Freshman Casey Golden collected three hits and three runs batted in, while Kelly Secrest retired all seven batters he faced as UNCW topped Ohio 6-3 to earn a split in the twin bill at Brooks Field Saturday after Liberty dealt the Seahawks a 14-6 setback earlier in the day.
Golden scored twice and swiped two bases in addition to his three hits at the plate in his first career start. Red shirt freshman Gavin Stupienski scored twice and added an RBI triple for UNCW, who improved to 2-3 with the win.
Tied at three in the top of the seventh, Secrest left the bases loaded for Ohio with a ground ball to second base to end the threat. Golden singled and stole second where with two outs in the bottom of the frame and the freshman came around to score the eventual game-winning run on a fielding error at third base.
Liberty scored four in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead against UNCW starter Mat Batts and later added six in the ninth to close out the win.
Ohio dipped to 1-3 and Liberty moved back to .500 at 3-3, also picking up an 8-5 win over Ohio in the first game of the day.
Ohio and Liberty open Sunday’s schedule with a 10 a.m. start, followed by UNCW and OU, 40 minutes after game one. UNCW and Liberty will close out the schedule following the middle game to finish up two weekend doubleheaders for the Seahawks.
Hoyas top Seahawks
Junior Megan Hyson went 2-for-3 with three RBI at the plate and scattered three hits in seven innings in the circle to lead Georgetown to a 7-2 victory over UNCW in the Gamecock Invitational Saturday at Beckman Field.
Hyson paced a Georgetown lineup that finished with seven base hits in the contest as senior Elyse Graziano went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while three players finished with one hit each.
In the circle, Hyson evened her season mark at 2-2 as she surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks.
Senior Casey Shue, junior Kristen Jernigan and sophomore Erin Brown accounted for the Seahawks’ three hits in the contest.
UNCW wraps up its appearance in the Gamecock Invitational Sunday with games against Gardner -Webb (3 p.m.) and host South Carolina (5 p.m.)
UNCW netters down No. 63 ETSU
No. 54 UNCW improved to 3-0 on its five-match homestand with a 6-1 victory over No. 63 East Tennessee State on Saturday.
“Today was a very tough win against a very good ETSU team,” said seventh-year Coach Mait DuBois. “It was our best team performance as far as every person bringing their energy for the team.
“We have a lot of respect for ETSU and they made us earn every point. I was pleased with the kind of character our team displayed and their ability to play our best when we needed to. Anytime you beat a top-75 team, it’s a confidence builder and we will take a lot from this win.”
The Seahawks won at No. and No. 3 doubles to win the early point as the top tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, ranked 49th nationally, beat Diego Nunez and Ismael Merino 8-2.
In singles, Williams beat Nunez 6-4, 6-4, at No. 2 singles to increase UNCW’s lead to 2-0 and
Aita, a senior from Lima, Peru, then outlasted David Biosca 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, at the top of the lineup for a 3-1 advantage before Pereria, a junior from Santos, Brazil, clinched the match with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, verdict over Merino.
“I was impressed with how well we played in the big moments,” said DuBois. “There were a lot of highlights, but watching our guys play a very disciplined, professional game style when the match was on the line was a big one.”
The Sehawks (4-3) won their third straight match and entertain No. 46 Elon on Monday at 1 p.m.