Diamond Hawks outlast Coastal Carolina; Seahawk netters top Yale

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Senior Ryan LaGrange knocked in two runs and was one of five Seahawks with two hits as UNCW outlasted Coastal Carolina 7-3 in a four-hour, 15-minute marathon baseball game at Ticketreturn.com Field.

Photo Courtesy- UNCW athletics
Photos courtesy UNCW athletics.

After seeing Coastal tie the game at one in the bottom of the third, the Seahawks put up a three-spot in the fourth, and added three more insurance runs in the top of the ninth to finish out a 13-hit outburst.

Senior Christian MacDonald (1-2) got the win with two innings of one-hit, shutout baseball and three strikeouts. The victory was the seventh for the UNCW bullpen this season. Corey Dick extended his hitting streak to 15 games, while Casey Golden, Dillon Bass and Josh Abshire all had two hits apiece to pace the UNCW lineup.

The Seahawks picked up their first road win of the season and improved to 9-10 heading into the start of a three-game series at home against Big-12 member West Virginia on Friday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Brooks Field.

UNCW tops Yale 5-2 in men’s tennis

No. 55 UNCW bounced back after losing the doubles point by taking five singles matches for a 5-2 victory over visiting Yale in men’s tennis action Wednesday at the UNCW courts.

“We will take a lot of confidence from winning over a very good Yale team,” said UNCW Coach Mait DuBois. “The story of the day was how we responded after losing a very tight doubles point. We won first sets on all six courts and I was pleased with the intensity we brought to the singles.

Sophomore Christiaan van der Burgh won a three-setter over Yale's Zachary Krumholz at No. 6 singles. Photo courtesy- UNCW athletics
Sophomore Christiaan van der Burgh won a three-setter over Yale’s Zachary Krumholz at No. 6 singles. 

“Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira really came out strong and were the first two players off the court. They both have some good stuff going and continue to get better every match.”

After Rafael Aita and Williams routed Tyler Lu and Martin Svenning 8-2, at No. 1 doubles, Yale rebounded with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to claim the early point.

Pereira made quick work of Photos Photiades 6-0, 6-2, at No. 5 singles to even the score at one-all before Mol gave UNCW a 2-1 advantage by beating Svenning, 6-1, 6-3, at the No. 2 position.

Williams then raised the score to 3-1 with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Kyle Dawson at No. 3 singles before sophomore Santtu Leskinen clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 verdict against Daniel Faierman at No. 4 singles.

The Seahawks, who have played seven nationall-ranked opponents this spring, are now 6-1 in home matches this spring.

The Seahawks play their second match in the event on Friday when they take on UCF at 2 p.m.