WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Athletics)–Every starter had at least one hit as UNCW opened an early lead and continued to tack on runs in a 14-10 win over Cincinnati on Thursday at Brooks Field.
The win was UNCW’s 1300th at the NCAA Division I level and ran its record to 6-1 on the young season. The Bearcats, who outhit the Seahawks on the afternoon, fell to 1-6.
Brooks Baldwin and Jac Croom each had two hits for the Seahawks, who jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three innings. Baldwin added his third home run of the season while Matt Suggs and Cole Weiss also homered.
Reliever Breydan Gorham (1-0) pitched the final three innings for the win.
For the Bearcats, Joey Bellini three hits and drove in three runs. Joe Powell finished 2-for-3 with a pair home runs and he knocked in three.
Starter Drake Batcho (0-2) took the loss, allowing eight runs, seven earned, over 3.1 innings.
How it happened: Baldwin opened the game with an infield single and scored one batter later when Croom doubled into the leftfield corner. Croom came around to score on a double by Dillon Lifrieri later in the inning that also plated Kip Brandenburg for a 3-0 lead.
Notes: With his eighth inning single, Brandenburg extended his career-long hitting streak to nine games … The teams combined for six home runs and 25 hits … UNCW starter Jacob Shafer made his collegiate debut and pitched into the fifth inning … UNCW had five 2-out RBI’s and was 5-for-13 with two outs … UC managed one hit with two hits on the afternoon.
Up next: Game two of the four-game series is on Friday with another 4 p.m. start.