Seahawks set season highs vs. Quinnipiac

Brian Carpenter

Brian Carpenter, Staff Writer

Offense and pitching were the stars on Friday for UNC Wilmington, as the Seahawks defeated the Quinnipiac 19-0.

Coming off a start against Arizona State in which he went just three innings, Alex Royalty went seven full innings and racked up eight strikeouts in 91 pitches. He got plenty of run support from the Seahawk offense as well, sporting a 5-0 lead after two innings. Royalty did hit a few jams but was able to pitch around those situations and get the outs he needed.

“I really enjoyed being out there for my team since I wasn’t there last week, and we are starting to move the train in the right way,” said Royalty.

For the offense, the Seahawks saw every player in the starting lineup get at least one hit. With the offense seeing a lot of hits against Ohio State earlier this week without the run support to show for it, this was a step in the right direction for UNCW.

“We just didn’t put hits together back to back (against Ohio State),” says Noah Liles. “Tonight, we swung the bat when guys were on base and we scored 19 runs. That says a lot about the offense.”

In the first inning, the Seahawks got off to a quick 3-0 lead thanks to an RBI hits from Ryan Jeffers, Cole Weiss and Doug Angeli. UNCW added two runs in the second inning, a four in the fifth inning, and seven in the seventh inning.

Stat of the Night: UNCW set season highs in both runs and hits as 19 runs came across the plate on 22 hits. This is the first time the Seahawks had 20 or more hits in a game since they had 20 in back-to-back games against Hofstra 2016.

Quote of the Night: “It was a very well-played game on our part in every phase … Excited to see the work some of our players have put in over the last week and a half trying to make some adjustments pay off and have some production.”- UNCW coach Mark Scalf