UNCW wins CAA baseball opener plus 3 home runs for BCC’s Markel Jones


SUPPLY, NC (WWAY) — Former West Brunswick Trojan outfielder Markel Jones hit three home runs on Friday in the first game of a doubleheader against New River CC for Brunswick Community College. Three home runs in a game is a new school record at BCC. Jones and the BCC Dolphins won the first game of the doubleheader 9-4. BCC won game two 12-2.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) —  Daniel Stack had three hits and pitcher Ryan Foster stayed perfect on the season with seven strong innings as UNCW topped visiting Elon, 10-4, in the Seahawks’ Colonial Athletic Association opener on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 14-6 with their fifth straight win while Elon dropped to 9-13 and 1-3 in the CAA.

Stack led UNCW’s offense, one that generated 10 runs on 12 hits and drew six walks. Adding two-hit games for the Seahawks were Zack Canada and Robbie Thorburn. Canada and Gavin Stupienski belted their second and fourth home runs of the season, respectively.

Foster (5-0) earned his fifth win in six starts the season, allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out three while recording 12 outs on ground ball, including a pair of ground ball double plays.

Kyle Jackson doubled twice while Tyler McVicar added two hits for the Phoenix.

Starter Jordan Barrett (0-2) took the loss for Elon, surrendering seven runs on four hits and five walks in just three innings.

Up next: The Seahawks and Phoenix play the middle game of the three-game series on Saturday with first-pitch set for 2 p.m.

Home Runs: UNCW – Stupienski (off Barrett in the first inning, none on, two out), Canada (off Barrett in the second inning, one on, one out)

How it happened: The Seahawks built a 7-2 lead through three complete innings as they plated four runs in the third to break open a 3-2 game. Elon starter Jordan Barrett walked four and hit one as UNCW needed just one hit, a two-run single by Stack, to extend the lead to five.

Inside the box score: UNCW plated five runners from third base with less than two out … Seahawk hitter advanced runners in 13 –of-21 opportunities … Both teams struggled with RISP with UNCW going 2-for-8 and Elon, 4-for-15 …UNCW did not record a single out in the outfield … Lefthanded batters were just 1-for-12 against Foster.

Notes: Nick Feight extended his hitting streak to 14 games, but saw his RBI streak ended at seven consecutive games … Daniel Stack posted his first career three-hit game and now has a career-long eight-game hitting streak … Ryan Foster has allowed just three earned runs over his last four starts covering 30 innings of work (0.90 ERA) … Mark Scalf, already the all-time wins leader in CAA play, picked up his 325 conference victory.

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Junior outfielder Claudia Spinelli hit her first home run of the season, but it was not enough as No. 9 James Madison held off UNCW to earn a pair of victories in a Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader at Boseman Field on Friday evening.

The Dukes, who improved to 24-2 on the season and 2-0 in the CAA, won the series opener by a 2-0 margin before posting a 2-1 triumph in the nightcap. The Seahawks fell to 19-11 on the season after dropping their first two CAA games of the season.

Spinelli was one of three UNCW players to record a hit in the doubleheader as the Dukes held UNCW to just three hits. Sophomore utility player Kelsey Bryan and junior infielder Lauren Moore each collected a base hit in the first game.

Freshman Haley Lenderman took the loss in the opener after allowing two runs on six hits in five innings. She also recorded three strikeouts.

Junior Peyton Jordan gave up two runs on four hits in the nightcap, dropping her record to 10-3 on the season.

How It Happened – Game 1: The Dukes used RBI singles by Morgan Tolle and Taylor Newton in the fifth inning to build a 2-0 lead they did not relinquish. Meanwhile, sophomore Megan Good held the Seahawks to just two hits while recording seven strikeouts in the circle.

How It Happened – Game 2: Senior catcher Erica Field drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning with an infield single to break a 1-1 tie after Spinelli’s solo home run in the fifth evened the score. Senior Jailyn Ford recorded the victory in the circle after allowing one run on one hit with seven strikeouts.

Inside the Box Scores: 34 of the 42 outs recorded in the first game were by groundout or strikeout … James Madison was 15-for-31 in advancement opportunities in the doubleheader … The teams combined to leave 19 runners on base … Junior Merritt Wilkinson was hit by a pitch twice in the nightcap … UNCW was 0-for-9 with runners on base.

#SeahawkStats: The losses snapped the Seahawks’ six-game win streak … James Madison was playing for the first time since Mar. 13 after having a three-game series against East Carolina canceled … The Dukes have won five games in a row … Spinelli’s home run was the fourth of her college career after belting three homers last year … She is the fifth UNCW player to hit a home run this season … Jordan suffered her first loss since Mar. 12 against UNCG … The Seahawks lost for the first time this season when hitting a home run … They are 7-1 in those games.

Up Next for the Seahawks: UNCW and James Madison wrap up the three-game CAA series on Saturday afternoon with a single game at 1 p.m. It will be the Seahawks’ final game of an 11-game homestand.

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