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Josh Abshire’s one-out single plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as UNCW ended Indiana State’s 12-game winning streak with a 3-2 win Friday at Brooks Field.
Kelly Secrest (4-1) earned the win with 2.2 innings of shutout baseball and lowered his earned run average to .73. Despite another strong start by Mat Batts, the lefty did not figure into the decision, but the senior finished with eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter.
Ryan LaGrange homered and doubled to lead the UNCW lineup to tie the game at one in the fourth, and his double in the sixth gave the Seahawks a 2-1 lead.
With one out in the ninth, Corey Dick extended his hitting streak to a career-long 12 games with an infield hit. Pinch runner Steven Linkous stole second and advanced to third as the throw bounced short and into the outfield. ISU walked Andy Austin and had two strikes on Abshire before he lined a single up the middle to plate Linkous.
The Seahawks, who ended VCU’s seven-game winning streak last weekend, improved to 8-8 on the season, while the Sycamores fell to 12-2.
UNCW and Indiana State will play a doubleheader Saturday with a 1 p.m. start. Sunday’s game was moved to Saturday due to expected bad weather.
Lady Seahawks entertain Presbyterian in weekend series
The UNCW softball team continues its 18-game homestand this weekend as it hosts Presbyterian in a three-game series at Boseman Field.
The Seahawks are scheduled to play a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday before wrapping up the weekend with a single game Sunday at noon. Live stats and video streaming are available for all three games and can be accessed at www.uncwsports.com
UNCW (12-10) is back in action after taking one of three games during a mid-week series against Youngstown State. Senior Brittany Gamby went 4-for-7 at the plate against the Penguins to increase her team-leading batter average to .426 on the season. Junior Jessica Rappe also had a solid series, recording five hits in nine trips to the plate to move her average above the .300 mark for the season (.311).
Junior Casey Rowland had a strong series in the circle, posting a 0.55 earned run average in 12.2 innings of work.