WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Tyler Molinaro had four hits, including a home run, and Michael Bass added three hits, including his career-high fourth round tripper, to lead UNCW past Coastal Carolina, 13-7, on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
With their fifth win-in-a-row, the Seahawks improved to 11-6 and 11-4 at home. CCU, meanwhile, dropped its second straight outing and fell to 7-10.
Joining Molinaro and Bass with three or more hits was Ryan LaGrange, who added three hits and pushed his season average to .410. Hunter Ridge added two RBI doubles for the Seahawks.
Will Remillard banged out three hits for the Chanticleers, including his first homer of the season. He scored three runs and knocked in two.
Ricky Holden (3-1) earned the win with four innings of relief work. CCU starter Patrick Corbett (0-2) took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned, in 3 and 2/3 innings.
Next up: The Seahawks open Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend at James Madison. The series begins on Friday with a 6:30 p.m. start.
How it happened: Coastal Carolina built a 3-0 lead after 2 and 1/2 innings before the Seahawks plated three in the third to tie it and five more in the fourth for an 8-3 lead. Bass connected on a three-run shot in the third and in the fifth, Drew Farber's two-out single plated LaGrange with the go ahead run. UNCW would score five runs with two out in the frame to take the lead.
On the mound: The Seahawks overcame a season-high nine walks for the win. Holden walked four, but allowed just two hits and two runs, one earned. The turning point came in the third with reliever Ryan Foster on the mound. CCU loaded the bases and scored a run on a sac fly for a 3-0 lead, but Foster would roll the first of three ground ball double plays for UNCW on the afternoon to limit the damage to one run.
Notes: UNCW's 13 runs were tied for second most this season after beating Kent State, 13-8, in the opening weekend of the season … Jack Lane continues to shine in the bullpen, tossing a scoreless inning in relief … Lane struck out the first batter and then ended the inning with a double play ground ball … UNCW has turned 24 double plays this season … Bass extended his hitting streak to 13 games and his on base streak to 18 … During LaGrange's six-game hitting streak, he's batting .565 with eight runs batted in … He has four multi-hit games, including three 3-hit outings … The Seahawks are hitting .369 during their five-game winning streak, lead by LaGrange's .632 average … Opponents are hitting a meager .226 during the stretch.
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