Diamond Hawks get walk-off win in series opener

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Andy Austin’s pinch hit single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Seahawks to a 4-3 win over Delaware on Friday at Brooks Field.

UNCW ran their record to 31-12 overall and 13-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Blue Hens had a three-game CAA winning streak halted to drop to 18-18 and 7-9.

UNCW got back in the win column on Friday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
UNCW got back in the win column on Friday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

Jordan Ramsey (5-1) picked up the win in relief, striking out the only batter he faced in the top of the ninth. Starter Nick Monroe fanned a career-high nine and walked just one in a season-long 8.1 innings.

Kennard McDowell collected two hits to pace Seahawks lineup, while Steven Linkous singled, walked twice and scored a pair of runs in the lead-off spot.

With two outs and UNCW trailing in the ninth, pinch hitter Zach Canada drew the Seahawks even at three-all when he tripled off the center field wall to bring in Terence Connelly from second. The Blue Hens turned to closer Luke Alicknavitch and Austin delivered a line drive RBI single on a 1-2 count to seal the comeback victory.

Delaware reliever Taylor Mahoney (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing both ninth-inning runs on two hits and a walk. Starter Adam Davis held the Seahawks in check during his 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, UNCW will wear pink uniform tops for their annual Molly Maid Pink Game. The shirts will be auctioned off during the game with the proceeds benefitting the Pretty in Pink Foundation. First pitch on Sunday will also be at 2 p.m.