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Big inning baseball sank the Seahawks Wednesday night as East Carolina overcame an early deficit with five runs in the fourth inning to knock off visiting UNCW 8-5 at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Lefthanded reliever Reid Love (3-3) evened his record with the win after allowing one run on two hits over 7.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three. Drew Reynolds retired the final batter of the ninth to earn his fifth save.
East Carolina overcame an early 4-0 deficit in the fourth by sending nine batters to the plate in a five-run outburst that gave them the lead. Dylan Brown highlighted the frame with a two-run double to center off Holden. Reynolds and Yorgen added RBI singles.
Ricky Holden (2-1) took the loss after allowing the fifth and final run of the fourth inning. Ryan Foster made his fifth start and tossed three scoreless innings and left with a 4-0 lead.
Terence Connelly had two hits for UNCW and Ryan LaGrange belted his fourth homer of the season in a three-run first inning.
The Pirates ran their record to 22-15 with the win and also halted a brief three-game losing skid in the series. The Seahawks, meanwhile, extended their losing streak to third and fell to 17-19.
UNCW entertains Towson in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
Seahawks fall to N.C. State in twin bill
The UNCW softball team fell to in-state foe NC State in both games of a collegiate softball doubleheader Wednesday at Dail Stadium.
The Wolfpack (28-11) took the opener from the Seahawks (17-24) by a 5-0 margin before recording a 9-1 victory in the nightcap.
NC State used the long ball in jumping out to a 3-0 lead as a solo home run from junior Renada Davis in the first and back-to-back one-run shots from seniors Chelsea Tate and Scout Anderson in the second gave the Wolfpack an early advantage.
Sara Lippard expanded the NC State margin to 5-0 in the fourth inning when she hit a two-run home run to left field that scored Leah Jones, who opened the frame with a leadoff single.
In game two, a two-run shot to center field by freshman Tyler Ross in the fifth stretched the NC State lead to 6-1 before two-run double by sophomore Hanna Sommer and a run-scoring single by Jones in the sixth plated three runs to push the NC State lead to 9-1 and evoke the eight-run mercy rule.
UNCW entertains Colonial Athletic Association newcomer College of Charleston in a league series that begins Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader. NC State faces Boston College in an ACC series that gets underway Friday in 4 p.m. start.