Hawks sweep Mountaineers in weekend series

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Zachary Kilby

Landen Roupp during UNCW’s matchup with Appalachian State on Mar. 12, 2021

Zachary Kilby, Sports Editor

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW (10-3) is now undefeated on the season when they score five or more runs after sweeping Appalachian State (6-8) in a three-game series at Brooks Field this past weekend. 

Game 1: UNCW 6, Appalachian State 1 

Landen Roupp notched his first win of the season after pitching seven innings. The CAA Preseason Player of the Year gave up five hits, one run, and struck out eight. 

“I struggled the first three starts,” said Roupp. “I felt like I came out tonight and was commanding my fastball, which is what helped me get through the lineup more. Our defense played really good behind me and we put some at bats together.” 

Matt Suggs and Kip Brandenburg homered for the Seahawks Friday night. Suggs’ three-run bomb came in the bottom of the fourth, while Suggs’ solo shot came in the bottom of the eighth. 

Game 2: UNCW 4, Appalachian State 1 

Luke Gesell pitched seven strong innings en route to his second win of the season. Gesell gave up six hits, one run and struck out five. 

“I thought our pitching and defense was outstanding,” said UNCW Head Coach Randy Hood. “It starts on the mound with Luke Gesell…Breydan Gorham and Bryce Cota came in there and did a great job at the backend of those last two innings.” 

Brooks Baldwin hit his third leadoff homerun of the year and continues to be a vital part of the Hawks’ offense. 

“He [Brooks] got off to a great start for us and has played really well for three and a half weeks,” said Hood. 

Bryce Cota closed things out for UNCW and got his first save of the year. The redshirt junior was perfect through 1.1 innings of work. 

Game 3: UNCW 7, Appalachian State 1 

Coach Hood used seven different pitchers throughout Sunday’s game as the Hawks only surrendered three hits. 

Baldwin had two RBIs and three-hits to lead the Seahawk offense. The Whiteville native is hitting .316 on the season thus far. 

UNCW had 11 hits on Sunday, including two from Baldwin, Brandenburg, Noah Bridges and Taber Mongero. 

Up Next: UNCW vs ECU 

The Seahawks will host rival No. 14 ECU (13-2) for a midweek matchup Mar. 17, which will cap off a 14-game homestand to start the season for the Hawks. The Pirates are coming off a sweep of UNC Charlotte (x-x) and will look to revenge the walk-off loss they experienced last year at Brooks Field after a Suggs homerun won the game for UNCW. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.