Stanley's Slam Lifts Seahawks Past Monarchs, 7-5
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Cody Stanley drove in five runs on three hits and lifted UNC Wilmington to a 7-5 win over Old Dominion with a grand slam in the seventh inning on Tuesday in game three of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball championship at Brooks Field.
With the come-from-behind victory, the Seahawks improved to 29-21, while Old Dominion dipped to 22-26.
The Seahawks take on Georgia State, a 6-5 winner over Northeastern, at 7 p.m. on Thursday. ODU, meanwhile, will face top-seeded and nationally-ranked George Mason, a 6-5 victor over Delaware, at 3:30 p.m. in a potential elimination game for the Monarchs.
In the first game of Thursday’s schedule, Delaware and Northeastern will face off at Noon in an elimination game.
Sophomore reliever Stephen Harrold gave the Seahawks a stellar effort out of the bullpen after starter Seth Frankoff didn’t make it past the third inning. Harrold (4-1) fanned a career-high seven in 5 1/3 shutout innings.
Junior reliever Bryan Booth posted his fourth save of the season, striking out one and closing out the game with 2/3 of an inning in relief.
Chris Boggs (5-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing Stanley’s grand slam. ODU starter Kyle Hald gave the Monarchs 6 1/3 solid innings in just his third start of the season. Hald allowed four runs on seven hits in a season-long outing. He walked two and struck out six.
Hald retired the first two hitters in the bottom of the first, but Holt extended the inning and his career-long hitting streak to 15 with a single to center. Junior first baseman Robbie Monday was hit by a pitch and freshman Andrew Cain followed with a double to right to score the first run of the game. It was Cain’s first appearance since May 12 when he suffered a neck injury against East Carolina.
Josh Wright (2-for-4, HR) led off the second for ODU with a single and moved up on a ground ball out. ODU tied the game one out later when Wright would come around on a Seahawk throwing error. Cameron Scott fouled out to first base, but moved to third on Monday’s throw to third that sailed past third base allowing Wright to score.
The Monarchs took advantage of Frankoff’s wildness in the third taking a 3-1 lead. Frankoff hit Carlos Hernandez with a 2-2 offering and then bounced a wild pitch allowing Hernandez to move into scoring position. Gerard Hall singled to put runners on the corners for Jack McAloose, who drilled a three-run homer to center. Josh Wright made it 5-1 with his 11th homer of the season. McAloose raised his average to .412 with a 2-for-3 outing,
Stanley narrowed UNCW deficit to three, 5-2, in the fifth with a RBI single that scored Thielsen from second.
Stanley belted UNCW’s first grand slam of the season in the seventh to rally the Seahawks for a 6-5 lead. After relieving Hald, Boggs walked junior Grayson Evans to load the bases and Stanley blasted his 12th homer of the season on a 0-1 fastball to centerfield.
Thielsen gave UNCW a two-run lead, 7-5, with a RBI fielder’s choice in the eighth.