UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Andy Austin's drew a bases loaded walk off reliever Connor Scarborough in the bottom of the 11th to rally UNCW for a 7-6 win over Gardner-Webb on Sunday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks, who played their third straight extra inning contest, improved to 6-5 while the Bulldogs dropped to 7-3-1 with the road loss. It was the first game between the two schools since 1976.
Gardner-Webb collected 18 hits on the afternoon with J.J. Nazzaro, Ryan Hodge and Scott Johnson each had three hits. Michael Bass led the Seahawks with two hits and two runs scored at the top of the lineup.
Ricky Holden (2-1) picked the win in relief with five strikeouts. Scarborough (1-1) was tagged with the loss out of the bullpen. He walked four in two innings of work.
UNCW turned a school-record tying five double plays, including one in each of the first four innings.
Next Up: The Seahawks visit Charleston for the second time this season when they visit College of Charleston on Mar. 5 for a 3 p.m. start.
How it happened: Freshman Steven Linkous opened the 11th with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but Scarborough's throw to second sailed into center field allowing Linkous to advance to third. An intentional walk to Bass loaded the bases for Austin, who worked a full count before seeing ball four and forcing in the winning run.
Game of Swings: UNCW jumped out to a 4-1 lead after one inning, but Gardner-Webb answered with its own four-run stanza in the sixth against four Seahawk pitchers to take a 6-5 lead. GWU had three two-out RBI hits in the frame. In the ninth, Drew Farber singled home Linkous, who entered as a pinch runner, with the tying run.
Notes: The Seahawks went 2-1 in the Hughes Bros. Challenge with all three games going to extra innings … Bass has no reached safely in all 11 games and has a 13-game streak dating back to last season … He also has a seven-game hitting streak … UNCW is 3-1 in one-run games and 2-2 in games when trailing in the seventh inning … With four runs in the first, UNCW has now outscored its opponents, 17-9, in the opening frame.
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