|Batts Stays Perfect In CAA With 3-1 Win|
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Mat Batts struck out six and allowed one run while UNCW plated all three runs in the fourth inning as the Seahawks took the Colonial Athletic Association series opener from Northeastern, 3-1, on Thursday at Friedman Diamond.
The Seahawks improved to 27-24 with their third straight win and 9-8 in the CAA. The Huskies, meanwhile, dipped to 24-26 overall and 8-11 in the circuit.
Batts (6-3) earned the win with another strong outing. Over seven innings, he scattered seven hits and hit one batter and lowered his ERA to 2.30. Kelly Secrest pitched the ninth and earned his sixth save.
NU starter Nick Berger (2-6) took the loss despite striking out 11 and surrendering three runs on six hits and a walk in a complete game effort.
NU outhit the Seahawks, 8-6, with Jason Vosler, Brad Burcroff and Josh Treff each collecting two hits on the afternoon.
Up next: The series continues on Friday with another 3 p.m. start.
How it happened: UNCW strung together four straight hits off Berger to open the fourth inning. Corey Dick tied the game at 1-all with a RBI single and Ryan LaGrange followed with a RBI single of his own to give UNCW the lead. Robbie Thorburn plated the final run of the frame with a ground out.
Inside the box score: Batts and the Seahawk staff allowed just two leadoff hitters to reach and one two-out hit … Batts has now allowed just four earned runs in his last 52 innings for a 0.69 ERA …
Notes: The Seahawks improved to 15-8-1 all-time against Northeastern and 6-6-1 at Friedman Diamond … Christian MacDonald tossed a shutout eighth inning and has not allowed a run in his last five appearances … UNCW did tie the school single season record with 83 hit batters … UNCW pitchers have compiled a 1.27 ERA over their last eight games.