Diamond Hawks take two at Brooks Field; Lady Seahawks earn Sunday split

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UNCW sophomore Nick Monroe faced the minimum 27 batters and allowed a one-out single in the ninth to come up just short of a perfect game as UNCW raced past Liberty 11-0 in the final game of the Buffalo Wild Wings Battle at the Beach on Sunday at Brooks Field.

Nick Monroe made an impressive bid for UNCW's first perfect game since 1968 on Sunday against Liberty.
Nick Monroe made an impressive bid for UNCW’s first perfect game since 1968 on Sunday against Liberty. Photos courtesy UNCW Sports.

The Seahawks picked up their third straight win to improve to 4-3, while the Flames dropped to 3-5 with their second loss of the day. UNCW thumped Ohio 9-1 earlier in the day after the Bobcats edged Liberty 5-4 in the first game of the day.

Monroe (1-0) needed just 92 pitches to toss his first career complete game shutout in just his second career start. The righthander struck out four to record UNCW’s first one-hitter since Bradley Holt one-hit Northeastern in a seven-inning contest in 2008 in Boston.

Liberty’s Becker Senkey broke up the perfect game with a clean single to right center.

Corey Dick led the Seahawks offensively with three hits and three runs batted in, all coming on a first inning round tripper to right off losing pitcher Carson Herndon (0-1). Casey Golden and Teddy Cillis each added two hits as UNCW collected 12 hits in the second game.

In the lid-lifter against Ohio, sophomore Evan Phillips (1-1) rolled through the OU lineup, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just four hits and three walks. Freshman Robbie Thorburn had four hits and knocked in three runs, while Terence Connelly and Drew Farber had three and two hits, respectively. Farber also drove in three runs.

The Seahawks visit Elon on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. start.

Seahawks earn Sunday split

The UNCW softball team defeated Gardner-Webb 12-2 in its first contest Sunday, but fell to host South Carolina by a 2-1 margin in the nightcap as it split its final two games at the Gamecock Invitational at Beckman Field.

Kimmie Stewart hit her first career round tripper on Sunday.
Kimmie Stewart hit her first career round-tripper on Sunday.

The Seahawks raced out to an early 3-0 lead as it used solo home runs from senior Brittany Gamby and junior Jessica Rappe and a squeeze bunt by senior Morgan Ayers to plate a run in each of the first three innings and build the early advantage.

The two teams then traded runs in the fourth to make it a 4-2 ballgame before the Seahawks plated two runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth build a 12-2 cushion and evoke the eight-run rule.

In game two, UNCW took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as it successfully converted a double steal opportunity that brought Gamby home from third for the early 1-0 advantage.

South Carolina leveled the score at 1-all in the top of the second as it pulled off a double steal of its own to score Jordan Bizzell, who opened the inning with a walk, on the play. The Gamecocks broke the tie in the fourth as Ansley Ard singled through the left side to score Bizzell from second to make it a 2-1 ballgame.

The Seahawks moved to 5-6 overall as they completed the three-day event with a 1-3 record. UNCW returns to action Feb. 28 as it opens the UNCW Beach Bash with games against Brown (2 p.m.) and UNCG (4:30 p.m.) at Boseman Field.