Diamond Hawks open NCAA Regional with rout over Tulane

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Ryan Foster tossed his first career complete game and Luke Dunlap added three hits and two runs batted in as UNCW topped Tulane 10-1 on Friday in game two of the Baton Rouge Regional at Alex Box Stadium.

The Seahawks improved to 40-16 with their seventh straight win, while the Green Wave dipped to 34-24. The win also gave UNCW a split of the season series between the two teams. Tulane knocked off the Seahawks 8-4 on Mar. 31, in Wilmington.

UNCW picked up a win over Tulane to open the Baton Rouge Regional. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
UNCW picked up a win over Tulane to open the Baton Rouge Regional. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports

Foster (7-1) struck out six and walked one, while allowing a run on eight hits in going the distance. It was the second complete game in a regional for the Seahawks, the other being Jeff Hatcher against North Carolina in 2008.
UNCW plated seven run on seven hits in the fourth inning to take a commanding 9-0 lead. All runs came with two out as five different Seahawks had RBI singles.

Dunlap continued his torrid hitting, raising his average to .306 on the season. He’s hit safely in six of the last seven games and has 16 RBI’s and seven extra base hits during that stretch.

Zach Shields scored three times and Gavin Stupienski knocked in two runs.

The Seahawks will play nationally-seeded LSU on Saturday at 9 p.m. EST. The two programs have met just once with the Tigers knocking the Seahawks out of the NCAA tournament in 2003.