Diamond Hawks Rally Past Rams
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Senior Justin Barefoot’s infield single scored sophomore pinch runner Bobby Leeper from second base as UNC Wilmington over came a 7-0 deficit with four runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth inning for an 8-7 win over Fordham Friday in college baseball action at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks halted a 4-game skid with the win and improved to 2-4. The Rams, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2 with their second 1-run loss of the season.
Seahawk senior reliever Larry Salefsky (1-1) earned the win with a scoreless top of the ninth inning.
Freshman reliever John Flanagan (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 1 1/3 innings.
UNCW roughed up the Fordham bullpen for eight runs in the final 1 2/3 innings of the game.
Fordham senior starter Tom Davis scattered four hits and a walk over seven shutout innings and left the game with a 7-0 lead, but didn’t figure in the decision.
Senior Chris Kaible, who homered twice and drove in three runs, homered to right center off UNCW starter Jeff Hatcher to give the Rams a 1-0 in the top of the second.
Senior Rich Goulian extended Fordham’s lead to 2-0 with a solo leadoff homer to right in the top of the fourth. Goulian finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and three runs scored.
Fordham pushed its lead to 5-0 with three runs in the fifth off Hatcher. Senior Eric Reese plated the first run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Kaible followed with a sacrifice fly to right. Michael Taddei, a sophomore, closed out the scoring with single to left scoring Goulian with two outs.
Goulian and Kaible struck again in the seventh with home runs one batter apart off Seahawk reliever Bryan Booth that gave Fordham a 7-0 lead.
Senior Daniel Hargrave, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double, helped the Seahawks get on the board with a 2-run home run off junior lefthander J.P. Mack in the eighth. Carver connected on his first round tripper of the season two batters later to make it 7-3. Senior Nate Hall, who drove in three runs on two hits, plated the final run of the inning with a single through the leftside that scored freshman pinch runner Tyler Stott.
Trailing 7-3 entering the ninth, sophomore Rhett Miller doubled off Flanagan to open the inning and would later score on Carver’s RBI single through the leftside. Hall tied the game with a single to left leading to Barefoot’s game-winning hit.
The series continues on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
Notes: The UNCW pitching staff has allowed 14 home runs this season ... Daniel Hargrave extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games ... Hargrave also moved into seventh all-time at UNCW with 24 career home runs ... Friday’s come-from-behind win margin was the most since the 2006 Colonial Athletic Association tournament when UNCW overcame a 9-2 deficit after three innings.