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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Sophomore righthander Josh Sborz struck out four over six hitless innings and Derek Fisher had two hits and two runs batted in as top-ranked Virginia topped host UNCW, 7-2, on Sunday before a Brooks Field record crowd of 3,826, at the Hughes Bros. Challenge.
The Cavaliers concluded the season-opening weekend with a 2-1 mark while the Seahawks were 1-2.
Sborz (1-0) handcuffed the Seahawks, walking three and hitting one while needing just 82 pitches on the afternoon for the win. UNCW sophomore starter Evan Phillips (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, in 3.2 innings of work.
Dillon Bass broke up UVA’s no-hit bid with a one-out single in the seventh inning off reliever David Rosenberger. Sophomore Joe Bertone broke up the shutout with his first career homer, a two-run shot, in the eighth inning. Matt Thaiss added two hits for the Cavaliers.
How It Happened: UVA jumped on Phillips right away, plating two runs on three hits in the top of the first. Joe McCarthy singled in the first run and Fisher scored him with a two-out single to center later in the frame. UVA added two runs in the fourth on a pair of wild pitches by Phillips.
Inside the Box Score: UNCW advanced runners just three times in 17 opportunities and went 0-for-8 in two-out situations … Three of UVA’s runs came across via wild pitches … The Cavaliers landed their leadoff hitter on base four time and three of those runners would score.
Notes: The attendance for Sunday’s game was a record 3,826, topping the previous mark of 3,608 against North Carolina in 2009 … The Seahawk bullpen allowed its first runs of the season after a pair of shutout efforts in the first two games … Kelly Secrest made his season debut and struck out the side in the eighth inning … Sophomore Nick Monroe retired all three batters he faced in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including two strikeouts.
Up Next: The Seahawks host Liberty and Ohio next weekend in the Buffalo Wild Wings Battle at the Beach, beginning on Friday. Ohio and Liberty will play at noon followed by UNCW and Liberty at 4 p.m.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) –– Freshman Merritt Wilkinson went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead UNCW to a sweep of its games during the second day of the Seahawk Invitational Sunday at Boseman Field.
UNCW opened the day with a 3-1 victory over Liberty before rallying for a 4-3 triumph over UMBC in the nightcap. The Seahawks improved to 4-3 on the young season as they finished the Seahawk Invitational with a 3-1 record.
UNCW returns to action Feb. 21 when it opens South Carolina’s Gamecock Invitational with a 12:30 p.m. contest against Michigan State.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Liberty): Liberty took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when sophomore Holly Seiz opened the frame with a walk and later scored on a two-out wild pitch.
The Seahawks responded with two unearned runs in the bottom of the second, using a sacrifice fly by Wilkinson and a single by sophomore Erin Brown to go in front of the Lady Flames, 2-1.
UNCW added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as freshman Lauren Moore doubled to right center to score senior Brittany Gamby, who opened the inning with a bunt single.
AT THE PLATE (LIBERTY): Gamby, Moore, Brown and freshman Nella Chamblee tallied the Seahawks four base hits in the contest. Brown, Moore and Wilkinson recorded UNCW’s three RBI.
Senior Katie Zavodny and sophomore Katie Han tallied Liberty’s two base hits.
IN THE CIRCLE (LIBERTY): Junior Casey Rowland improved to 2-1 on the season, limiting Liberty to two hits and four walks in seven innings. Rowland finished with two strikeouts.
Senior Alyssa DiMartino took the loss for the Lady Flames, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings of work.
HOW IT HAPPENED (UMBC): Trailing 3-2 with a runner on third and two out in the bottom of the sixth, Wilkinson hit a full-count offering from freshman Kelly Lane over the left-field fence for a two-run home run and a 4-3 lead. Wilkinson’s first collegiate home run scored Shue, who opened the inning with a walk.
A one-out single by freshman Jaclyn Buckley in the top of the seventh put the tying run on the board for UMBC, but freshman pitcher Peyton Jordan retired the next two batters in order to end the threat and give the Seahawks the one-run victory.
Earlier in the contest, UNCW jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on squeeze bunt from sophomore Erin Brown that scored junior Jessica Rappe from third.
UMBC responded with three runs in the top of the third, using a two-run double from junior Taylor Hall and a RBI single from freshman Kaelin Jackson to build a 3-1 cushion.
Wilkinson brought the Seahawks within one in the bottom of the fourth as her two-out triple to right center scored senior Casey Shue and made it a 3-2 contest. UMBC would maintain its one-run edge until Wilkinson’s decisive home run in the bottom of the sixth.
AT THE PLATE (UMBC): Wilkinson was 3-for-3 with three RBI as the Burlington, N.C., product finished just a single shy of the cycle. Three players – Gamby, Shue and Rowland – tallied the Seahawks other three base hits in the contest.
Jackson went 2-for-3 with a RBI and Hall was 1-for-3 with two runs driven in for UMBC.
IN THE CIRCLE (UMBC): Jordan picked up the win for UNCW to improve to 2-2 on the season as she pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless relief. Jordan allowed one hit, a single in the top of the seventh, and did not issue a walk as she struck out two.
Sophomore Kayla Pine got the start for the Seahawks and went 2.2 innings, surrendering three unearned runs on four hits.
Lane took the loss for the Retrievers to fall to 0-1 on the campaign. Lane allowed four earned runs on six hits and two walks. She struck out three.
