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UNCW outslugs Elon, ECU trims UNC; Kevin Keatts names two assistants to hoops staff

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- Drew Farber homered and knocked in four runs as UNCW raced to an early 8-0 lead before holding off long-time rival Elon late for a 10-7 win on Tuesday at Brooks Field.

With the win, UNCW improved to 20-19 and moved above .500 for the first time since beating Liberty on Feb. 23 to go to 4-3. The Phoenix dropped to 25-16 with the road loss and stand at 3-8 away from Latham Park.

Sophomore reliever Jared Gesell (1-0) picked up the win, the first of his career, allowing an unearned run on one hit in 2.2 innings out of the bullpen. Senior Christian MacDonald recorded the four-out save, retiring all four batters he faced. It was his first career save.
Elon starter Mike Krill (1-1) took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.

Joe Bertone scored three runs while Farber scored twice and drew two walks. His three-run homer in the second inning was the first of his season and second of his career against the Phoenix.

Up next: The Seahawks visit NC State for a 6 p.m. start on Wednesday before traveling to Delaware for a key Colonial Athletic Association series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m.

How it happened: UNCW got out to an 8-0 lead after three innings. Farber’s three-run shot in the second capped a four-run frame and the Seahawks took advantage of four walks, a hit batter and three wild pitches to take a commanding 8-0 lead.

Inside the box score: UNCW plated three runs on three wild pitches in the second inning and drew seven walks … The Seahawks were 4-for-8 in RBI opportunities … UNCW was 0-for-7 with two out and 1-for-8 when leading off innings … Seahawk pitchers held Elon to 2-for-8 hitting in RBI chances.

Notes: 8-of-9 hitters in the UNCW starting lineup had a hit with no one posting a multi-hit game … Nick Monroe made it through 4.2 innings but wasn’t able to get the final out to qualify for the win … Casey Golden pushed his on-base streak to a season-long 13 games with a leadoff single in the first … Corey Dick also reached double figures with 10 consecutive games of reaching base safely … Elon’s Casey Jones saw his 26-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-4 … UNCW snapped a modest three-game skid to the Phoenix with the win and earned a split of the home-and-home series.

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GREENVILLE, NC (ECU) -- Ryan Williams picked up his nation leading 10th win, while Zach Houchins went 4-for-4 with a run scored Tuesday night helping East Carolina to a 3-2 non-conference win over North Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Hunter Allen's RBI single to left center in the bottom of the eighth scored pinch runner Ben Fultz from third extending the Pirates (25-17) lead to 3-1. Bryce Harman reached on an infield single to second to start the inning and was immediately lifted for Fultz, who took second on Charlie Yorgen's infield single to short. Garrett Brooks dropped down a sac but to the pitcher that allowed both Fultz and Yorgen to move into scoring position. Allen, who made his first start since the opening game of the Old Dominion series, slashed a single to left center easily scoring Fultz for the game-winning run.

Ryan Williams (10-2) earned the win allowing one run (unearned) o two hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings. He becomes the first 10-game winner since Seth Maness recorded back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2010 and 2011. Lefty Reid Love was solid in his ninth start of the season allowing one run (earned) on seven hits with three walks and one punch out in 4.2 innings of work.

Taylore Cherry (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season surrendering two runs (both earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Trevor Kelley tossed three innings of relief allowing a run (earned) on three hits, while Zach Rice worked two-thirds of an inning in the eighth.

ECU took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning when Drew Reynolds scored on a Cherry wild pitch. Reynolds, who posted his 18th multi-hit game of the year led off with a single to center and took third on the second of Houchins' four hits, a double down the left field line. Reynolds sprinted home on the Cherry miscue with one out in the frame.

Ian Townsend, who recorded five putouts in the game, made a highlight catch in right field in the fourth robbing Korey Dunbar of a possible home run. Townsend jumped waist high over the right field wall corralling the ball to save a run, which proved to be huge in a one-run game.

The Tar Heels (23-18) knotted the game at one-all in the fifth thanks to Landon Lassiter's first home run of the season, which came with one out.

But the Pirates got the run back in the bottom half of the frame thanks to Townsend's RBI double to right center that pushed scored Houchins from second. Houchins roped is second double of the night with one out sending a shot to left center before Townsend drove in his team-leading 29th run.

