UNCW's opening weekend rotation of red-shirt sophomore Mat Batts, junior Tyler DeLoach and freshman Jordan Ramsey has a total of three
starts between them, all coming in 2010 by Matts when he attended Western
Batts went 3-1 at WCU as a freshman with a 4.44 ERA in 20
appearances. He sat out the 2011 season, but pitched for the Wilmington Sharks
of the Coastal Plain League. Batt made nine starts and fashioned a 1.89 ERA in
62 innings and limited opponents to a .227 average.
DeLoach, who has 9.2 career innings under his belt, also
pitched for the Sharks and finished with 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.
Opposing hitters hit a meager .197 against him.
Ramsey is just a freshman, but was picked by Kansas City in
the 28th round of the MLB draft after a tremendous senior season at North
Davidson High School. He was a 4A All-State selection his junior and senior
seasons. As a senior, Ramsey fanned 95 batters in 53 innings while walking just
UNCW's top returning starter is Tyler McSwain, who has been a
work horse for the Seahawks in each of his three seasons. The righthander, who
went 5-5, tossed 87 innings in 2011 over 16 appearances, including 14 starts.
Adding to the Seahawks depth in the rotation against one of
the nation's toughest non-conference schedules is senior Travis Bradley. After
opening the season in the bullpen, Bradley moved into the rotation midway
through the season and finished with a 2-5 mark and a 3.96 ERA.
UNCW has pieced together a deep bullpen that will be a
strength, not only this season, but for seasons to come.
The Seahawks return their closer in William Prince, a
righthanded sophomore that collected five saves and held opponents to a .192
batting average in 20 appearances. Also returning is junior righthander Tom
Timoney, who added two saves in 2011. Timoney fanned 28 in 27.1 innings and
finished with a 2-2 mark in 21 outings.
Returning in 2012 are red-shirt junior Jack Lane and
sophomore Kelly Secrest. Lane appeared in 26 games while Secrest led all
lefthanders, pitching in 28 games. He struck out 20 in 19.1 innings.
Looking to bolster the Seahawks options from the rightside
is sophomore Ricky Holden, who despite some struggles as a rookie, pitched
extremely well over the summer and carried that momentum into fall workouts.
UNCW welcomes the return of red-shirt junior Thomas Jones in
2012 after he missed 2011 following arm surgery. Jones progressed well in his
rehabilitation and was effective during the later part of the fall and excelled
during the Blue-Teal World Series.
Leach saw his 2011 season cut short following an arm injury,
but tossed a complete game win against Campbell prior to the injury. Leach has
been a reliever primarily during his career and he'll bring that experience to
the Seahawks this season.
MacDonald joins Secrest as the Seahawks' option from the
leftside in the bullpen. Although inconsistent as a freshman, MacDonald used
summer baseball and fall workouts to iron out his delivery and fashioned good
results. He may join Prince in the closer spot.
Mayhew and Livengood round out the pen for the Seahawks.
Mayhew was a highly decorated pitcher at West Forsyth High School who showed
the ability to get outs during the fall. Livengood is a strong righthander who
can pitch in middle relief as well as situational spots.