Seahawks Rally Past Terps To Take Game Two, 7-5
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Junior Grayson Evans and sophomore Alex Hill each had two hits and drove in two runs and the Seahawk bullpen hurled five shutout innings as UNC Wilmington clipped Maryland, 7-5, in college baseball action Saturday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks took the weekend series from the Terrapins and improved to 2-0 while UM dipped to 0-2.
Freshman Ryan Walker (1-0) picked up the win in relief of junior starter Seth Frankoff, who was roughed up for five runs on seven hits and three walks in four innings. Walker scattered two hits in his only inning of work. Fellow rookie Tyler McSwain, meanwhile, limited the Terps to one hit and struck out three in earning a four-inning save.
Junior righthander Scott Swinson (0-1) was credited with the loss, allowing four runs, one earned, on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief.
Seniors Mike Murphy and Dan Benick both had two hits and drove in two runs apiece for UM.
Joining Evans with two hits was freshman outfielder Thomas Pope as UNCW outhit the Terps, 11-10, on the afternoon.
The Terps got on the board in the first inning when Murphy singled home junior David Poutier, who doubled to right to leadoff the game.
Maryland built a 5-0 lead with four runs on four hits in the top of the third, highlighted by a solo homer to left by Murphy. Gerry Spessard knocked in the second run of the outburst with a single through the rightside and Benick capped the inning with a 2-run single into center.
UNCW answered in its half of the third with three runs on one hit, three walks and a pair of hit batters. Evans drew a bases loaded walk off UM starter Eric Potter, who lasted just two innings and allowed three runs on four walks. Pinch hitter Rhett Miller drew a bases-loaded walk off Swinson and junior Mike Rooney was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the final run as UNCW moved to within 5-3.
In the Seahawk fourth, Evans delivered a RBI double to rightcenter and would come around to score, along with sophomore David Shambley, on a two-out single to right by Hill that pushed the Seahawks out in front 6-5. Shambley had singled in the previous at bat and took second on throw that missed the cutoff.
UNCW’s final run of the game came in the seventh on a pinch-hit single by senior Ryan Foreman. Rooney opened the inning on an infield hit and moved around to third with a pair of stolen bases.
McSwain retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced to close out the game for the Seahawks.
The series concludes on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start.
Notes: The UNCW bullpen has now allowed just two runs and three hits in nine innings to open the season ... UNCW now owns a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series ... After combing for six errors in the opener, both team settled down and combined for just one miscue (Alfredo Rodriguez) in Saturday’s contest ... Through two games, UNCW has struck out just five times ... Saturday’s attendance was listed at 1,251.