UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Jordan Ramsey struck out seven and allowed two runs, one earned, in a complete game outing as UNCW topped visiting VCU, 7-2, on Saturday at Brooks Field.
With the win, the Seahawks took the weekend series and improved to 8-6 on the season and 8-4 at home. VCU, meanwhile, dropped to 9-2 with its second straight loss and 2-2 on the road.
Ramsey's (1-2) previous career-long was 7 and 2/3 innings last season against Towson and his seven strike strikeouts tied his career-high for the third time overall and second this season.
VCU starter Tyler Buckley (1-1) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits and four walks in 4 and 1/3 innings.
Luke Dunlap and Ryan LaGrange paced the Seahawks with three hits apiece while VCU's Bill Cullen raised his batting average to .429 with a game-high four hits on the game. Drew Farber knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the sixth.
Up next: The series concludes on Sunday with a 2 p.m. start. UNCW will send lefthander Christian MacDonald (1-0, 3.94 ERA) to the mound while VCU counters with a lefty of its own in Ryan Farrar (3-0, 1.66 ERA).
How it happened: UNCW plated single runs in the first, third and fifth innings before a four-run sixth opened up a 7-0 lead. In the sixth, pinch hitter Luis Renvil singled to lead off and stole second. Two batters later, Dunlap doubled to left scoring Renvil. Later in the inning after a walk and single loaded the bases, Farber doubled to left to clear the bases and complete UNCW's scoring.
On the mound: Ramsey, the reigning CAA Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week, scattered nine hits and walked two while allowing just three hits with two outs. With runners on base, VCU went just 2-forf-13 against the righthander who ended second and fourth innings with strikeouts and runners in scoring position. Ramsey has allowed just one earned run in his last 23 and 2/3 innings, fashioning a 0.38 ERA over that span. On the season his ERA stands at 1.91.
Notes: For Dunlap his three hits were a career-high and his fourth career multi-hit game … LaGrange raised his batting average to .357 with his second consecutive three-hit game … Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 10 games and his on base streak to 16 games, dating back to last season … Seahawk pitchers have posted a 2.00 ERA in the series … Head Coach Mark Scalf is now within two wins of reaching 700 for his career (698-543-1) … UNCW has now won its last six series against VCU, dating back to 2006 when VCU took 2-of-3 from the Seahawks in Richmond … UNCW last home series loss to VCU was in 2002.
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