North Carolina made things interesting in the top of the ninth pushing across a run making it a 3-2 contest. With out in the frame, Zach Daly reached on a Yorgen error at second and Michael Russell followed with a single through the left side. Wood Myers plated Daly with a base hit up the middle before Williams got pinch hitter Joe Dudek to fly out to right center and fanned Skye Bolt to end the contest.

Offensively, the Pirates recorded 11 hits getting four from Houchins (tied career-high) and a pair from Reynolds and Allen. Reynolds extended his current hit streak to 10 games with a single in the first, while Yorgen's moved to a career-best eight games with his base hit in the eighth.

The win over the Tar Heels is the first for the Pirates since April 22, 2009 - five years to the date - when Kevin Brandt tossed 8.1 innings of shutout ball leading ECU a 4-0 victory over the No. 1 team in the land.

ECU will hit the road this weekend for a three-game Conference USA series at Florida Atlantic starting Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -- New UNCW men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts took the first steps in building his staff Tuesday with the addition of Takayo Siddle and Casey Stanley as assistant coaches.

Keatts took over the helm of the Seahawk program earlier this month and has been busy with all facets of the program. Siddle and Stanley will begin their new posts immediately.

“I’m very pleased to have Takayo and Casey join us here at UNCW,” said Keatts, former associate head coach at Louisville. “These two young men are very hard workers and will be key contributors as we build this program. I think everyone in the Wilmington community will enjoy meeting and getting to know them as we move forward.”

Siddle joins the UNCW program after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C. He arrived at GWU in 2010 following one season at Hargrave Military Academy, where Keatts was the head coach for 10 seasons.

In Siddle’s last year at Hargrave, the Tigers had 12 players sign NCAA Division I scholarships, including five in the ACC, SEC, Big East and Big Ten.

“I’ve known Takayo for a long time and his knowledge of the game, work ethic and enthusiasm will be a big plus for us,” Keatts said. “He played for me at Hargrave before attending Gardner-Webb. He’s taken what he learned as a player and become one of the bright young coaches in America.”

A native of Eden, N.C., Siddle played four seasons for the Runnin’ Bulldogs from 2006-10, appearing in 114 games. Siddle played in 21 games during his freshman year when GWU upset Minnesota and East Carolina on the road and took defending national champion North Carolina to the final buzzer.

In 2006-07, Siddle started all 30 games for Gardner-Webb as a sophomore and averaged a career-best 8.6 ppg with 104 assists.

As a junior in 2007-08, Siddle played in 32 games and helped Gardner-Webb stun No. 20 Kentucky at Rupp Arena and advance to the final four of the 2007 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in Madison Square Garden.

Siddle was a prep standout for Coach John Harder at Morehead High School in Eden, where he averaged 27.0 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals.

Siddle then played one season at Hargrave for Keatts before attending Gardner-Webb. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Gardner-Webb in 2009.

Stanley, meanwhile, has accumulated a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience at five different institutions in a short amount of time.

He joins the staff after working last season as video coordinator on Richard Pitino’s staff at Minnesota. The Gophers went 25-13 and captured the NIT title with a 65-63 victory over SMU at Madison Square Garden.

“Casey is a talented young coach who will bring a lot to our program,” said Keatts. “He’s been around many different programs and has gained a variety of experience. He will be a tremendous asset, especially in this important first year.”

Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Stanley served on Pitino’s staff at Florida International. He began the 2012-13 season as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations before being elevated to Assistant Coach. The Panthers posted their first winning season (18-14) in 13 years, racked up their most wins in 15 years, and reached the Sun Belt Conference championship game for the first time.

Stanley also served one season as Video Coordinator at Louisville in 2011-12 and one season as Coordinator of Basketball Operations for Kevin Willard at Seton Hall in 2010-11. At Seton Hall, he was responsible for the program’s day-to-day operations, team travel and video scouting

Stanley attended Iona College and worked two seasons as Director of Operations for Willard during his time there. Stanley earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science at Iona in 2008.

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BUIES CREEK, NC (UNCW) – The UNCW softball team fell in both games of its non-conference doubleheader against long-time rival Campbell Tuesday at Amanda Littlejohn Stadium.

