Golden strikes again as UNCW rallies past Elon

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ELON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) – Casey Golden‘s home run leading off the ninth inning completed UNCW’s comeback as the Seahawks beat Elon, 6-5, in the opener of a Colonial Athletic Association series on Friday at Latham Park.

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The Seahawks improved to 25-24 overall and remained in first place in the conference with a 13-6 mark. Elon dropped to 22-29 and 11-11. UNCW leads Northeastern by a game in the loss column after the Huskies swept a rain-shortened two-game series at William & Mary on Friday.

Golden was joined by Mason Berne with two hits for the Seahawks, who erased a 5-2 deficit over the final two innings. Nick Feight belted his 12th homer of the season while Ryan Jeffers knocked in two runs with a first-inning double.

Reliever Cory Gantz (2-0) retired six of the seven batters he faced to earn the win. Gantz struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Kory Shumate paced the Phoenix with a pair of home runs and drove in three runs. Adding two-hit games were Ryne Ogren, Kyle Jackson and Hayden Platt.

Elon Reliever Ryan Conroy (4-6) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on four hits and a pair of walks in one-plus innings of work.

Up next: The series continues on Saturday with a 6 p.m. start.

How it happened: In the Seahawk eighth, Feight got things going with a one-out homer to center field. Later in the inning, UNCW was able to tie the game on a pair of wild pitches by Conroy. In the ninth, Golden worked a 2-0 count before launching his go-ahead homer over the wall in left center.

Home Runs: UNCW: Feight (12, off Conroy in the eighth inning, solo, one out), Golden (16, off Conroy in the ninth, leading off); Elon: Shumate (3, off Royalty in the third inning, solo, one out; off Royalty in the fifth inning, one on, none out)

Notes: Golden has now homered in six straight games … He’s also moved into third on UNCW’s career home run list with 35 while Feight now has 34 and sits in fourth … The win was UNCW’s second when trailing after seven innings and its fourth road win of 2017 … Golden and Mims both extended their hitting streaks to six games.