Mat Batts struck out six and allowed one run and UNCW used a three-run fourth inning as the Seahawks took the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) series opener from Northeastern 3-1 on Thursday at Friedman Diamond.
Batts (6-3) earned the win with another strong outing as the senior scattered seven hits and hit one batter, while lowering his ERA to 2.30. Kelly Secrest pitched the ninth and earned his sixth saves of the sesaon.
UNCW strung together four straight hits to open the fourth inning and Corey Dick tied the game at one with a RBI single. Ryan LaGrange followed with an RBI base hit and Robbie Thorburn plated the final run of the frame with a ground out.
The Seahawk staff allowed just two leadoff hitters to reach and one two-out hit, while Batts has now allowed just four earned runs in his last 52 innings for a 0.69 ERA.
UNCW improved to 27-24 with their third straight win and 9-8 in the CAA. The series continues on Friday with another 3 p.m. start.
Cape Fear golfers stay consistent at national tournament
Round three of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament proved to be an up and down day for the Cape Fear Community College men’s golf team as the Sea Devils posted a combined 317 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.
After hitting 312 on Wednesday, CFCC continued its consistent play over the last few days as the four top players from each team are included to come up with the total team score. The Sea Devils have five golfers competing at the event.
Tanner Pearson posted an even-par 36 on the back nine to finish with a team low five-over 77, followed by Matt Elliot at 78, and Zack Joines at 79. Jace Durham and Broc Howerton posted an 83 and 86 for day three, respectively.
Pearson was one-under in the final nine holes until bogeying the par-four 17th, while Elliott had four birdies on the front, but bogeyed three in the back and finished with a five on the par-three, 15.
After shooting a 77 on Wednesday, Joines picked up his play to open the match. He was at even-par with back-to-back birdies after the turn, but the sophomore either bogeyed or double-bogeyed five of the last seven holes to finish at plus-seven for the day.
Thursday’s show bumped Cape Fear a spot from 17th to 15th on the team leader board.
The final round of this year’s NJCAA National Tournament concludes Friday in Burlington, Iowa.
CFCC team score: 326-312-317=955
Individual scores (par 72)
Zach Joines- 78-77-79=234 (+18)
Matt Elliott- 81-75-78=234 (+ 18)
Tanner Pearson- 83-77-77=237 (+21)
Jace Durham- 84-83-83= 250 (+34)
Broc Howerton 85-86-86=257 (+41)