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WILMINGTON,NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks came from behind on Wednesday night to win game one of the Petitt Cup Playoffs 5-4 over the Peninsula Pilots and take a 1-0 series lead.
The Pilots got the offense going in the top of the first inning as Jordan Negrini picked up a two out two RBI double to give the Pilots a quick 2-0 lead. Josh Silver extended the lead for the Pilots in the top of the third inning as he led off with a line drive home run over the left center field fence to make it 3-0.
The Sharks got back into the ballgame in the bottom half of the third as Andrew Amaro reached safely with two outs on a catcher’s interference. Alex Freedman kept the inning alive with his second hit to put two runners on. The Sharks scored their first run of the game on a Cody Dolan single to make it 3-1. The next batter for the Sharks, Zach Stephens drove in Freedman to make it 3-2 in favor of the Pilots.
The Pilots tacked on a run in the top of the fifth inning on a blooper off the bat of Negrini that fell into shallow left field to make it 4-2.
The Sharks were not done as Dolan led off the eighth with an infield single to bring Stephens to the plate as the game tying run. Stephens had a 1-0 count and hit an off speed pitch left up in the zone off the Sharks front office building in dead center field to tie up the game 4-4 with no outs. The Sharks continued the inning as they loaded the bases with two outs for Andrew Amaro who hit a soft ground ball to Negrini at third who couldn’t make the play which allowed a run to score the and give the Sharks a 5-4 lead.
Hunter Smith came into the ninth and picked up his third save of the year for the Sharks. There were four Sharks with two hits in the game and that included Dolan, Freedman, Amaro, and Stephens who drove in three of the Sharks five runs.
The Wilmington Sharks will go on the road on Thursday night for game two of the three game series against the Peninsula Pilots with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Peninsula will host game three on Friday if the Pilots win game two.
CHARLESTON, SC (UNCW) -– Rising senior Lori Beth Adams recorded a 2 up victory over Clariss Guce to advance in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship Wednesday at the Country Club of Charleston.
Adams’ victory moves the Burlington, N.C., product into the round of 32, where she will face University of Arizona junior Kendall Prince, who defeated Casey Danielson in 20 holes during other round of 64 action on Wednesday. Tee time for the match is set for 7:40 a.m. Thursday.
After matching each other through the first four holes, Guce went 2 up midway through the front nine with back-to-back victories on the par-5 5th and par-3 6th.
Adams would gain a hole back with a victory on the par-4 7th and was able to square the match by taking the par-4 10th.
The match would remain all square until the 16th, when Adams lagged her birdie putt to record par and take the hole for her first lead of the day.
The two sides halved the par-3 17th before Guce would concede the par-4 18th to put Adams through to the next round.
Note: Click the video icon to see our video of Lori Beth Adams from Wednesday.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– A season-opening contest at Final Four participant Notre Dame, a three-game tournament in Cancun, Mexico, and six home contests highlight the 2013-14 UNCW women’s basketball non-conference schedule.
After squaring off against one of the toughest non-league slates in program history one year ago, the Seahawks will once again be tested when they face nine teams that finished with 15 or more victories last season, including six clubs that surpassed the 20-win plateau. Eight of the Seahawks’ 13 non-conference opponents qualified for postseason play, with five of the programs (Charlotte, Elon, Iowa, Notre Dame and Tulane) winning at least one game in postseason.
The Seahawks begin preparations for the new season with an exhibition contest against UNC Pembroke (Nov. 4) at Trask Coliseum before opening the regular campaign at Notre Dame (Nov. 9). It will be the first-ever matchup between the Seahawks and Fighting Irish in women’s hoops.
After its season-opening matchup with Notre Dame, UNCW returns home for contests against future Colonial Athletic Association foe Elon (Nov. 13) and Northern Kentucky (Nov. 16). The Seahawks then head to Buies Creek to renew acquaintances with longtime rival Campbell (Nov. 19) and host Tulane (Nov. 22) before traveling to Cancun for the 2013 Cancun Challenge (Nov. 28-30). The Seahawks will play Boston College, Iowa and Southern California in the three-day event.
December gets under way with road contests at Richmond (Dec. 7) and Wake Forest (Dec. 16). A matchup with another 2013 NCAA Tournament entry, Liberty (Dec. 19), kicks off a three-game home stand that will bring the month to a close with games against Florida Atlantic (Dec. 29) and Appalachian State (Dec. 31).
UNCW rings in the New Year with a visit to UNC Charlotte the final non-conference game (Jan. 3) of the schedule.
The 2013-14 CAA schedule will be announced at a later date.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Back in July we told our WWAY viewers about Dongbu selecting Keith Rendleman in the Korea Basketball League Draft. The recent UNCW grad was selected in the second round by Dongbu. UNCW’s all-time leading rebounder is no longer weighing pro basketball options in Europe. He’ll be heading to Korea soon to join the Dongbu team. The Korean Basketball League runs from October through April.
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Post 10 goes into the SE Regionals Baseball Tournament as the state champs from North Carolina. We’ve posted the pairings for the first day of the tournament below:
SE Regionals – American Legion Baseball
Thursday Aug 8th
Bessemer Post 149 (AL) vs Campbellsville Post 82 (KY)
Jacksonville Post 88 (FL) vs Albemarle Post 74 (VA)
Irmo/Chapin Post 193 (SC) vs Wilmington Post 10 (NC)
Rockdale Post 77 (GA) vs Randolph County Post 45 (NC)
All games will be played in Asheboro, NC
WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) -– UNCW and the Wilmington Hammerheads will stage a soccer doubleheader on Aug. 17 when the Seahawks take on Longwood in an exhibition game followed by the regular season finale for the Hammerheads against Antigua.
The UNCW-Longwood match begins at 5 p.m. Kick-off for the Hammerheads and Antigua is set for 7:30 p.m.
“As our season comes to a close we are proud to help launch the beginning of UNCW’s season,” said Matt Saddler, general manager of the Hammerheads. “For anyone who lives in the Wilmington area this will be a unique opportunity to see the best soccer this region has to offer with the Hammerhead and Seahawk teams playing on the same date and at the same location with two games being offered for the price of one.”
The Seahawks open their 13th season under veteran head coach Aidan Heaney when they play the first of two exhibition games for the 2013 season. UNCW qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament one year ago before bowing out in overtime, 4-3, at James Madison.
“Playing a doubleheader before the Hammerhead match at Legion Stadium will be a great opportunity for our players to play in front of the Hammerhead fans and showcase their abilities,” said Heaney. “We are looking forward to getting our preseason underway and hopefully the Hammerheads faithful will support us this fall once their season is completed.”
Heaney returns the core of a last season’s team, including First-Team All-CAA striker Jamie Dell and CAA All-Rookie defender Colin Bonner.
Ticket information If purchased in advance, Adults $8; Students/Youths $4; If purchased at the gate, prices are Adults $12 and Students/Youths $8.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com/products.php?cat=19