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WWAY's Thursday night sports - May 23

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We invite you to follow WWAY Sports on Twitter @WWAYSports.

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ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) -- South Creek beat Trask 8-2 in game one of their best of three eastern finals softball series. Game two will be played at South Creek on Friday.

SOUTH CREEK 304 010 0 -- 8

TRASK TITANS 000 110 0 -- 2

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HARRISONBURG, VA (CAA) -- For the second straight day, inclement weather has caused a change in the schedule for the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship.

Game 5 of the championship between second-seeded William & Mary and #6 James Madison will resume at 9 a.m. on Friday. The Tribe is leading 12-3 in the bottom of the third inning. The loser of that game will return at 11 a.m. to face #5 Northeastern in an elimination contest (Game 6).

At 2:30 p.m., #4 Towson meets the W&M/JMU victor in the winners' bracket (Game 7). Top-seeded UNCW faces the winner of Game 6 at 6 p.m. (Game 8).

Game 9 of the championship, which features the loser of Game 7 against the winner of Game 8, is tentatively set for 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

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HARRISONBURG, Virginia – Zach Fisher homered twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs as Towson moved to the winner’s bracket final on Friday with a 13-11 win over top-seeded UNCW at Veterans Memorial Park at the Colonial Athletic Association baseball championships.

The Tigers, who opened the tournament edging Northeastern, 9-8, improved to 27-28 while the Seahawks, who must now fight through the loser’s bracket, dropped to 37-20.

Fisher fueled an offense that belted four homers on the afternoon including round trippers by Peter Bowles and Andrew Parker. The teams combined for six home runs on the afternoon as UNCW’s Tyler Molinaro slammed his 10th and 11th homers of the season.

Kyle Paul (2-4) earned the win in relief while allowing a run on four hits and a pair of walks in one-plus innings of work.

Reliever Jack Lane (2-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs, all on Fisher’s grand slam in the sixth inning.

UNCW collected 18 hits with Michael Bass, Corey Dick and Matt Keeler recording three-hit games. Molinaro knocked in three and Keeler scored three runs.

Hunter Bennett had three hits for the Tigers.

The Seahawks tied their season high with a UNCW tournament record 15 runners left on base.

Up next: The Seahawks will play Friday at 3:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined later Thursday evening.

How it happened: After seeing UNCW take a 7-5 lead with four runs in the fifth, Towson fired back with four runs of its own in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. Mat Batts walked the first two hitters to open the frame and Lane allowed an infield single. Fisher, who had one homer on the season, connected on a grand slam to right for all the scoring.

Inside the numbers: Towson landed its leadoff hitter in each inning from the fifth through eighth innings … The Tigers belted four home runs for the second straight tournament game … Seahawk pitchers allowed Towson hitters to advance runners in 16-of-20 opportunities and scored all six runners from third with less than two out … 4-of-6 walks issued by Batts came around to score.

Notes: UNCW has dropped 3-of-4 games against Towson this season … Six walks by Batts were a career-high … Tyler Molinaro became the fourth Seahawk to hit two homers in a CAA tournament game … He now has three career homers in CAA tournament play … Michael Bass tripled twice to set a UNCW CAA tournament game record and is UNCW’s all-time leader with three triples in tournament action … The Seahawks have won the tournament twice coming through the loser’s bracket (2004, 2006).

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GREENSBORO, NC (WWAY) -- Day two of the ACC baseball tourney is complete.

Day 2 scores:

VIRGINIA TECH BEAT FLORIDA STATE 3-2
NORTH CAROLINA SHUTOUT MIAMI 10-0
VIRGINIA BEAT GEORGIA 8 TO 2

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Urbana, IL (UNCW) –- UNCW senior tennis standouts Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider wrapped up their collegiate careers Thursday with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 loss to Georgia’s Hernus Pieters and Ben Wagland in the doubles portion of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships.

The 30th-ranked Blank and Cooprider became the first duo in UNCW history to compete in the national draw and wound up with a 13-6 record this spring after leading the Seahawks to their fourth NCAA team appearance.

In Thursday’s match, Pieters and Wagland, ranked fifth by the ITA, outlasted Blank and Cooprider in the first set and then cruised in the second stanza to advance at the Khan Tennis Complex at the University of Illinois. Pieters and Wagland pushed their record to 16-9 on the season.

“It’s a tough way to go out, but Kosta and Chris have been great ambassadors for our program over the last four years,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s sixth-year head coach. “Pieters and Wagland are a very good doubles team, so the competition was stiff.

“It was a little emotional for Kosta and Chris in the second set because they knew their collegiate careers were coming to an end. I’m very proud of how they represented our program and the university. They have left a tremendous legacy and will be missed.”
VIRGINA BEAT GEORGIA TECH 8-2

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