WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — Christian MacDonald allowed two run on four hits while Michael Bass and Corey Dick added two hits apiece as UNCW completed a sweep of VCU on Sunday with a 3-2 win at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks improved to 9-6 overall and 9-4 at home with the one-run win. VCU saw its overall mark dip to 9-3 and 2-3 on the road. MacDonald (2-0) held the Rams scoreless until the eighth when Rams broke through for two runs on a two-out double by James Bunn off reliever Kelly Secrest. MacDonald walked two and struck out one. VCU’s Ryan Farrar (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season despite turning in an impressive performance of his own. Farrar allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk. He finished with four strikeouts. No VCU hitter had more than one hit on the afternoon.
Up next: The Seahawks host Elon on Mar. 12 at 5 p.m. and Coastal Carolina on Mar. 13 for a 4 p.m. start. How it happened: With the game scoreless in entering the sixth, Bass led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Abshire. Hunter Ridge reached safely on catcher’s interference and with two outs, Ryan LaGrange and Dick plated runs with RBI singles giving UNCW a 2-0 lead it wouldn’t surrender. On the mound: MacDonald finished off an impressive weekend for the Seahawk starting staff in picking up his second win of the season. He lowered his ERA to 3.47 and kept VCU off balance, recording 12 ground ball outs. UNCW starters posted a 1.48 ERA on the weekend and held VCU to a .232 batting average. With runners on base, UNCW pitchers posted a .205 opponent batting average. Notes: UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf moved to within one of reaching the 700 career-win mark (699-543-1) … Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his on base streak to 19 … Justin Livengood nailed down his first career save, retiring the Rams in order in the ninth … The Seahawks improved to 46-32 all-time against VCU … UNCW is 4-2 in one-run games … Ryan LaGrange hit .636 for the weekend with seven hits, including a home run, he scored twice and knocked in five.
BEND, OR (UNCW) -– A three-under-par round from Thomas Bass and an even-par 18 holes from Dylan Harris moved UNCW into ninth to finish the Bandon Dunes Championship on Sunday. Harris, whose 71 in the final round was a career-low, finished tied for 24th, also a career-best for the sophomore. Colorado claimed the team championship by five strokes over second-place Fresno State. Fresno State’s Troix Tonkham, who began the day tied for second, earned medalist honors with a final round 69 to edge teammate Rufie Fessler, who placed second. The Seahawks host the Seahawk Invitational, Mar. 24-25, at the Country Club of Landfall when they next return to action.
UNCW Results: T24. Dylan Harris (77-72-71=220); T31. Thomas Bass (76-78-68=222); T37. Josh Woodfox (76-71-76=223); T47. Payne McLeod (72-77-76=225); T65. Stefan Brewer (74-79-75=228) Team standings: Colorado (291-286-285=862); Fresno State (301-288-278=867); Washington (310-284-279=873); Oregon (290-294-290=874); UCLA (300-293-289=882); SMU (294-295-293=882); UMKC (291-297-296=884); Utah Valley (304-293-288=885); UNCW (298-298-290=886); Washington State (301-296-290=887); Pacific (305-294-289=888); San Jose State (295-288-306=889); Northern Colorado (308-297-292=897); UC Davis (296-299-303=898); Long Beach State (307-298-293-=898); Gonzaga (306-308-296=910); CSU Northridge (303-301-319=923); Santa Clara (314-319-?=?) Individual Standings: Troix Tonkham (FSU), 70-71-69=210; Rufie Fessler (FSU), 75-69-69=213; Byron Meth (Pac), 72-68-74=214; Jason Burstyn (CU), 72-71-71=214; Chris Williams (UW), 76-70-68=214; David Oraee (CU), 72-73-70=215; Matt Pinizzotto (UCLA), 75-73-67=215; Tyler Salsbury (UW), 75-72-68=215; Jonathan Sanders (UW), 75-71-70=215; Philip Juel-Berg (CU), 73-72-71=216
