Diamond Hawks drop their fourth straight, this time to CCU

Brandon Sans, Staff Writer

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It has not taken long to see UNC Wilmington will be hard-pressed to find success without its offense showing out on a nightly basis. A 4-1 loss to defending national champion Coastal Carolina (5-5) on Wednesday night did nothing to contradict that.

UNCW (3-4) afforded itself many opportunities to break the game open, but never got that clutch hit to score runners. It felt like UNCW stranded a couple runners on the base paths in each inning. In total, UNCW left 15 runners on base.

“One bat after another, we have to be more consistent,” said junior Mason Berne.

A fielding error early in the first inning by Coastal second baseman Wood Myers set up Berne’s RBI double. It was one of the only time the Seahawks could capitalize with runners on base.

UNCW ended the day going 4-for-22 with runners on base and a 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Led by junior Austin Warren, the Seahawk pitching staff allowed zero runs through six innings. Warren pitched 3.2 innings and gave up two hits with four strikeouts in his first start of the year.

“I went out and attacked the zone,” said Warren.

The Seahawks and Chanticleers were tied 1-1 until the latter scored three runs off junior Austin Magestro in the eighth inning. UNCW left three runners on base over its final six outs to give Coastal the win.

After the game Magestro vowed he was “going to be better,” but it will be imperative for all the Seahawks to play up to previous standards of excellence in every situation. Scalf specifically mentioned those run-scoring opportunities.

“We need the same mentality where guys are sticking with the plan, and executing the plan,” said Scalf.

UNCW will look to snap a four-game losing streak this weekend when it faces Florida Gulf Coast in a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday.

Quote of the Night: “My confidence is high. I really don’t worry about who won the national championship. Baseball is baseball.” – junior pitcher Austin Warren

Stat of the Night: While UNCW fared well with two out hits, going 5-for-14, it did not advance a runner to third base with less than two outs at any point in the loss.