Seahawks Topple Demon Deacons, 12-7, In Baseball Action Wednesday
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Sophomore Cody Stanley drove in four runs and sophomore Tyler Stott collected four hits as UNC Wilmington knocked off Wake Forest, 12-7, to stay unbeaten on the season Wednesday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks, who trailed 7-2 after three innings, improved to 8-0 with the non-conference win and equaled the best start in school history set in 1968. The Demon Deacons suffered their first loss of the season to fall to 6-1.
Stanley went 3-for-5 and knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs in a 6-run sixth inning. Stott, meanwhile, entered the game with one career-hit and paced the Seahawks at the top of the order.
Wake Forest senior Weldon Woodall went 3-for-4 and scored twice. Behind Woodall in the lineup were freshmen Austin Sadler and Carlos Lopez, who both drove in three runs and homered on the evening. Lopez finished with a pair of round trippers.
Senior Brad Kledzik (1-1) suffered the loss for the Demon Deacons out of the bullpen. Kledzik was tagged for five runs on four walks in 2/3 of an inning.
Sophomore Cody Stanley launched a 2-run homer to right in the bottom of the first to give UNCW the early lead. The Seahawks loaded the bases later in the inning, but were unable to push anything across.
Trailing 2-0 after one inning, WFU sent nine batters to the plate in the top of the second, plating five runs on four hits, including back-to-back homers off the bats of Stadler and Lopez. Stadler’s was a 3-run shot to right and Lopez banged a 3-1 offering from UNCW starting pitcher sophomore Justin Bradley over the fence in left.
Lopez pushed the Demon Deacons lead to 7-2 in the third with his second homer of the game, a 2-run shot, off Davis.
UNCW exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-7 lead. The Seahawks took advantage of four walks, a hit batter to fuel the inning. The first run came across on a bases-loaded walk to junior Mike Rooney and sophomore pinch hitter Alex Hill knocked in the second with a sacrifice fly. A walk to Thielsen reloaded the bases and Stott followed with an infield single that was also misplayed for an error to allow two runs to score and moved UNCW even at 7-all. Stanley followed with a 2-run single up the middle off sophomore reliever Ryan McGrath to give UNCW the lead, 9-7.
Miller doubled in junior Bobby Leeper in the sixth as UNCW tacked on a run to take a 10-7 lead.
UNCW closed out the scoring in the eighth with two runs, one coming in on pinch hitter Marc Locklear’s safety squeeze and Leeper scored on a passed ball later in the inning.
Wake Forest had opportunities to tie or narrow its deficit in the seventh and eighth innings, but red-shirt freshman Tyler Smith closed out the threat in the seventh and Booth escaped a jam in the eighth.
The Seahawks return to action on March 6, hosting Wright State at 4 p.m.
Notes: WFU freshman starter Daniel Marrs left the game in the bottom of the second after being hit in the head by a line drive ... The Seahawk bullpen held the Demon Deacons to two runs in the final seven innings and didn’t allow a runner past second in the final six innings ... UNCW has now won three straight against Wake Forest and improved to 4-0 against the ACC this season ... Cody Stanley is hitting .370 with six extra base hits, including three homers, and 11 RBI in his last six games ... Bryan Booth has fanned seven in 4 2/3 innings of relief and has allowed just one base runner ... The Seahawk bullpen has posted a 5-0 mark and limited opposing hitters to a .168 batting average this season.