UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Hunter Ridge banged out four hits and Terence Connelly added three as UNCW stormed past visiting East Carolina, 10-3, in college baseball action on Tuesday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks improved 13-7 overall and 12-4 at home. The Pirates, meanwhile, dropped to 11-9 on the season.
With his four hits, Ridge moved to within one of tying Jason Appel's UNCW career record of 260 hits. Also chalking up multi-hit games were Michael Bass and Ryan LaGrange, who also homered.
Tied at one-all in the third, LaGrange's third homer of the season, a three-run blast to left center, gave UNCW a 4-1 lead it wouldn't surrender.
Starter Blaze Tart (2-1) earned the win, allowing one run on four hits and a pair of walks in 5 and 2/3 innings. ECU starter Tyler Bolton (0-1) suffered his first lost of the season in his first career start.
Next up: The Seahawks continue their six-game homestand on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. start against Charleston Southern.
How it happened: In the third, Ridge led off with a single, his second of four singles on the game, and moved into scoring position following a walk to Corey Dick. LaGrange followed with a homer on a two-strike breaking ball from Bolton to give the Seahawks a 4-1 lead.
Inside the numbers: The Seahawk bullpen continued to shine as Jack Lane, Ricky Holden, Kelly Secrest and Nick Monroe combined to allow two runs, unearned, on two hits and a walk over 3 and 1/3 innings … Lane, Holden and Secrest each struck out the first batter they faced … UNCW collected four two-out RBI's … With runners on, ECU managed just one hit in 12 at bats … The Seahawks went 9-for-24 with runners on base and advanced runners 16 times in 30 opportunities … UNCW also scored 5-of-6 runners from third … ECU landed just 2-of-9 leadoff hitters on base.
Notes: Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 16 games and his one base streak to 22 … He also swiped his 10th base in as many chances this season … Blaze Tart has now won his last two starts and fashioned a 0.71 ERA over those two outings … Terence Connelly also extended his hitting streak to seven games … UNCW snapped a four-game losing streak to ECU at Brooks Field (last win in 2009).
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