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WWAY's Wednesday night sports - March 19

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Wednesday Night High School Scoreboard

Boys Lacrosse
Northside 16
Topsail 6

Hoggard 11
New Hanover 7 ** Click icon to see video

Girls Lacrosse

Hoggard 14
New Hanover 4 ** Click icon to see video

Softball
West Brunswick 26
New Hanover 0

Topsail 6
North Brunswick 5

Whiteville 8
Red Springs 0

Girls Tennis
Hoggard 9
South Brunswick 0

Baseball
Whiteville 12
Red Springs 2

Girls Soccer
East Columbus 4
South Columbus 1

Whiteville 9
Red Springs 0

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (UNCW) -– Ryan LaGrange knocked in two runs and was one of five Seahawks with two hits as UNCW outlasted Coastal Carolina, 7-3, in a four-hour, 15 minute marathon baseball game at Ticketreturn.com Field.

The Seahawks picked up their first road win of the season and improved to 9-10. It was UNCW’s first win at Coastal Carolina since 2008. CCU, meanwhile, dropped to 9-11 on the season. Joining LaGrange with two hits were Casey Golden, Corey Dick, Dillon Bass and Josh Abshire. UNCW outhit the Chanticleers, 13-9. Senior Christian MacDonald (1-2) picked up the win with two innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. He finished with three strikeouts. Freshman Cory Gantz made his first collegiate start and allowed one run over four innings.
CCU starter Cole Schaefer (3-2) took the loss for the second straight game. He allowed four runs on seven hits before leaving after 3.2 innings. Tyler Chadwick, Connor Owings and Colin Hering each had two hits for Coastal.

How it happened: After seeing Coastal tie the game with a run in the bottom of the third, Luke Dunlap opened the fourth with a walk and moved around to third when Bass singled to shortstop and throw from shortstop sailed into the dugout. Terence Connelly singled in both runners to give the Seahawks the lead and Golden plated the final run with a squeeze bunt.

Inside the box score: UNCW landed its leadoff hitter on base safely for the first time this season … The Seahawks stranded a season-high 15 runners on base … UNCW was 3-for-11 with two out, but struggled with runners in scoring position, going 5-for-20 … Seahawk pitchers held CCU to 2-of-9 hitting in RBI situations … The teams combined for 13 pitchers used on the night.

Notes: UNCW’s only other win away from Brooks Field was a 5-3 win over Baylor in San Diego … Jordan Ramsey made his first appearance since that Baylor game (Mar. 2) … Wednesday’s game was the 87th edition of the long-time series … The victory was the seventh for the UNCW bullpen this season … UNCW improved to 2-1 all-time at Pelican Park with the other win coming against Notre Dame in 2007 (2/23/07, W 9-5) … Corey Dick extended his career-long hitting streak to 15 games … Kelly Secrest has stranded all nine base runners he’s inherited this season … UNCW drew a season-high eight walks.

Up next: The Seahawks host West Virginia on Friday at 4 p.m. in the first of a three-game series with the Mountaineers.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– No. 55 UNCW bounced back after losing the doubles point by taking five singles matches for a 5-2 victory over visiting Yale in men’s tennis Wednesday at the UNCW courts.
In the opening match of the Battle at the Beach round-robin event that features UNCW, Yale, UCF and Binghamton, the Seahawks snapped Yale’s six-match winning streak to improve to 7-6 on the season. The Bulldogs now stand 7-3.
“We will take a lot of confidence from winning over a very good Yale team,” said UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “The story of the day was how we responded after losing a very tight doubles point. We won first sets on all six courts and I was pleased with the intensity we brought to the singles.

“Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira really came out strong and were the first two players off the court. They both have some good stuff going and continue to get better every match.”
After Rafael Aita and Sam Williams routed Tyler Lu and Martin Svenning, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles, Yale rebounded with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to claim the early point.

Pereira made quick work of Photos Photiades, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5 singles to even the score at 1-all before Mol gave UNCW a 2-1 advantage by beating Svenning, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.

Williams then raised the score to 3-1 with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Kyle Dawson at No. 3 singles before sophomore Santtu Leskinen clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 verdict against Daniel Faierman at No. 4 singles.

The Seahawks, who have played seven nationally-ranked opponents this spring, are now 6-1 in home matches this spring.

The Seahawks play their second match in the event on Friday when they take on UCF at 2 p.m. Yale, meanwhile, battles Binghamton earlier in the day at 10 a.m.

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Pre-Season Soccer

Coastal Carolina 2
Wilmington Hammerheads 1

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Where will everyone park? After all, thousands will be doing it at Eagle Point the first week of May in 2017. "I don't think we're going to have a traffic problem, like you may think, during the tournament," Eagle Point Golf Club President Bobby Long said. "I believe you're going to have a traffic problem after the tournament because of all the people that want to come to Wilmington." Bobby Long will be the first to admit the logistic challenge of the Wells Fargo Championship coming to the Port City is a work in progress, but there's already a plan in place. "we have satellite parking locations picked out, but nothing has been secured yet. We're trying to make sure that we have enough to choose from that if we don't get some of them it'll be ok. We tried to work on the routing and bussing and that kind of stuff, without being disruptive to local residents too."

Even though it's only for one year, the PGA Tour coming to Eagle Point will have a huge economic impact on New Hanover County and the surrounding area. In the millions, no doubt. Most of the top players on tour, are expected to play. Kym Hougham is the executive director of the tournament. "We've seen it before where tournaments have moved from one a host course to a location that hasn't had a tournament in awhile, and they just blow the doors open."

New Hanover County sheriff Ed McMahon has yet to meet with the club about security, but that will certainly change down the road. "We have plenty of time to prepare for it." McMahon said. "I'm looking forward to it. I think we can pull it off without a hitch."

Most of the grass at at the Eagle Point Golf Club is currently doormant. In some spots there's more brown than green, but in 2017 bright green is likely all you'll see according to Long. "We will probably not overseed the fairways, but we'll overseed the rough and it'll be absolutely sensational on tv."

Eagle Point is a private club. The club's doors are not open to the public often, but they'll be in open for a week in early May of 2017.

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