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The Seahawks erupted for seven runs on 10 hits and freshman Peyton Jordan recorded a four-hit shutout in her collegiate debut as UNCW defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 7-0 in collegiate softball action Friday in the Charleston Southern Softball Tournament at Buccaneer Field.

Freshman Peyton Jordan recorded a four-hit shutout in the Seahawks' season opener on Friday,
Freshman Peyton Jordan recorded a four-hit shutout in the Seahawks’ season opener on Friday. Photos courtesy UNCW Sports.

“Today was a complete team win,” said UNCW second-year coach Kristy Norton.  ‘The team had great energy all game and we were able to get some timely hitting. Peyton (Jordan) was great in her collegiate debut. She allowed her defense to work.”

Seniors Morgan Ayers and Casey Shue and junior Jessica Rappe tallied two hits apiece to power a UNCW lineup that finished with four extra-base knocks in the contest. Junior Casey Rowland also went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while freshman Nella Chamblee drew a pair of walks and recorded a run batted in.

In the circle, Jordan scattered four hits and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings in the circle as the Waxhaw product picked up the victory in her collegiate debut.

UNCW’s nightcap against Charleston Southern was postponed after seven innings with the score tied at 1-all due to darkness. The two teams will resume their game in the top of the eighth after the Seahawks finish their contest against future CAA foe Elon, scheduled to start Saturday at 9 a.m.

UNCW women’s tennis  blanks Western Carolina

The UNCW women’s tennis team won its second straight match without losing a point to christen the spring season after blanking Western Carolina 7-0 on Friday at the UNCW courts.

UNCW's Hamilton Lovett defeated Megan McLinden, 6-0, 6-0 on Friday.
UNCW’s Hamilton Lovett defeated Megan McLinden, 6-0, 6-0 on Friday.

The Seahawks improved to 2-0 with the triumph, while the Catamounts dropped to 0-2.

“I’m very pleased with the way we competed and executed after a long layoff from competition,” said second-year coach Evan Clark. “We are excited for what’s ahead and looking forward to playing Furman this weekend.”

Playing for the first time since a 7-0 win over Mercer on Jan. 26, the Seahawks swept all three matches in doubles to claim the early point. Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie breezed past Erin Maguire and Megan McLinden 8-0 at No. 1 doubles to get off the court first and Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich wrapped up the point by trimming Stacia Kissell and Shannon Bettiol 8-5.

In singles, UNCW continue to roll and didn’t surrender a set in taking all five singles pairings.

With the score 2-0 following the default at No. 6 Sekely thumped Kissell 6-2, 6-2 at the top of the lineup to raise the lead to 3-0 and Ritchie dominated Bettiol, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2 to clinch the match.

Clark’s team begins a three-match road trip on Sunday with a noon match at Furman.

College basketball

The Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to five as the Sea Devils picked up a 94-89 win over USC-Salkehatchie at the Schwartz Center on Friday night.

“I’m so proud of our boys tonight, said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo. “They battled and would never give up. We had some great support tonight from the community and look forward to tomorrow’s matchup in South Carolina.”

Four different players scored in double figures for Mantlo’s club as Osandai Vaughn hit for a game-high 19 points. Anthony Vanhook and Aaron Thomas each dropped 16 apiece and Demetres Abrams chipped in with 11 to pace the Sea Devils.

Cape Fear (2-1, 12-10) gets right back on the floor Saturday with a trip to the Palmetto State for a 5 p.m. tip-off against Rock Hill.

Prep basketball

North Brunswick 64   Dixon 56

Terrance Brown dropped 25 points to help North Brunswick avenge an early season loss to the Bulldogs as the Scorpions picked up a 64-56 win at home over Dixon on Friday.

The victory gives the Scorpions a 5-2 record in league play as the Scorps sit one game back from the top spot in the East Central Conference.

Topsail 47   South Brunswick 46

Trask 79   Midway 63

Girls basketball

North Brunswick 57   Dixon 53   (OT)

Down by six with less than a minute to go, North Brunswick came back with a dramatic comeback and pull out a 57-53 win in overtime Friday to snap a three-game skid.

“Tonight was a huge win for us,” said North Brunswick Coach Travis Fortune. “We’ve struggled since one of our top players was lost because of injury, but we haven’t quit and I’m just so proud of the way we’ve carried ourselves and our no quit attitude.”

Unique Hines led the way with 18 points, while Jada Bellamy added 14 and pulled down eight rebounds. Gracan Deal also chipped in with 14 points and Nikayla Ramsey played a strong game on both ends of the floor with seven assists and 11 steals.

Coastal Christian 49   Bethel Christian 28

Seniors Lauren Duncan and Abby Mintz contributed in the final home game of their high school career to lead Coastal Christian past Bethal 49-28 on Friday. Duncan finished with 25 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while Mintz added three points for the Lady Centurions.

Topsail 29   South Brunswick 24

Trask 41   Midway 27