In their final non-conference games of the regular season, Campbell (27-24) posted a 4-2 victory over UNCW (17-29) in nine innings that spoiled the effort of Seahawk junior Casey Rowland, who established a new program mark with 17 strikeouts. The Camels completed the doubleheader sweep with a 3-0 victory in game two.
UP NEXT: UNCW returns to the road this weekend as it travels to Towson for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series that begins with a Noon doubleheader on Saturday. Campbell closes out the regular season May 2-3 with a Big South series at Charleston Southern.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One): The two teams traded runs in the third as UNCW used a Campbell error and a sacrifice fly by senior Brittany Gamby to take a 2-0 lead, only to see the Camels take advantage of a two-run home run from junior Erica Johnson in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at 2-all.
The game would remain tied at 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth, when Johnson struck for her second two-run home run of the game to give the Camels the 4-2 victory.

AT THE PLATE (Game One): Johnson was 2-for-4 with four RBI to pace a Campbell attack that finished with nine base hits. Kerstine Womack went 4-for-4 while three players finished with one hit each.
Freshman Nella Chamblee went 2-for-3 while senior Morgan Ayers and freshman Lauren Moore accounted for UNCW’s other two base hits in the contest. Gamby recorded the lone Seahawk RBI in game one.

IN THE CIRCLE (Game One): Courtney Roberts picked up the win for the Camels as she improved to 9-8 on the season. In a complete-game effort, Roberts allowed two runs (both unearned) on four hits and three walks. She struck out five.
Rowland was the tough-luck loser as established a new program mark with 17 strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work. The Albany, N.Y., product moved to 9-12 on the season as she allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game One): The two teams combined to leave 12 runners on base (UNCW 5; Campbell 7) … Rowland struck out 10 different Camel batters during the contest … The two teams combined to put their leadoff batter on base in four of 18 attempts.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two): Campbell took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a UNCW error and doubled its margin to 2-0 in the third on a leadoff home run from Courtney Klingler.
The Camels added an insurance run in the third as Womack plated Jessica Anderson from second on a two-out single that made it 3-0.
That would be all the support that Katie Baker would need, as the Camels’ hurler had just one batter reach base over the final three innings to give the freshman her fourth shutout of the season.

AT THE PLATE (Game Two): Milly Martinet was 2-for-3 while Klingler and Womack were both 1-for-3 with a RBI for Campbell.
Four players – Moore, Chamblee, senior Casey Shue and freshman Claudia Spinelli - finished with one hit each for the Seahawks.

IN THE CIRCLE (Game Two): Baker scattered four hits over seven innings to record the shutout and improve to 12-9 on the season. Baker did not issue a walk and struck out six in her complete-game effort.
Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss for UNCW in game two to move her record to 7-15. In six innings of work, Jordan surrendered three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. She struck out one.

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (Game Two): The two teams combined to leave 10 runners on base (UNCW 5; Campbell 5) … All four of UNCW’s hits came from the Seahawk’s top four hitters while five of the Camels’ six base knocks were from their top four batters … The two teams combined to put their leadoff runner aboard in just three of 13 attempts … UNCW advanced a runner into scoring postion in three of seven trips to the plate … There was just one stolen base attempt in the contest.

NOTES: Rowland’s strikeout effort in game one shattered the previous program mark for strikeouts in a game of 12, set by both Rowland and former hurler Jess Luckett … UNCW moved to 2-12 this season in road contests … The Seahawks slipped to 1-17 overall when scoring two or fewer runs in a contest … UNCW moved to 2-2 this season in games decided in extra innings … The Seahawks finished the regular season with a non-conference record of 14-20.

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RALEIGH, NC (NC STATE) -- NC State baseball fell 9-0 to Campbell on Tuesday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

The Wolfpack (21-18) fell behind in the third thanks to a five-run inning by the Camels (27-14), jumpstarted by Danny Pardo's three-run homer to right. State never recovered against Campbell's Friday night starter Heath Bowers (7-2), who held the Pack scoreless for eight on five hits. Campbell added single runs in the fourth and sixth, and two more in the eighth to set the final margin at 9-0.

NC State starter Chris Williams (0-1) took the loss on four earned. Williams fanned four in the first two innings before leaving in the third. Ryan Williamson worked the next five frames. Will Gilbert held Campbell scoreless on three hits for the last two.

Garrett Suggs led the Pack with a 2-for-3 performance. Trea Turner, Logan Ratledge, and Jake Fincher each supplied one hit, the remainder of the Wolfpack's offense.

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