UNC Wilmington 7, College of Charleston 2
WILMINGTON, N.C. — UNC Wilmington snapped College of Charleston’s three-game win streak with a 7-2 non-conference victory on Tuesday night.
The Seahawks (21-8) had nine hits and drew eight walks against the Cougars (16-12), who next host UNC Greensboro on Friday.
Ryan West (2-1) suffered his first loss in his first start of the season, going 41/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Drew Farber led UNC Wilmington with two RBIs on two hits, scoring two runs. Hunter Ridge hit a two-run double in the seventh inning to put help put the game away. The Seahawks scored three times in the inning on four walks and two hits.
Ben Boykin went 2 for 3 for the Cougars, driving in one. Gunnar Heidt also had an RBI, his team-leading 27th of the season, while Alex Pastorius scored a run.
The Cougars stranded 11 runners, including six in scoring position.
UNC Wilmington broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Luke Dunlap was hit by a pitch and Corey Dick walked. Another walk from Tyler Molinaro loaded the bases and Farber drove in two runs with a single up the middle to give UNCW a 2-0 lead.
College of Charleston threatened in the top of the sixth with a one-out double from Brandon Murray and single from Boykin. However, College of Charleston couldn’t find another hit and eventually left the bases loaded.
The Seahawks scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning with hits from Farber, Connelly and an RBI double from Dillon Bass to make the score 3-0. After a groundout and a walk, Dunlap dropped in an infield single to score another run and push the Seahawks’ lead to four.
Freshmen Morgan Phillips and Alex Pastorius led off the seventh inning with singles to left field. Gunnar Heidt singled home a run. Boykin then hit a two-out single off the leg of pitcher Justin Livengood that scored Pastorius from second base to cut it to a 4-2 game and give the Cougars momentum.
UNCW jumped right back on the Cougars’ bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning, extending the lead to 7-2 and securing the victory.