WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Mat Batts tossed seven shutout innings while striking out nine and Joe Bertone homered twice as UNCW blanked visiting College of Charleston, 5-0, to win the opening game of a Colonial Athletic Association series at Brooks Field on Friday.
The Seahawks evened their mark at 22-22 overall and moved to 7-7 in the league. UNCW is now 4-0 in shutouts this season. The first-place Cougars had their nine-game CAA winning streak halted with the loss and dropped to 31-14 and 10-3.
Batts (5-2) won his fifth consecutive decision while scattering six hits and two walks over his seven innings.
Taylor Clarke (8-3) took the loss for CofC, allowing four runs, three earned, over 4.1 innings. He finished with seven strikeouts while allowing four hits and walking one.
Bertone had three hits on the day including a single to go along with his two round trippers. Ryan LaGrange added two hits for the Seahawks.
Gunnar Heidt and Carl Wise had two hits apiece for the Cougars, who stranded 12 base runners.
Up next: The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start.
How it happened: The Seahawks jumped on Clarke in the first inning for three runs. Steven Linkous opened the inning with an infield hit and scored on Luke Dunlap’s double to right. Bertone followed with a homer to right center to make it 3-0.
Inside the box score: Both teams combined to go 2-for-17 in RBI situations … UNCW pitchers allowed just two hits with runners on base … Both teams also combined to strikeout 21 times on the night.
Notes: Batts lowered his ERA to 2.54 on the season … In conference play, Batts owns a 5-0 record and a 1.38 ERA, he’s holding opponents to a .185 batting average and struck out 51 in 45.2 innings … Casey Golden had his 17-game on base streak halted … UNCW improved to 6-5 all-time against Charleston and 5-1 at Brooks Field.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– The UNCW softball team fell to James Madison in both games of a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader Friday at Boseman Field.
The Dukes (40-13; 13-3 CAA) struck first in a classic pitcher’s duel with two runs in the top of the eighth inning for a 2-0 victory in game one before completing the twinbill sweep with a 5-0 triumph in the nightcap.
UP NEXT: The two teams close out the regular season Saturday with a single game slated for a Noon start. The contest will serve as the program’s senior day, with UNCW honoring the senior class from both program’s prior to the start of the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): In an extra-inning game that saw the two teams combine for just four hits, James Madison plated the only two runs of the game in the top of the eighth.
Freshman Taylor Newton opened the inning with a walk and was advanced to third on a pair of sacrifice bunts before scoring on a wild pitch. Senior pinch hitter Catherine Clavin drew a walk later in the inning and was replaced by freshman starter Mimi Morris, who also scored later in the frame on a wild pitch.
That would be all the support that sophomore Jailyn Ford would need as she retired the Seahawks in order in the bottom of the eighth to post her 20th victory of the season.
AT THE PLATE (Game One): Senior Cassidy Clayton, sophomore Erica Field and freshman Mimi Morris accounted for all three of the Dukes base hits in the contest.
Senior Brittany Gamby recorded the Seahawks only hit of the game as she connected on a one-out single to right field in the bottom of the first.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Ford picked up the win as she improved to 20-6 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Ford allowed just one hit, the single to Gamby in the first, and issued one walk while striking out eight.
Junior Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks to move her record to 10-14 overall. In eight innings of work, Rowland allowed two runs on three hits and four walks. She struck out seven.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave just five runners on base in the contest (JMU 3; UNCW 2) … UNCW failed to put its leadoff batter aboard in eight attempts while JMU was able to put its leadoff hitter on base in three tries … The two teams were a combined 0-for-15 at the plate with two outs and a combined 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position … Ford and Rowland combined to face just seven batters over the limit as Ford faced 26 batters and Rowland took on 29.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): James Madison broke open a scoreless contest in the fourth as it used five hits, highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore Erica Field, to plate four runs and take a 4-0 lead.
Ford increased the Dukes advantage to 5-0 in the top of the seventh as she hit a leadoff home run to center field for her team-leading ninth home run of the season.
AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Senior Caitlin Sandy went 3-for-4 at the plate to highlight a JMU lineup that finished with 10 base hits in the contest .Field was 1-for-4 with two RBI while Ford was 1-for-4 with a solo home run and sophomore Hannah Hayes was 1-for-2 with a run batted in.
Four players – senior Morgan Ayers, junior Jessica Rappe and freshman Lauren Moore and Claudia Spinelli – accounted for the Seahawks four base hits in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Junior Heather Kiefer picked up the win for JMU as she improved to 19-7 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Kiefer scattered four hits and one walk. She did not record a strikeout in the contest.
Jordan took the loss for UNCW to move to 7-17 on the season. In 3.1 innings of work, Jordan allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk. Sophomore Kayla Pine replaced Jordan in the fourth and pitched the final 3.1 innings, surrendering one run on three hits.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 13 runners on base (JMU 10; UNCW 3) … UNCW matched its season high with five errors in the contest … JMU put its leadoff batter on base on four occasions while the Seahawks were able to get their leadoff runner on base on three tries … JMU was 5-of-23 with runners on base while UNCW was just 0-for-4 … Sixteen of UNCW’s 21 outs in the contest were on groundouts.
