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UNCW sophomore starter Evan Phillips turned in another strong start for the Seahawks, but Pepperdine was able to take advantage of a two-out rally in the sixth inning to win 2-1 on Tuesday at Eddy D. Field in Malibu, Calif.

Evan Phillips turned in a strong effort for UNCW on Tuesday. Photo Courtesy- UNCW sports
Evan Phillips turned in a strong effort for UNCW on Tuesday. Photos courtesy UNCW Sports.

The Waves used seven different pitchers in the midweek test as Jayson Balades (2-0) picked up the win, while Phillips (1-2) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks. He finished with a season-high four strikeouts.

Six different Seahawks had a hit on the afternoon and Robbie Thorburn plated UNCW’s lone run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Casey Golden, who tripled earlier in the inning. In the bottom of the frame, pinch-hitter Brandon Caruso lined a two-out single to center field with the bases loaded to tie the game and a throwing error to third allowed the second and eventual game-winning run to score.

UNCW was 0-for-5 in RBI opportunities as both teams combined to strand 15 runners on base (UNCW 5, Pep 10).

The Waves ran their record to 9-3 with the non-conference win and their seventh straight at home. The Seahawks saw their mark dip to 5-6 with the road loss.

The Seahawks return to Brooks Field on Friday for the first of a three-game series with VCU. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

No. 47 UNCW men’s tennis tops Georgia State 

The 47th-ranked UNCW men’s tennis team opened its three-game spring break trip with a 5-2 victory over former Colonial Athletic Association rival and No. 73 Georgia State on Tuesday.

Junior Sam Williams posted a 6-1, 7-6 victory over GSU's Jannis Koeke on Tuesday in Atlanta. Photos Courtesy- UNCW sports
Junior Sam Williams posted a 6-1, 7-6 victory over GSU’s Jannis Koeke on Tuesday in Atlanta.

“I feel good about today and winning over a very good Georgia state team,” said UNCW Coach Mait DuBois. “The quality of the doubles point was very high and they competed well in every position. We lost a heartbreaker the last time we were here and we have a lot of respect for this program.

“Sam (Williams) and Rafael (Aita) hung very tough to win the doubles point for us and that momentum carried well into the singles.”

In Tuesday’s match at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center in Piedmont Park, the Seahawks got off to a quick start by winning the doubles point with wins at the top two positions and then tacked on four singles victories.

Rafael Aita, ranked 87th nationally, got things rolling in singles with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Thomas Cook at the top of the lineup, while sophomore Santtu Leskinen extended the lead to 3-0 at No. 4 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory.

The Seahawks improved to 6-4 on the season and will also play South Florida and North Florida on their southern swing. UNCW has played six nationally ranked opponents and defeated three of them this spring.