Pinch hitter Wil Leathers singled in Sebastian Gomez from second base in the bottom of the eighth to lift Elon to a 3-2 win over visiting UNCW on Tuesday at Latham Park.
Freshman Robbie Thorburn collected three hits and knocked in two runs to lead the Seahawks. Senior Drew Farber added two hits.
Phoenix reliever Graham Edwards (1-0) earned the win with three innings of shutout baseball, while starter Matt Harris struck out eight and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings
Elon picked up their third straight win over the Seahawks dating back to last season.
UNCW heads to the west coast for an appearances in the USD Tournament. Originally slated to open on Friday, UNCW will now play host San Diego on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Lady Seahawks down Campbell
The UNCW women’s tennis team swept the doubles point and added four singles victories to down state rival Campbell 5-2 in non-conference action Tuesday at the Nisbet Tennis Center.
“It was another hard fought win for our team today,” said Evan Clark, UNCW’s second-year coach. “Campbell was another gritty team that pushed us at several sports. Our team deserves credit for being able to find a way to win.
“We’re excited to get some work in the next few days to prepare for a tough North Florida team this weekend.”
All three UNCW doubles teams won their matches to set the tone early for the Seahawks. The No. 3 team of Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales cruised past Claudia Ortiz and Amelie Reichart, 8-2, to remain unbeaten this spring and then the No. 2 team of Alyssa Ritchie and Angie Sekely trimmed Natasha Afridi and Tamara Stanic, 8-5, to clinch the early point. At No. 1, Olga Blank and Christine Kharkevich edged CU’s Karolina Chernaya and Ana Maria Ortiz, 8-6.
In singles, the Seahawks claimed victories at No. 1, 2, 5 and 6 to even their road record at 2-2 this spring. Kharkevich and Sekely picked up their team-leading sixth singles victories of the season.
The Seahawks won their second straight match to improve to 5-2 on the season, while the Camels fell to 4-4. UNCW entertains North Florida on Saturday, March 1, at 10 a.m.
McLeod, Harrington pace UNCW
Senior Payne McLeod and freshman Preston Harrington tied for 46th to lead UNCW at The Hyat, Collegiate Invitational hosted by North Florida at Sawgrass County Club.
Second-ranked Oklahoma State captured the tournament title and set a tournament record with a three-day total of 845, besting the previous record of 849 set in 1998 by South Carolina and later equaled by Florida in 2001.
UCF’s Greg Eason claimed medalist honors and also set a new tournament record with a 54-hole total of 205.
UNCW finished 15th in the tournament.
UNCW Results: T46. Payne McLeod (75-73-77=225); T46. Preston Harrington (79-72-74=225); T69. Stefan Brewer (79-73-79=231); T69. Ryan Nagy (77-76-78=231); T78 Thomas Lilly (78-79-80=237).