UNCW exploded for six runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth to break open a one-run game as the Seahawks surged past St. John’s 16-1 on Saturday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks ran their record to 2-0 on the young season, while the Red Storm dipped to 0-2.
Freshman starter Alex Royalty (1-0) held St. John’s to one unearned run on one hit and one walk over his five innings of work. Kevin MaGee (0-1), meanwhile, was saddled with the loss, allowing eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits in 2.1 innings.
Gavin Stupienski knocked in three runs on the strength of a double and triple, while Daniel Stack finished with two hits, slamming his first career homer to highlight the UNCW fourth inning.
Adding a game-high three hits was Robbie Thorburn, who has six hits combined in the first two games of the season. Kennard McDowell also knocked in three runs, including a pair of run with a single in the third.
UNCW sent 10 batters to the plate in the third inning as UNCW built an 8-1 lead. Back-to-back doubles from Stupienski and Nick Feight opened the scoring, which concluded with a two-run single by McDowell.
The Seahawks’ 31 runs through two games are the most since 2006. Jared Gessell made his season debut and struck out the side in the ninth.
UNCW wraps up the Buffalo Wild Wings Battle at the Beach on Sunday with a 2 p.m. start against Richmond (2-0).