WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Mat Batts and Jordan Ramsey delivered big efforts on the mound, allowing a combined four runs and 11 hits on the day as UNCW swept high-powered Delaware on Saturday by the scores of 4-2 and 3-2 at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks improved to 26-10 overall and 9-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Blue Hens, who had a 13-game winning streak halted in the opener, fell to 23-10 and 9-5.
Batts (5-2) tossed his fourth consecutive complete game in the opener, allowing two runs on seven hits while walking none and striking out eight. Ramsey (6-2) nearly matched Batts, going eight and 2/3 innings and limiting UD to two runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out five and allowed just three base runners to get into scoring position on the afternoon.
UNCW’s Michael Bass collected four hits in the opener in his return to the lineup following a six-game absence with an ankle injury. Bass tied the school hitting streak record at 26 with a single in the nightcap.
UD starter Chad Kuhl (5-2) dropped the opener, allowing four runs, one earned, on 11 hits over six innings. In game two, Adam Smith (4-4) suffered the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits in five and 1/3 innings.
Jimmy Yezzo had his on-base streak halted at 44 games after failing to reach base safely in game two. Yezzo, D.J. Long and E.J. Stoltzfus each had two hits on the afternoon. All three also homered with Yezzo and Long in the opener and Stoltzfus a two-run shot in the ninth of game two.
Up next: The Seahawks and Blue Hens conclude their weekend series with a 2 p.m. start on Sunday.
How it happened (Game 1): With two out, UNCW took advantage of two fielding errors and five hits in the third inning of game one to take a 4-1 lead. Luke Dunlap scored on a fielding error and Corey Dick came across on a single by Hunter Ridge. The final run scored on a throwing error by Delaware.
How it happened (Game 2): The Seahawks plated all three runs in the third with Tyler Molinaro and Dunlap singling in runs. The third run came across on a fielding error on Molinaro’s single to right that made its way to the wall.
Inside the numbers: Batts faced just four batters over the minimum in the opener … It was his second complete game win against Delaware in three starts … Batts retired the final 10 batters he faced including four strikeouts in the last six batters … Delaware only had one RBI opportunity in the opener and didn’t score him … UD managed to get the leadoff hitter on safely just three times in 18 innings … UNCW went 7-for-16 at the plater with two outs in game one.
Notes: Michael Bass tied Magnus Pilegard’s school-record 26-game hitting streak, set in 2001 … Bass also extended his on-base streak to 32 games, dating back to last season … UNCW has now won six of its last eight against Delaware … Kelly Secrest got the final out in game two for his fourth save of the season.