Andy Austin came off the bench to knock in four runs on three hits as UNCW raced past visiting UNC Asheville 17-5 in a non-conference series opener on Thursday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks halted a brief two-game skid with the win and improved to 19-8 on the season. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, saw their three-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-15.
Austin entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and contributed a RBI single as UNCW sent 12 hitters to the plate in an eight-run frame that turned a 5-3 deficit into an 11-5 lead. He later added an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth.
UNCW’s eight runs in the fifth inning were a season high as they combined five hits, three walks and a Bulldog throwing error to fuel the outburst.
Nick Monroe (2-1) picked up his first win since the opening weekend, lasting five innings and surrendering five runs, but just one earned. Monroe scattered six hits and walked one while striking out six.
Despite collecting just one two-out hit, UNCW went 6-for-9 with a runner on third base and 8-for-22 with runners in scoring position. Monroe held the Bulldogs to 3-of-13 hitting with runners on base.
Corey Randall (1-5), the second of seven Bulldog pitchers to take the mound, was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, over two-plus innings of work.
Zach Canada and Nick Feight added two hits apiece for the Seahawks, who set a season-high with 17 runs scored.
The series continues on Friday with a 6 p.m. start.