College report: Locals have big weekends in baseball

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Collin Thacker’s RBI double in the 11th inning delivered Gardner-Webb its second straight walk-off win in a 9-8 thriller over Iona on Sunday afternoon.

The New Hanover High School alum doubled twice in the ball game and went 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in and one run scored. Thacker is hitting .536 through eight games. He’s 15-for-28 at the plate with five extra base hits, one home run and a team-high nine RBI’s.

Sam Foy tags the runner out at second. Photo courtesy- Tim Cowie (Davidson Photos).
Sam Foy tags the runner out at second. Photo courtesy- Tim Cowie (Davidson Photos).

Gardner Webb is off to an 8-0 start, the best in the Division I era of the program, which started with the 2001 season.

No. 8 NC State rallied for a series-clinching win over Wright State following an 8-4 victory on Sunday. The Wolfpack took command with a four-run rally in the third behind Chance Shepard’s (Ashley) third homer in as many days.

Joe O’Donnell (Hoggard) took the win on a career-high seven strikeouts over five innings, allowing two earned on a walk and six hits. Shane Shepard (Ashley) also had an RBI single in the result.

N.C. State entertains UNCW at Doak Field on Wednesday.

Sam Foy went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs on Sunday to lead the Davidson baseball team to a 12-8 victory over Georgetown.

Foy (New Hanover) started out the day with an RBI triple in the first inning, before a single to right field, a sacrifice fly and RBI hit by pitch that completed the day for the Wildcats (4-3). The senior went 5-for-12 over the weekend.

Freshman Trey Croom had eight hits over the weekend for N.C. Wesleyan as the Battling Bishops took two of three from Averett University. Through 14 games, Croom (New Hanover) is fourth on the  team with a .429 batting average. He has five doubles, 10 runs scored and 16 runs batted in.

Bryan Sammons. Photo courtesy- Western Carolina
Bryan Sammons. Photo courtesy- Western Carolina

Junior left handed pitcher Bryan Sammons (Hoggard) was strong in his second start of the season, battling to help the Western Carolina Catamounts secure their first win. The Wilmington native scattered eight hits through 5.2 innings, surrendering six runs, five earned. He struck out two against three walks.

Steven Linkous (North Brunswick) had another strong weekend for the 6-0 UNCW Seahawks. The leadoff man is hitting .444 on the young season, with a team-high 14 runs scored. He has 12 hits in 27 at-bats, one double, two triples and 11 RBI’s. Linkous is the reigning CAA Player of the Week.

Mason Berne (Topsail) also launched his sixth homer run of the season for Spartanburg Methodist. His three-run bomb in gave Spartanburg a 12-2 lead against Patrick Henry Community College. Berne has a .385 average in 39 at-bats, with four doubles and 18 RBI’s.

Freshman Danny Wilson (Topsail) collected five hits for UNC-Asheville in games against Monmouth University and Wofford College. He went 2-for-4 with 3RBI’s and one run on Saturday. Classmate and teammate Jake Madole (Topsail) also had a pair of base hits and two runs scored over the weekend.

Pete Wildeboer (Laney) rounded out the list of local ballplayers with three hits in a double header for Methodist College on Saturday. He had three runs and two walks in a 1-for-3 day in game one, with two hits and three runs batted in during game two.