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Matt Batts keeps Rams in check in 9-3 win

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Mat Batts held VCU to one run over eight innings and Ryan LaGrange added three hits, including a home run, and three runs batted in as UNCW topped visiting VCU, 9-3, in college baseball action on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 7-6 with the win while handing the Rams (9-1) their first loss of the season.

Batts (2-0) scattered nine hits and struck out four in a season-long outing. He retired the first two hitters of all eight innings, but all nine hits came with two out. Batts induced 15 ground ball outs on the afternoon.

LaGrange, meanwhile, homered to lead off the third against losing pitcher Heath Dwyer (3-1). He later added a single in the sixth and a two-run single in the eighth. Luke Dunlap added two hits for the Seahawks.

Jordan Weymouth led VCU with three hits while James Bunn and Joey Cujas each added two.

Up Next: The series continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start. Jordan Ramsey (0-2) gets the start for UNCW while VCU counters with Tyler Buckley (1-0).

How It Happened: It was a three-run third and a two-run sixth for the Seahawks that lifted them to the win. LaGrange's homer in the third and a fielding error that led to two runs gave UNCW a 4-1 lead. Leading 4-1 in the sixth, Dunlap doubled to open the inning and with two out Molinaro belted his third homer of the season for a 6-1 advantage.

Notes: The Rams entered the weekend with a team ERA of 1.78, ranking ninth nationally, and allowed eight earned runs in the contest … Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to nine games and his on base streak to 15 … The Seahawks improved to 43-32 all-time against the Rams … For UNCW head coach Mark Scalf, it was career-win number 697 … For Batts, he avenged his shortest outing of his career after lasting just 2.2 innings in Richmond last season … He lowered his ERA to 1.75 … Jack Lane closed out the game with a ground ball double play, it was UNCW's 18th twin-killing of the season.

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