Power And Speed Lead Seahawks To Wins
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW slammed four home runs in the second game as UNCW clinched a series with an 11-5 win over George Mason on Friday at Brooks Field. The Seahawks also picked up a 9-2 win in the completion of the series opener that was suspended Thursday night.
The Seahawks improved to 35-19 overall with the sweep and 24-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Patriots, meanwhile, dropped to 15-14 in the league and 32-22 on the season.
After George Mason tied the game with four runs in the fifth, keyed by a three-run homer by Zack Helgeson, his 12th of the season, UNCW retook the lead with a two-out RBI single by Drew Farber. The Seahawks would go on to score three in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eight to complete the scoring.
John Williams (4-3) was saddled with the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in two-plus innings of work.
In the completion of the suspended game, UNCW exploded for seven runs, two in the seventh and five in the eighth, to break a 2-all deadlock for a 9-2 win. The Seahawks stole six bases in the final two innings while Andrew Cain belted his eighth homer of the season, a two-run shot to left, in the eighth.
Kelly Secrest (4-2) threw three innings of hitless, shutout baseball for the win. He retired the final nine batters he faced to end the contest.
In the opener, Campbell and Molinaro had three hits apiece and each scored twice. Molinaro and Ridge were two of four Seahawks with two hits. Both tripled in addition to their homers.
Pope and Dick each added two hits as UNCW outhit GMU, a combined 24-16 in the two games.
Reliever Jake Kalish (5-2) was tagged for seven runs, five earned, on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings for the loss in the opener.
The teams will conclude the series and regular seasons on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start.