NOTES: UNCW moved to 6-14 all-time against Liberty as they the Seahawks picked up their second straight victory against the Lady Flames … UMBC and UNCW split their two games during the Seahawk Invitational as UMBC defeated UNCW, 5-3, in action at the Seahawk Invitational on Saturday … UNCW now stands at 14-6 against the Retrievers all time … Rowland has held Liberty to just five hits in her last two appearances against the Lady Flames … Rowland held Liberty to three hits in a 3-1 victory against the Lady Flames in a neutral site contest last March in Durham … Rowland’s effort against the Lady Flames was her second complete game of the season … The Seahawks are now 1-1 this season in one-run contests … Wilkinson is the first UNCW player to record three base hits in a contest this season … Freshman Nella Chamblee failed to reach base for the first time in seven games as she was 0-for-1 with two sacrifice bunts against UMBC.
GREENSBORO, NC (UNCW) -– The UNCW women’s tennis team won for the third time in four outings late Sunday with a convincing 6-1 victory over UNC Greensboro at the Piedmont Indoor Tennis Center.
The Seahawks, 3-1, will travel down the road Monday to take on future CAA rival Elon at 2:30 p.m. UNCG now stands 1-4 early in the spring season.
“What a solid performance from our entire team today,” said Evan Clark, UNCW’s second-year head coach. “I’m really pleased with the way we competed from start to finish. We’re getting better each match and we’re very excited for the opportunity to take on a very good Elon team tomorrow.”
In Sunday’s match, which started at 5:30 p.m., the Seahawks secured the doubles point with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles for a quick 1-0 edge. The No. 2 tandem of Angie Sekely and Alyssa Ritchie got things going with an 8-1 triumph over Jamie Grinberg and Amy Ellis and Kelly Cameron and Miller Hales notched the point by dispatching Stephanie Falcon and Asha Iyengar, 8-4.
Freshman Alix Theodossiou increased the lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 manhandling of Iyengar at No. 6 singles and Ritchie, playing at No. 3, pushed the margin to 3-0 by cruising past UNCG’s Jamie Grinberg, 6-3, 6-2.
Angie Sekely, playing at the top of the lineup, then clinched the match with an easy 6-1, 6-3 triumph against Falcon.
The Seahawks tacked on two more singles victories at No. 2 (Olga Blank) and No. 5 (Christine Kharkevich) to wrap up a successful day.
WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) –– No. 48 UNCW won its second straight men’s tennis match by beating the College of Charleston, 7-0, in a Colonial Athletic Association action Sunday at the UNCW Courts.
The Seahawks evened their record at 3-3 and played the second match in a five-match homestand. UNCW entertains Elon on Friday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. in its next match.
“We knew the College of Charleston had a talented team and we would have to play well to beat them,” said seventh-year UNCW Head Coach Mait DuBois. “I was pleased with how we competed in singles today and maintained our intensity from start to finish. Rafael (Aita) put in a very solid performance and (Zach) Hublitz was very solid and was able to lift his teammates around him with his energy level.
“We were fortunate to get the doubles point today and our No. 3 team stepped up in some big moments to clinch it for us. CofC really had a lot of momentum through the middle of the matches and it really highlighted some areas we need to get better in.”
The Seahawks won the early point with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The top tandem of Rafael Aita and Sam Williams, ranked 49th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, topped Charlie Ghriskey and Brice Allanic, 8-3, and the No. 3 team of Santtu Leskinen and Zach Hublitz clinched the point by edging Rodrigo Encinas and Josh Record, 8-6.
Aita, ranked No. 120, stopped Encinas, 6-4, 6-1, at the top of the lineup to hike the score to 2-0 and Hublitz crushed Alon Faiman, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 6 singles to raise the score to 3-0.
Mol, a senior from The Netherlands, then clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-1, verdict over Ghriskey at No. 3 singles.
WIlMINGTON, NC (CFCC RELEASE) — The Cape Fear Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams swept a Sunday doubleheader in two key Region X games between the Sea Devils and Clinton Junior College.
Osandai Vaughn dropped a game-high 25 points at the Schwartz Center in Downtown Wilmington to bounce back from Saturday’s setback with an 85-73 win, while the Lady Sea Devils earned their third straight victory 67-62 on the road in Rock Hill, S.C.
Kristina Rumplasch recorded a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds to pace the women and Alexis Redd chipped in with 14 points to pace the CFCC scoring. Four different Sea Devils finished in double digits for the men as Demetres Abrams put in 16, followed by Anthony Vanhook with 15 and Demarcus Sanford with 10 points.
The Sea Devils moved into second place with a 4-2 record in league play and now stand at 14-12 overall. The women improved to 16-7 and 6-7 in conference.
Both teams have the next few days off as they gear up for weekend matchups as the Lady Sea Devils host Catawba Valley on Saturday, Feb. 22, while the men head to the Palmetto State on Friday for a date with USC-Salkehatchie.
Wilmington Sea Dawgs beat Big Texas 118-99 in basketball on Sunday at Blizzard Athletics. Zach Herrmann had 14 assists. Josh Humphrey had 28 points. Charles Baker had a game high 29 points.
Wrestlers advancing to states (those that we were informed of)
Russell Harrison, David Bostian, Joey Wieble, Cole Plott, David Bostian, Jonathan Miller and Adan Hardy
Campbell Alspaugh, Joe Gore, Dakota Smith, and Nate Gilbert
Jovani Garcia, Josh Buttrim and Jervon Faison