Bobby Boyd and Billy Fleming combined for six hits and four runs batted in to back Sean Carly’s six strong innings as West Virginia topped UNCW 9-3 to even the weekend series on Saturday at Brooks Field.
Carley (4-0) allowed three runs, two earned, on nine hits, he walked three and struck out three, and Ryan Tezak earned his first save with three innings of no-hit baseball.
WVU struck for six runs in the second to break open a 2-0 game. Jordan Ramsey opened the frame hitting three of the first four batters he faced, sandwiched around a strikeout. Taylor Munden drew a bases-loaded walk for the first run and Boyd followed with a two-run single. Fleming would be the last batter Ramsey faced as he doubled in a run.
Both Boyd and Fleming finished 3-for-5 at the plate with Fleming adding a double. Jacob Rice added two hits for WVU.
Robbie Thorburn and Luke Dunlap had two hits apiece for the Seahawks.
The Mountaineers upped their record to 12-7 with the win while the Seahawks dipped under .500 at 10-11. Game three of the series will now be played at 11 a.m. Sunday, due to expected rain in the afternoon.
Lady Seahawks split CAA opener at Drexel
The UNCW softball team opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a split of its road doubleheader against Drexel Saturday at Drexel Field.
The Dragons (8-11) took the first contest with a 5-4 victory before the Seahawks (14-15) rallied for a 3-1 triumph in the nightcap in the first weekend of league play across the conference.
In the late game, UNCW jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as it used a sacrifice fly by Nella Chamblee and a two-out single by senior Casey Shue to gain the early advantage. The Seahawks added an insurance run in the sixth on a double from freshman Claudia Spinelli that plated Casley Rowland and made it a 3-0 contest.
Freshman Peyton Jordan got the win for UNCW as she improved her record to 6-8. Jordan allowed just one run (unearned) on five hits and one walk in seven innings of work. She struck out five.
Trailing by three in game one, the Seahawks got to within one in the sixth off an RBI single by junior Kristen Jernigan and a squeeze play by senior Brittany Gamby to make it a 5-4 contest. UNCW threatened to tie the game later in the inning as it loaded the bases with two outs, but sophomore Tara Konopka retired the next batter she faced to end the inning.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend series Sunday in Philadelphia.