WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Hunter Ridge's infield single in the seventh inning broke UNCW's career hits record and highlighted the Seahawks 10-3 win over visiting Charleston Southern at Brooks Field on Wednesday.
The Seahawks, winners of eight of their last nine games, improved to 14-7 overall and 13-4 at home. CSU dropped its sixth straight outing to fall to 8-14 on the season. UNCW avenged a 7-6 loss in Charleston to the Buccaneers earlier this season.
Ridge, who entered the game as the nation's active career hits leader, broke Jason Appel's previous record of 260 hits, a record that was set in 2008. Joining Ridge with multiple hit games were Luis Renvill (2-3), Ryan LaGrange (2-4) and Drew Farber (2-4). Farber also knocked in two runs.
Evan Phillips (1-0) earned the win in relief for UNCW, allowing one run on two hits over three innings. CSU starter Andrew Tomasovich (0-4) dropped his fourth decision after surrendering seven runs, but only one earned, in 4 and 1/3 innings.
Kevin Hickey and Zack Hagaman each had two hits for the Bucs.
Next up: The Seahawks return to Colonial Athletic Association action on Friday with a 6 p.m. start against Georgia State.
How it happened: Trailing 2-1, UNCW plated three in the third to take the lead and extended the lead with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 7-2 lead. Renvill plated the first run of the third with a single to right, scoring Farber, who singled to lead off and moved around to third on a throwing error by Tomasovich, the first of two errors by the righthander on the game. CSU totaled six errors on the evening.
Inside the numbers: With six errors, CSU allowed just four earned runs … UNCW pitchers allowed just one leadoff hitter to reach base, coming in the first inning … UNCW, meanwhile, put 6-of-8 leadoff hitters on base … CSU used eight pitchers in the game, UNCW five … Seahawk relievers retired the first batter they faced all four times.
Notes: Ridge is hitting .407 (11-27) in his last six games … Michael Bass extended his hitting streak to 17 games, with a single in the eighth, and his on base streak to 22 … Bass also swiped his 12 base in as many attempts this season … Also extending hitting streaks was LaGrange (10 games) … Farber posted his sixth multi-RBI game of the season with two runs knocked in … Terence Connelly moved his on base streak to 13 games … Christian Wolfe had a pinch hit double to score two in the seventh inning.
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