Diamond Hawks split Sunday doubleheader with Elon

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Zach Shields had four hits, scored three runs and knocked in three as No. 22 UNCW topped Elon 14-6 in the second game to earn a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) doubleheader split on Sunday at Latham Park. The Phoenix claimed the three-game series with a 9-3 win in game one of the twin bill.

The Seahawks moved to 29-11 overall and 12-3 in the CAA, while Elon stand at 22-20 and 11-7 in the league.

Zach Shields. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Zach Shields. Photo courtesy UNCW sports

Both UNCW and conference-leading College of Charleston clinched conference tournament berths this weekend.

In the opener, Seahawks starter Ryan Foster (4-1) took his first loss of the season after allowing seven runs, just four earned, on seven hits over three innings.

Elon plated four runs in the second to take a 6-3 lead against Foster and the Phoenix added three more unanswered runs later in the ballgame to clinch the series.

Trailing 3-0 in game two, the Seahawks tied the game as Luke Dunlap singled in a run. Terence Connelly also ripped a run-scored triple as UNCW scored the next 11 runs to take a 14-3 lead after seven and one-half innings.

Golden and Dunlap finished with three hits apiece, while Shields smacked his second homer of the season and  lifted his batting average to .354.

Jordan Ramsey (4-1) picked up the win out of the bullpen with two innings of shutout baseball.
The Seahawks host Coastal Carolina at 6 p.m. on April 28, in the only game between the two programs this season.