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UNCW loses final game of West Coast trip

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UNCW Press Release

MALIBU, Calif. – UNCW sophomore starter Evan Phillips turned in another strong start for the Seahawks, but Pepperdine was able to take advantage of a two-out rally in the sixth inning to win 2-1 on Tuesday at Eddy D. Field.

The Waves ran their record to 9-3 with the non-conference win and their seventh straight at home. The Seahawks saw their mark dip to 5-6 with the road loss.

Pepperdine used seven pitchers in the midweek test with Jayson Balades (2-0) picking up the win. Phillips (1-2) took the loss for UNCW after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks. He finished with a season-high four strikeouts.

Bryan Langlois, Brad Anderson and Aaron Barnett each had two hits for Pepperdine, who outhit the Seahawks, 7-6, in the pitcher’s duel.

Six different Seahawks had a hit on the afternoon. Robbie Thorburn plated UNCW’s lone run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Casey Golden, who tripled earlier in the inning.

How it happened: In the sixth, pinch hitter Brandon Caruso lined a two-out single to centerfield with the bases loaded to tie the game and a throwing error to third allowed the second and eventual game-winning run to score.

Inside the box score: UNCW was 0-for-5 in RBI opportunities while Pepperdine was 1-for-10 … Both teams combined to strand 15 runners on base (UNCW 5, Pep 10).

Notes: Corey Dick extended his hitting streak to seven games while Dillon Bass reached base safely for the ninth game-in-a-row with a single … Phillips saw his ERA drop to 1.62 on the season.

Up next: The Seahawks return to Brooks Field on Friday for the first of a three-game series with VCU. First-pitch is set for 4 p.m.

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