WILMINGTON, North Carolina (UNCWSports.com) – Led by four hits from sophomore Dominique Travers and a pair of outstanding pitching efforts, UNCW’s hopes of earning a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament berth remained alive after the Seahawks swept a doubleheader against the College of Charleston at Boseman Field on Friday evening.
The Seahawks, who saw their record move to 18-27 overall and 8-12 in the CAA, rallied to claim a 2-1 victory in eight innings in the opener before blanking the Cougars, 2-0, in the nightcap. College of Charleston stands at 29-24 on the season with an identical 8-12 mark against league foes.
Travers, who went 4-for-6 in the twin bill, fashioned a three-hit effort in the opener before going 1-for-3 with a run scored in the nightcap.
Senior Sarah Davis and junior Haley Lenderman combined to allow just one earned run on 11 hits en route to a pair of complete game efforts. Davis upped her record to 5-7 on the season after scattering six hits over 8.0 innings with six strikeouts. Lenderman, meanwhile, earned her fifth win of the year after giving up five hits with five strikeouts.
Sophomore Yari Felix paced Charleston with three hits, including a 2-for-4 showing in the opener, while three other players added a pair of hits.
How It Happened – Game 1: UNCW overcame a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run by Travers before Langkamp’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated freshman Anna Knox for the game-winning run.
Inside the Box Score – Game 1: UNCW and Charleston combined to hit 3-for-18 in two-out situations … The teams were also 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position … Davis threw 133 pitches in the victory, including 83 strikes, and induced 11 fly ball outs.
How It Happened – Game 2: The Seahawks scored the lone runs of the game in the second inning to claim the 2-0 victory. Sophomore Kaly Winslow hit into a fielder’s choice with no outs and the bases loaded, but the throw to home plate was mishandled to allow Travers and junior Kali Jones to score.
Inside the Box Score – Game 2: The teams were a combined 2-for-26 with runners on base and 0-for-14 in two-out situations … UNCW was 8-of-17 in advancement opportunities and had its leadoff hitter reach base four times … Lenderman induced 13 ground ball outs.
Notes: Davis improved to 5-0 in seven career appearances against Charleston and earned the 35th victory of her college career, which ranks fourth in program history … UNCW has now won eight straight over Charleston … Travers has hit safely in five straight games, hitting .571 (8-for-14) with two home runs and three RBI … UNCW is now 1-1 in extra-inning games this season … Bryan, Davis and Tracy Haynes, who were honored in a pre-game ceremony, have now guided the Seahawks to 101 victories over their four-year careers … The Class of 2018 is the fifth class in program history to tally 100 or more wins.
Up Next: UNCW and Charleston finish the weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a single game at 4 p.m. If the Seahawks defeat the Cougars, they will earn a berth in the CAA Tournament.