Hammherheads win; UNCW baseball season ends; Victories for Topsail, Hoggard & Whiteville

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Submitted: Sun, 05/25/2014 - 2:34am
Updated: Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:48am

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State Playoff Scoreboard (Friday & Saturday)

Girls Soccer
Hoggard 1
Sanderson 0

Girls Soccer
Whiteville 2 in OT
Raleigh Charter 1

Whiteville 3
South Granville 1

CB Aycock 3
West Brunswick 0

Jordan Matthews 6
South Columbus 1

Whiteville 5
Voyager Academy 0
Zach Pait had a two run homer for the Wolfpack
Freshman McKenzie Gore, no-hitter for Whiteville, 10 K’s

Topsail 1 ** Click icon for video
CB Aycock 0
Senior Trent Hansley hit a solo homer in the 6th inning for the Pirates
Hansley struck out 14 batters in his complete game effort on the mound


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WILMINGTON, NC (HAMMERHEADS) — Wilmington Hammerheads FC found their second victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Friday night at Legion Stadium. Forwards Jordan Hamilton and Sammy Ochoa were a dynamic duo on the field, playing a key role in the club’s 5-1 victory.

The Hammerheads were not at a loss for goals on their home turf as seen previously in the season. Hamilton gave the crowd something to cheer about in the first 30 seconds of the match after laying the ball into the back of the net off an assist from Ochoa. Minutes later, Hamilton found Steven Miller for the second goal of the night.

Hamilton returned the favor to Ochoa in 35th minute assisting with a short cross in the penalty area.

Goalkeeper Matt Glaeser made his first regular season appearance on the goal line for the Hammerheads Friday night following the dismissal of Quillan Roberts after obtaining a red card in last weekend’s match versus the Charleston Battery. Despite a quad injury he sustained during the second round matchup versus Chattanooga FC in U.S. Open Cup, Glaeser managed to keep the Riverhounds at bay majority of the match. Riverhounds forward Collins John scored the lone goal of the night for his team in the 62nd minute.

Miller tallied an assist as he brought the ball down into Riverhounds territory, placing the ball at forward Cody Arnoux’s feet on the cross for a goal in the final minute of the match. As stoppage time began to dissipate after the goal, Hammerheads midfielder Will Heaney came in on a quick substitution for Miller. As he took position on the field, teammate Mickael Oliveira played ball to his feet and with his first touch of the night, Heaney hit a shot into the back of the net, his first of the regular season.

The Hammerheads travel to Raleigh, NC on Saturday, May 24 as they take on the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team at North Carolina State University at 6:30 p.m. ET in an exhibition match. Admission is free and open to the public.


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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — UNCW rallied with five runs in the top of the eighth and held off Delaware in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge the Blue Hens, 5-3, and advance to the loser bracket championship game against William & Mary at 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Seahawks improved to 30-26 with the win and Delaware fell to 26-27. UNCW reliever Kelly Secrest nailed down his eighth save by retiring all three batters he faced in the ninth with the bases loaded. Ryan Foster (2-3) earned the win with seven strong innings, allowing a run on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out two.

UD senior starter Connor Hibbs tossed a gem and left with a 1-0 lead. Hibbs stymied the Seahawks over 6.1 shutout innings, allowing four hits, walking for and striking out three.

Luke Alicknavitch (2-3) took the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, in an inning pitched. Andy Austin had three hits for the Seahawks while Drew Farber added two. Corey Dick knocked in two runs. Zach Lopes and Ryan Hartley had two hits apiece for the Blue Hens. Joe Giacchino homered, his second of the season, leading off the UD first inning.

Up next: UNCW plays William & Mary at 7 p.m. on Friday.

How it happened: The Seahawks plated five runs on three hits and took advantage of a two-out error in the eighth. Austin tied the game with a single and Dick plated the eventual winning runs with a two-run single later in the inning.

Inside the box score: UNCW stranded 13 runners on base … Foster did not allow a hit with runners on base and held the Blue Hens to 1-for-8 hitting with two outs … UNCW went 1-for-14 against Hibbs, who also did not allow a two-out hit (0-7) … UD was 1-for-12 in RBI opportunities while UNCW was 3-for-15.

Notes: The Seahawks improved to 6-2 all-time against UD in the CAA tournament … UNCW has knocked the Blue Hens out of the tournament on four occasions.


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) — William & Mary advanced to championship Saturday of the Colonial Athletic Association baseball tournament with a 12-6 win over UNCW on Friday at Brooks Field.

The top-seeded Tribe upped its record to 34-21 while the Seahawks, the third-seed, concluded their season with a 30-27 record. William and Mary will have to beat second-seed College of Charleston twice on Saturday to win the tournament.

Tribe starter Nick Brown (5-1), who went six innings, allowed three runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks for the win.

Derek Lowe held game-high honors with three hits while four other hitters in the WM lineup had two-hit games. Michael Katz had two hits and knocked in three runs. Kevin Nutter doubled twice and scored twice. Terence Connelly led UNCW with three hits. Drew Farber scored twice for the Seahawks. UNCW starter Evan Phillips (2-4) took the loss and didn’t make it out of the second inning. He walked four, hit one and allowed six runs, all in the second inning.

How it happened: The Tribe broke through with six runs in the second inning as UNCW starter Evan Phillips walked four straight to open the inning. He later hit a batter for a run and Nick Thompson followed with a 2-run double and Michael Katz added a 2-run single.

Inside the box score: The Tribe batted around the order in both the second and third innings … W&M went 7-for-16 (.438) with two outs and knocked in seven two-out RBI’s … UNCW landed its leadoff hitter on base safely in each of the last seven innings … Both teams scored three runners from third with less than two out.

Notes: UNCW fell to 5-3 all-time against W&M in the CAA tournament … It was the first meeting in the CAA tournament between the two since 2008 (W&M, 11-8) … The Seahawks finished the season with a 20-14 record at home … In the first game on Friday, Kelly Secrest set a school and conference record for appearances with 114.


GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Derek Fisher had an RBI single in the eighth inning to help Virginia beat North Carolina 3-2 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Brandon Cogswell had three hits for the third-seeded Cavaliers (44-12), who managed just six hits on the night. But relievers Whit Mayberry and Nick Howard kept the Tar Heels off balance.

Mayberry (6-1) earned the win, allowing one earned run in 2 2-3 innings of work.

Wood Myers had four hits and had the two-run homer in the seventh that tied it for the seventh-seeded and reigning champion Tar Heels (33-25), who fell to 0-2 in pool play.

Zach Rice (2-3) took the loss. Both of the runs allowed by starter Benton Moss were unearned through 6 2-3 innings.

The win sent sixth-seeded Maryland to the Sunday’s championship game out of Pool B. UNC plays Maryland on Saturday, while Virginia faces second-seeded Florida State.

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