UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Tyler Molinaro's leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th lifted UNCW to a 7-6 win over No. 31 Kent State on Friday at Brooks Field in the season opener for the Seahawks.
The Seahawks (1-0) trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, but rallied with two runs to tie it and force extra innings. KSU (0-2), meanwhile, suffered its second one-run loss of the day after falling to Virginia Tech 10-9 in the season opener for both teams earlier.
In the game-tying rally in the ninth, pinch hitter Matt Keeler knocked in the first run with a ground out and freshman Terence Connelly tied the game with a bases-loaded walk.
Junior Ricky Holden (1-0) was credited the win after pitching the top of the 10th. KSU's Eric Dorsch (0-1) was saddled with the loss.
The Golden Flashes totaled six errors in the game leading to five unearned runs.
KSU starter Taylor Williams surrendered just one hit, two walks and allowed four runs, one earned. Williams held UNCW hitless until the seventh and retired 15 consecutive batters at one point. He finished with five strikeouts.
Freshman Zarley Zalewski led the KSU lineup with four hits while Tommy Monnot added three. Alex Miklos and Jeff Revesz both drove in two runs.
UNCW was limited to three hits on the afternoon.
Saturday's games have been moved up due to anticipated bad weather in the afternoon. Virginia Tech and Kent State will now start at 11 a.m. with the Seahawks and Virginia Tech starting 30 min following the conclusion of game one.
Notes: The win was the first for the Seahawks when trailing after seven innings after going 0-20 last season … Mark Scalf moves to 691-537-1 in 22 seasons … UNCW also improved to 9-13 in season openers during his 22 seasons, it has won its last five straight openers … Luke Dunlap singled in a pinch hitting role in the ninth inning … Corey Dick broke up Williams' bid for a no-hitter … KSU still holds an 8-7 lead in the all-time series … KSU landed its leadoff batter on base in five of the first six innings … Neither team had a two-out hit, combing to go 0-18 in that situation.
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