UNCW takes series against WCU

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW’s (5-1) bats came alive in the final two games and the wins followed as the Seahawks won two straight after losing the series-opener to WCU (5-3) on Friday afternoon at Brooks Field. 

Game 1: WCU 8, UNCW 2 

Landen Roupp gave up five runs through 4.1 innings pitched Friday afternoon in his first loss of the season. 

WCU finished with 12 hits on the game, including three each from Justice Bigbie and Dylan Nanny. The Catamounts scored 59 runs over the course of their first six games of the season. 

The Hawks on the other hand struggled to find a consistent source of offense Friday afternoon. Kip Brandenburg was the only Seahawk to have two hits in Saturday’s contest. Six other players went hitless on the day. 

Game 2: UNCW 8, WCU 6 

A two-run homer by UNCW’s Brooks Baldwin in the sixth helped jumpstart a three-run inning and gave the Hawks their first lead of the series. 

Adam Smith pitched the final three innings for the Seahawks, giving up two runs and striking out three. 

UNCW’s bats came alive Saturday with Cole Weiss’s three hits leading the way, including a triple by the redshirt senior. 

Game 3: UNCW 10, WCU 6 

Matt Suggs’ three hit game, including a two-run homerun in the third contributed to the electric offense of UNCW Sunday afternoon. 

Freshman Ryan Calvert had a brilliant first outing for the Seahawks, as he finished the game with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work in his collegiate debut. 

WCU tried to rally in the fifth with a grand slam by Daniel Walsh in the fifth inning to bring the Catamounts within 2 runs of the Hawks. 

However, Cole Benton and Hunter Hodges had other ideas, sealing the victory for the Seahawks in the final innings. 

Up Next: UNCW vs Cincinnati 

The Seahawks will host Cincinnati (1-5) March 4-7 for a four-game series at Brooks Field. First pitch of the series is set for 4 p.m. on Thursday.