|Elon Edges UNCW, 3-2, On Diamond|
ELON, North Carolina – Pinch hitter Wil Leathers singled in Sebastian Gomez from second base in the bottom of the eighth to lift Elon to a 3-2 win over visiting UNCW on Tuesday at Latham Park.
Elon improved to 6-1 with the home win, their fourth-in-a-row. The Seahawks saw their modest three-game winning streak halted with the road loss and evened their record at 4-4.
Elon reliever Graham Edwards (1-0) earned the win with three innings of shutout baseball. He allowed two hits and a walk. Starter Matt Harris, making his first collegiate start, struck out eight and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings.
Senior reliever Kelly Secrest (1-1) was credited with the loss after allowing difference making run on a hits and a walk in the ninth. Sophomore Ryan Foster, who was also making his first collegiate start, struck out a career-high seven in five innings.
Quinn Bower led Elon with two hits on the afternoon.
How it happened: Secrest walked Gomex to open the eighth and he was advanced into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Leathers followed with a single to left scoring Gomez ahead of Thorburn’s throw from left.
Inside the box score: UNCW was just 1-for-11 in RBI opportunities and 1-for-18 with runners on base … Elon pitchers did not yield a two-out hit to the Seahawks all game … Both teams combined to land the leadoff hitter on base in 9-of-17 innings … UNCW stranded 12 runners on base … UNCW has not committed an error in its last two games.
Notes: UNCW’s bullpen of Ricky Holden, Christian MacDonald and Kelly Secrest combined to allow one run on two hits over three innings … For Thorburn, it was his second three-hit game of the season … For Elon, it was its third straight win over the Seahawks dating back to last season … UNCW dropped to 9-12 at Elon all time … UNCW has posted a 1.29 ERA over its last four games and opponents are hitting just .162 during that span.
Up next: The Seahawks head to the west coast for an appearances in the USD Tournament. Originally slated to open on Friday, UNCW will now play host San Diego on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST.