Big bats lead the way as UNCW Baseball blows past No.7 East Carolina

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW Athletics)–Brooks Baldwin collected four hits and Jacob Shafer tossed five strong innings as UNCW used a season-high 17 hits in a 10-2 win over seventh-ranked East Carolina on Wednesday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks earned their fifth consecutive win to improve to 11-3. ECU, which dipped to 13-3 with the loss, saw its seven-game winning streak halted.

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Every Seahawk starter had a hit in the game and Jac CroomMatt SuggsTrevor MarshDillon Lifrieri and Taber Mongero all finished with two hits apiece. Kip Brandenburg homered in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Shafer (1-0) allowed a pair of runs and four hits in the first inning but settled down to retire 13 of the next 14 Pirate batters to finish the fifth inning. At one point, Shafer retired 11 consecutive batters.

ECU managed just one hit over the final eight innings. Thomas Francisco had a RBI single for the Pirates.

The Seahawks open Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.