NOTES: UNCW moved to 13-16 this season at home … The Seahawks slipped to 3-3 this season in extra-inning contests with their game-one setback … UNCW dropped to 2-21 on the season when scoring two or fewer runs in a game … The Seahawks were shutout for just the fifth and sixth time this season … With her seven strikeouts in game one, junior Casey Rowland moved into sole possession of second place on the program’s single-season strikeout chart with 174, surpassing Keri Malcolmson (172 in 1999) during the contest.
HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) -– Junior Cam Walton defended his Long Jump title and while freshman Daniel Cafferey and senior Dn Cherry finished second in the Javelin and Hammer Throws, respectively, to lead UNCW on the opening day of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at University Park in Harrisonburg, Va.
After just six scored events, the UNCW men are in third and the women are fourth. William & Mary, who swept last year’s championships, leads both fields.
Walton used a mark of 23-10.25 feet to win the event. The Seahawks took the top five spots in the event with Nate Chronister and Trey Jones placing second and third, respectively. Walton, Chronister and Jones earned All-CAA honors for their efforts.
Cherry, who finished third in the event in 2013, also garnered All-CAA honors with her second-place finish on a mark of 166-0 feet.
In the men’s Pole Vault, Andy Jung vaulted 14-9 to finish third and earn All-CAA honors.
Advancing to Saturday’s finals with first-place finishes in preliminary events were Meena Reid (100m, 200m) and Brandon McLean (200m).
The meet resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the Decathlon.
Men – Team Rankings – 6 Events Scored
1) William and Mary 67 2) Northeastern 63
3) UNC-Wilmington 56
Women – Team Rankings – 6 Events Scored
1) William and Mary 62 2) Northeastern 51
3) Delaware 49 4) UNC-Wilmington 30.50
5) Towson 21.50 6) James Madison 16
7) Col. of Charleston 4
RALEIGH, NC (NCSU) — NC State baseball looked dominant in an 11-1 romp over Coastal Carolina on Friday at Doak Field at Dail Park, behind a career high five runs from Trea Turner and five RBIs by Andrew Knizner.
The Wolfpack (25-19) pounced on the Chanticleers (22-24) with single runs in the first and third, then ripped the game open with six in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Coastal scored its lone run in the eight on a solo homer to right. The Pack responded with one in the bottom eighth to set the final at 11-1.
NC State batted around for the 14th time this season and sixth in the month of April in the decisive six-run fifth. Turner’s five runs beat his previous career high of four, set against Wagner in 2013 and matched against Elon and Duke this season. Knizner’s five RBIs match the five he drove in against North Carolina A&T on March 5.
Carlos Rodon (4-7) scored the win with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering five hits and two walks. In his last four starts combined, Rodon sports an 0.86 ERA and 12.06 Ks per nine innings. The junior has 42 strikeouts to 10 walks over that stretch. Rodon hits triple digits in strikeouts for the third-straight year, pushing his total for the season to 102.
Logan Ratledge went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI, one of two multi-hit performances for the Wolfpack on the evening. Knizner provided the other, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs and a run. Turner went 1-for-3 with five runs, two walks, and his 16th stolen base of the year.
Chance Shepard and Brett Austin each contributed an RBI and a run. Bubby Riley drove in the Pack’s other run. Garrett Suggs scored once. Jake Fincher went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Turner manufactured the game’s first run by reaching on an error, stealing second, advancing to third and home on a pair of groundouts. Turner made it 2-0 in the third by legging out an infield single, advancing to second on a groundout, then scoring on Knizner’s RBI single up the middle.
The momentum swung permanently in State’s direction with a six-run rally in the fifth. Suggs and Turner started the inning with a pair of singles through the left side. Ratledge was hit by pitch next, allowing Knizner to drive in a pair on his single through the right side. Shepard plated Ratledge on a single up the middle to make it 5-0, then advanced with Knizner into scoring position on a wild pitch. Austin reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop to extend the lead to 6-0. Fincher walked next to reload the bases. Riley’s RBI single to first stretched the lead to 7-0, and the Pack added an eighth run on a double play ball from the next batter.
Turner walked to lead off the sixth inning, and scored from first on Ratledge’s RBI double to left center. Ratledge tagged up on a fly ball to left center to advance to third, and scored on a passed ball during the next at-bat to make it 10-0.
After a Coastal’s solo homer in the eighth, State responded with one more for insurance. Turner walked with one away and held at third on Ratledge’s double down the right field line. Knizner pushed him home on a sac fly to right center.
High School Friday Scoreboard
TRASK 4 – EAST BLADEN 2
WHITEVILLE 6 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 1
BASEBALL PENDER 3 – WEST BLADEN 2
BRAXTON TRETO HIT GAME WINNING RBI IN 9TH INNING
NORTH BRUNSWICK 14 – DIXON 5 ** Click icon to see video
SHELTON PERKINS HIT A GRAND SLAM IN 2ND INNING FOR SCORPIONS
TRASK 5 – EAST BLADEN 3
WEST BLADEN 8 – PENDER 0
NORTH BRUNSWICK 10 – DIXON 2
WHITEVILLE 4 – SOUTH COLUMBUS 2
WOLFPACK EARNS THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE SOFTBALL TITLE
TRASK 1 – EAST BLADEN 0
WEST BLADEN 4 – PENDER 1
ASHLEY 19 – NEW BERN 3
PEYTON LECOMPTE HAD 6 GOALS FOR THE SCREAMING EAGLES
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 11 – PARROT 5
CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 8 – FAYETTEVILLE ACADEMY 1