Seahawks Topple Bears, 13-6
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNC Wilmington plated seven runs in their final three at bats while senior Larry Salefsky allowed one run over the final five innings as the 27th-ranked Seahawks knocked off visiting New York Tech, 13-6, in college baseball action Friday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks improved to 31-9-1 overall and 18-2 at Brooks Field. The Bears, meanwhile, fell to 12-21-1 on the season.
Salefsky (2-1) entered the game in the fifth and held the Bears to four hits and one run, unearned, in matching his longest outing of his career at five innings.
NYT junior starter Eric Johnson (1-4) suffered his fourth loss of the season, allowing six runs, all earned, on just three hits, but issued seven walks and hit two batters.
Freshman Alex Hill keyed the Seahawk lineup, scoring a career-high four runs and going 2-for-4 at his lead-off spot.. Seniors Nate Hall, Justin Barefoot and freshman Cody Stanley each had two hits for the Seahawks.
Senior Mike LaLuna, junior Joe Lucente and senior Tom Leonick had two hits apiece for the Bears, who out hit the Seahawks, 12-11.
Senior Mark Carver drilled a 2-run shot in the first that gave UNCW a 2-0 lead. It was his team and conference-leading 16th homer of the season. Carver also leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 60 runs batted in.
UNCW sophomore Seth Frankoff, who was staked to an early lead, retired the first batter of the second, but allowed three straight singles to load the bases. Sophomore George Carroll cleared the bases with a double to right center to give Tech a 3-2 lead.
Sophomore Jerry Smith put the Bears back in front, 5-3, in the top of the fourth when he delivered a 2-run homer to left off Frankoff.
The Seahawks tied jumped back in front, 6-5, with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Rooney knocked in the first run with a fielder’s choice and Hill doubled inside the third base bag to tie the game. The final run came across when Johnson threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
A 4-run sixth game UNCW a 10-5 lead as the Seahawks plated four runs on four hits in the inning. Hall, who raised his season batting average to .403, highlighted the inning with a 2-out double to left that scored two.
Senior Daniel Hargrave doubled in Hill, who scored his fourth run of the game, in the seventh to give UNCW an 11-5 lead.
The Bears added an unearned run in the eighth to move to within 11-6. Sophomore Christian Dienna reached on an error and scored two batters later on sophomore Greg Gilroy’s bad-hop single past Hall at third.
A RBI single by Barefoot and a Tech error pushed UNCW’s lead to 13-6 in the eighth.
The series continues on Saturday with a 4 p.m. start and will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Notes: It was the first game between the two schools ... Mark Carver extended his hitting streak to 10 games, one short of his career-long of 11 ... Alex Hill has scored seven runs in his last two games ... Cody Stanley scored a career-high three runs for UNCW ... UNCW drew eight walks on the game and struck out just twice ... UNCW also had three sacrifice bunts ... The Seahawks collected eight 2-out RBIs.