ORANGE PARK, FL (UNCW) -– Junior Lori Beth Adams fired a career-low 69 on Sunday to earn her third top five finish of the season and lead UNCW in the final round of the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational at the Eagle Landing Golf Club. Adams finished the 54-hole event with a one-over-par total of 217 (75-73-69) to claim fifth place, one shot back of Old Dominion’s Samantha Morrell (72-74-70=216). East Carolina’s F. Gustafsson Spang completed her wire-to-wire run to the individual title with a one-over-par 73 on Sunday to finish with a tournament scorecard of four-under 212 (69-70-73). Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald (69-74-72) and Campbell’s Lisbeth Brooks (76-72-67) finished tied for second at one-under 215 as Brooks set a tournament round with a final round scorecard of five-under 67. Juniors Megan Burnham (81-75-79) and Jeanne Metivier (82-76-77) both earned a share of 58th place with three-day totals of 235 while senior Danielle Lamy (81-80-80) and sophomore Mattie Tobey (76-84-81) ended up tied for 82nd at 241 to complete the Seahawks entry. UNCW combined for a team result of 305 and ended the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational in 12th place with a three-day total of 922 (313-304-305). Second-round leader Campbell cruised to the team title, posting a one-under-par total of 287 to record a 21-stroke victory over the field with tournament result of 870 (293-290-287). Mississippi State took second (300-298-293=891) while East Carolina took third (302-289-306=897) and host James Madison claimed fourth (297-296-310). UNCW returns to action March 22-24 in the LSU Tiger Classic at The University Club in Baton Rouge, La.
DORAL, FL (AP) – Tiger Woods is hitting his stride on his march to the Masters. Woods had full control of his game Sunday and never let anyone get closer than three shots until he had locked up his 17th World Golf Championship title. With a bogey that didn't matter on the final hole, he closed with a 1-under 71 to win the Cadillac Championship. One year ago at Doral, Woods left after the 11th hole with tightness in his left Achilles tendon. He since has won five times in his last 22 tournaments worldwide, and can return to No. 1 in the world with a win in two weeks at Bay Hill. Woods won by two over Steve Stricker, who gave Woods a putting tip on the eve of the tournament. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Matt Kenseth won on his 41st birthday for his new Joe Gibbs Racing team, barely holding off Kasey Kahne for his third victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Kenseth earned his 25th career victory in just his third start in the JGR Toyota after leaving Roush Fenway in the offseason. He took the lead away from Kahne out of a late restart and fended off Kahne's Chevrolet over the final laps, adding another trophy to his Las Vegas victories in 2003 and 2004. Pole sitter Brad Keselowski finished third, with hometown driver Kyle Busch in fourth and Carl Edwards fifth. Kenseth is just the third NASCAR driver to win on his birthday, joining Cale Yarborough – who did it twice – and Busch. (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) – Meena Reid and Clarissa Perkins broke their own school records in the 100 meters and Shot Put to lead UNCW's women's team to a convincing win at the UNCW Seahawks Invitational on Saturday at the Greene Track & Field Complex. The Seahawks posted a sweep of the meet as the men also claimed the meet championship. Reid narrowly broke her own standard in the 100 meters, topping her previous record by 0.01 seconds when she clocked in at 11.70. She added another win in the 200 meters, posting a time of 24.48. For Perkins, her toss of 45-10.5 feet eclipsed her record of 45-3.75 set last weekend at the Battle of the Beaches. She added a win in the Discus with a career-best mark of 148-7. Adding wins for the Seahawks was the 4×100 relay of Valerie Afam, Reid, Maya Baxter and Hailey Blackburn and Marlee Cadwell in the Pole Vault. UNCW's men's team won two relays as the 4×100 relay of David Lindsay, Jeremy Johnson, Jordan Reed and Cam White clocked in at 41.40 and the 4×400 squad of Collins-Hall, Anthony Colon, Alec Faust and Trip Foreman went 3:21.56. Adding individual event wins were Johnson in the 100 meters, Lindsay in the 110 Hurdles, Faust in the 400 Hurdles and Aerial Chatman in the Triple Jump. UNCW next competes in the Shamrock Invitational on Mar. 14-16, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Women's scores: UNCW 316.5, North Dakota 148, Campbell 102, UNCG 46, UNC Pembroke 30, Barton 20, Shaw 8 Men's scores: UNCW 276.5, UNC Pembroke 147, North Dakota 128.5, Campbell 43, UNCG 25, Washington and Lee 18, Methodist 13, Shaw 12, Barton 8