Diamond Hawks Hold Off Tigers For 10-7 Win
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
TOWSON, Md. – Grayson Evans had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in two runs and sophomore Cameron Roth struck out the side in the ninth to preserve a 10-7 win for UNC Wilmington over Towson on Sunday at Schuerholz Park.
The Seahawks halted a five-game losing skid and improved to 22-17 overall and 8-7 in the league. Towson, meanwhile, dropped to 20-20 and 7-8.
Freshman reliever Tyler McSwain (2-1) picked up the win and Roth earned his first save of the season.
Zach Umberger was saddled with the loss to fall to 2-3. Umberger was roughed up for four runs on five hits in three innings.
Gary Helmick and Kevin Collins both had two hits to lead the Towson lineup.
Monday put the Seahawks in front, 2-0, with a towering homer to right, his ninth of the season, with Evans on second in the second inning. Evans doubled to right to open the inning against Umberger.
UNCW added to its lead with two runs on three hits for a 4-0 lead in the top of the third. Junior Marc Locklear led off with a single and scored from first on junior Mike Rooney’s doubled to left center. Rooney would later score on Stanley’s triple to the same spot.
Towson broke through in the bottom of the third on a two-run shot to right by Kevin Collins.
Evans knocked in junior Ben Thielsen with a two-out RBI single through the leftside against reliever Spencer Patton for a 5-2 lead in the fifth. Thielsen opened the inning getting hit by a pitch and was sacrificed by Rooney to second.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer by Helmick to make it 5-4.
UNCW sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth and plated five runs on three hits to move out to a 10-4 lead. A double to right center by Evans was the highlight of the inning in which UNCW scored twice on wild pitches.
After being shut out by McSwain through 3 2/3 innings, Towson opened the ninth with a single by Aaron Gabrielian and a walk to Austin Harclerode. Ben Winter followed with a three-run homer to right to cut the deficit to 10-7. Roth though finished the game striking out the final two batters with the bases loaded to earn a save.
The Seahawks return to Brooks Field on Apr. 28 with a doubleheader against North Carolina Central. First-pitch is slated for 4 p.m.