take over at second base. Bass responded with a .353 batting average (6-for-17) and he made just one error in 34 total chances (.971 fld %).
He’s Going The Distance: Mat Batts posted his fourth complete game of the season on Saturday against Delaware. It was the most by a Seahawk since Thomas Benton posted four CG’s in 2006.
Notes: The Seahawks stayed in first place in the CAA with a 9-2 record following a series win over visiting Delaware … UNCW swept the Blue Hens in a twinbill on Saturday that saw game one last 2:06 and game two going 2:13 … UNCW improved to 21-7 at Brooks Field this season surpassing last year’s 19-win total … The Seahawks raised their record to 27-15 all-time against Delaware … Jordan Ramsey has won his last six straight decisions … Christian McDonald suffered his first loss of the season after exiting his Sunday start after 1 and 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season … After committing just one error, a throwing error, in its previous six games, UNCW committed a season-high five in a loss to Delaware … The Seahawks honored the 2003 NCAA tournament squad that reached the finals of the Baton Rouge Regional … That was the first UNCW team to compete in the NCAA tournament … UNCW drew it’s 13 crowd of more than 1,000 fans at Saturday’s doubleheader with Delaware.