WWAY's Wednesday night sports - April 9; Ashley baseball & softball takes flight
 

COLLEGE BASEBALL
COASTAL CAROLINA 3 - UNC 2 (11)
ECU 7 - NC STATE 0 ** Click icon for video
UNCW 9 - NC CENTRAL 0 ** More information below

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 3 - HARRELLS 1

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
EAST DUPLIN 6 - WALLACE-ROSE HILL 2
WEST BLADEN 15 - UNION 5
JACKSONVILLE 13 - WHITE OAK 2
MIDWAY 10 - EAST BLADEN 0
SOUTH COLUMBUS 9 - SOUTH ROBESON 1
HOGGARD 2 - WEST BRUNSWICK 1 ** Click icon for video
ASHLEY 3 - TOPSAIL 1 ** Click icon for video
EAGLES IMPROVE TO 6-2 IN LEAGUE PLAY
NEXT WEEK'S ASHLEY SPRING BREAK BASEBALL TOURNEY WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, APRIL 15 THRU THURSDAY, APRIL 17

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
EAST BLADEN 9 - MIDWAY 7
WEST BLADEN 14 - UNION 0
SOUTH COLUMBUS 14 - SOUTH ROBESON 0
ASHLEY 10 - TOPSAIL 0 ** Click icon for video
WINNING PITCHER ROBYN KERR, EAGLES IMPROVE TO 8-1 IN MIDEASTERN CONFERENCE

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS LACROSSE
ASHLEY 19 - ROSE 6
PEYTON LECOMPTE HAD 6 GOALS, HEATHER TALTON ADDED 4 FOR THE EAGLES

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DURHAM, NC (UNCW) -– Ryan LaGrange had three hits and knocked in two runs as UNCW tossed its second straight shutout with a 9-0 white-washing of host North Carolina Central on Wednesday at the Durham Athletic Park.

The Seahawks evened their record at 16-16 with the non-conference road win while the Eagles dropped to 14-19-1.

Evan Phillips (2-2) earned the win in relief, striking out five and walking two in two innings of work. Five Seahawk pitchers combined on the shutout and allowed just three hits. Starter Blaze Tart scattered two hits and walked three in four innings, his longest outing of the season.

NCCU starter Eric Kimber (2-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in three innings of work.

UNCW totaled nine extra base hits on the night, including eight doubles, one short of tying the program’s single game record of nine. Joining LaGrange with multi-hit games were Corey Dick and Robbie Thorburn, each with two. Dick knocked in two runs while Thorburn connected on his first collegiate homer, a solo shot in a two-run third.
NCCU managed just three hits on the game with only one coming in the final five innings.

Next up: The Seahawks return to Brooks Field for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series against Hofstra. The series opens with a 6 p.m. start on Friday.

How it happened: The Seahawks score twice in the second, third and fourth innings for a 6-0 lead. Joe Bertone opened the scoring with a two-run double in the second. Luke Dunlap had a sacrifice fly in the third and Thorburn followed with his homer. In the fourth, Dick doubled in two runs.

Inside the box score: UNCW plated four runs with two outs … NCCU put its leadoff hitter on safely in four innings, but was just 1-for-8 in RBI opportunities and 3-for-17 with runners on … UNCW ended three of the first four innings inducing double plays by NCCU hitters.
Notes: UNCW tossed back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2006 when it blanked Maryland-Eastern Shore twice to open the season … The Seahawks are now 5-0 against NC Central all-time … It was the program’s first appearance at the Durham Athletic Park … Seahawk hurlers have allowed just five hits over the last two games … Casey Golden led off the game with a double, extending his hitting streak to six games, his season-high is 10 … Terence Connelly had a double, it was his first extra-base hit of the season.

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GREENSBORO, NC(UNCW) -– The UNCW softball team fell in both games of a non-conference doubleheader against state foe UNCG Wednesday at the UNCG Softball Stadium.
The Spartans (17-21) exploded for 16 hits as they cruised to an 11-3 victory over the Seahawks (17-22) in the opener before rattling off eight unanswered runs in game two to post an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.

UP NEXT: UNCW concludes its seven-game road swing April 16 with a 3 p.m. twinbill at NC State. UNCG opens a Southern Conference series against Western Carolina Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at the UNCG Softball Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): UNCG never trailed in the contest as it took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run from Katelyn Bedwell and a two-out error before doubling their cushion in the second by plating three on a two-run homer from Danielle Vega and a RBI single by Lindsay Thomas.

UNCW got on the board in the top the third as freshman Lauren Moore scored on a wild pitch, but UNCG plated two more runs in the bottom half of the frame to take an 8-1 lead.
A two-run home run from Thomas in the fourth pushed the Spartans lead to 10-1, only to see the Seahawks use a double steal and a wild pitch to push across two runs trim their deficit to 10-3. Vega closed out the scoring in the fifth, hitting a solo to left field to make it an 11-3 ballgame and evoke the eight-run mercy rule.

AT THE PLATE (Game One): Vega was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI while Thomas was 3-for-3 with two RBI to power a UNCG lineup that recorded 16 base hits in the contest, including six for extra bases. Bedwell, Madruga and Hagan Kiser all finished with two hits apiece. Moore and sophomore Darian Roberts were credited with the Seahawks two base hits in the contest.

IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Raeanne Hanks got the start for the Spartans and pitched all five innings to improve to 8-13 on the campaign. Hanks allowed three runs (one unearned) on two hits and three walks. She struck out eight.
Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss for UNCW as she dropped to 7-12 on the season. Jordan pitched two innings and was charged with six runs (five earned) on seven hits.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave just 10 runners on base (UNCW 4; UNCG 6) … UNCG’s top four hitters were a combined 10-for-14 at the plate with eight RBI and seven runs scored … The UNCW pitching staff did not issue a walk in the contest … Both teams committed an error in the contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): UNCW opened the scoring in the nightcap as it used run-scoring singles from seniors Morgan Ayers and Brittany Gamby to take a 2-0 lead.
UNCG took control of the contest in the bottom of the third, plating four runs on four hits, including a solo home run from Madruga and a run-scoring double from Nicole Thomas, to jump in front of the Seahawks, 4-2.
A pair of two-run home runs from Bedwell in the fourth and sixth innings accounted for the final four runs of the game and the 8-2 margin.

AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Bedwell was 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI while Madruga was 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the Spartans attack in game two. Three players accounted for UNCG’s other three hits in the contest.
Ayers and Gamby were both 2-for-3 with a run batted in for the Seahawks. Moore recorded UNCW’s other base hit in the contest.

IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Lacey Leary picked up the win for the Spartans in game two to move her mark to 4-3 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Lacey surrendered two runs on five hits and four walks.
Roberts got the start for UNCW in game two and was credited with four runs on four hits and four walks in 2.2 innings of work to move to 0-1 on the season.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 12 runners on base (UNCW 7; UNCG 5) … The two teams finished the game with eight walks and just three strikeouts … UNCG’s 3-thorugh-6 hitters were a combined 5-for-12 with six RBI.

NOTES: UNCW moved to 2-8 in true road contests this season … The Seahawks slipped to 0-10 this season when allowing six or more runs in a contest … Senior Brittany Gamby posted her eighth multiple-hit game of the season with her two-hit effort in game two … Senior Morgan Ayers had her fifth multiple-hit game of the season with a two-hit performance in the nightcap … Freshman Lauren Moore has recorded a hit in three of the last four contests.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (NCHSAA) -— Gaye Davis of West Bladen High School is the fourth annual recipient of the North Carolina Spirit of Sport Award presented by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The NCHSAA is participating in the “Spirit of Sport Award” program sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations. It was established to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represents the core mission of education-based athletics.

The award is given in recognition of a specific act or an activity of longer duration. Nominees can be a coach, athletic administrator, trainer, student-athlete or any others associated with the school’s athletic program.

Davis will be recognized at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting on May 1 at the Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
She has been a coach at West Bladen for the past eight years, having coached women’s soccer, women’s basketball and volleyball.

A little more than two years ago, Davis stepped into the role as head volleyball coach, although she indicated she knew little about the sport. She used her own time to learn about it, including attending area club matches and college matches, and her efforts have paid off with a pair of conference championships.

In addition, she has urged her players to be their best both on and off the courts. During previous seasons, she has been involved with her athletes to host “Pink Nights” for games that support breast cancer research. This year, however, Davis and her West Bladen shifted their philanthropy to help one close to home.

The team, led by its coach, raised over $3,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill, which was the home for Robby and Dana Mills for several weeks in early 2013. Mrs. Mills, an agricultural teacher at West Bladen, and her husband had a son named Jude who was born and diagnosed with a chromosomal disorder and received treatment in Chapel Hill before his death on August 23, 2013.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for family members to stay while their children are undergoing treatment for serious health issues.

Coach Davis spent many hours to ensure that “Red Night” for this cause was a success at her school.

Davis Whitfield, NCHSAA commissioner, said, "The actions of Coach Davis speak volumes to the kind of person she is and the values that we believe are embodied by the spirit of sport. This is a great choice for the award.”

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– After posting her first collegiate victory over the weekend, UNCW senior Lori Beth Adams continued to add to her trophy case on Wednesday as she was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Co-Women’s Golfer-of-the-Week.

Sharing the award with James Madison’s Shabril Brewer, Adams was recognized by the league for the second time this season as she was also honored on March 7.

“I am very excited for Lori Beth,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “She played extremely well and was consistent for all three days. With no live scoring and not being in the final wave with the leaders, she did a great job playing her own game, making good decisions on a tough scoring day with the wind and cold and managed to keep really calm and patient throughout the round.

“Lori Beth got the monkey off her back with her first career collegiate win and I know that is a big relief for her. She has worked very hard for the last two years on her game and had put a lot of pressure on herself to win with so many close finishes. I am just ecstatic that she could do it in her final regular season college event. This will give her a tremendous amount of confidence heading into the conference championship next week.”

A native of Burlington, N.C., Adams recorded the first individual win of her collegiate career with a four-shot victory at the UNCW Seahawk Classic last weekend at the River Landing Golf Course in Wallace. Adams posted a one-over-par total of 217 (74-71-72) during the 54-hole tournament as she shot her fifth and sixth rounds of par or better this season during the event. The win also represented her first top-5 finish of the season and the eighth of her standout career.

UNCW returns to action April 18-20 in the 2014 CAA Women’s Golf Championships at the St. James Plantation in nearby Southport.

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