Andrew Cain drove in four runs on three hits, including a home run, as UNCW raced out to an early lead and held off NC State for a 9-6 win on Wednesday in college baseball action at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks, who have now won five straight at Brooks Field against NCSU, posted their sixth straight win to improve to 10-7. The Wolfpack dropped to 12-5.
Cain, who finished a double short of hitting for the cycle, helped UNCW extend a 4-0 lead in the second inning with a three-run homer to center off NCSU reliever Nate King. It was his second round tripper of the season and gave UNCW an 8-0 advantage.
The Seahawks would add a run in the third on a squeeze bunt by Mike Rooney and another run in the fourth on a RBI single through a drawn in infield by Robbie Monday.
Senior Bryan Booth (1-1) earned the win after striking out three in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Vance Williams (1-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs in the first inning. Senior Grayson Evans added three hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, a career high. In his last 10 games, Evans is hitting .465 (20-43) with 13 runs scored and 14 driven in. The Wolfpack rallied from an eight-run deficit with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings before a four-run sixth made it a three-run game, 9-6. John Gianis belted a three-run homer to right off senior reliever Seth Frankoff to key the outburst. Dallas Poulk homered later in the inning for the Wolfpack’s final run of the evening.
NCSU threatened in the seventh, loading the bases, but Booth closed out the frame with a ground out and a strike out to leave the bases loaded.
Junior Stephen Harrold posted a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save of the season.
UNCW hosts Rhode Island, Mar. 19-21, when it retakes the field next.
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