UNCW Press Release
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Terence Connelly's only hit of the night came at the right time as he singled in the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the ninth to lift UNCW to a 5-4 win over visiting Coastal Carolina on Wednesday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks (13-14) completed a sweep of Coastal Carolina (12-18) for the first time since 2008 after also topping the Chanticleers, 7-3, in mid-March.
William Prince (1-0) earned the win in relief for UNCW, striking out the only batter he faced after coming on in the ninth.
Reliever Tyler Poole (0-2) took the loss for CCU, allowing both runs in the bottom of the inning.
Zach Remillard held game-high honors with four hits for CCU while Luke Dunlap, Justin Carroll and Josh Abshire had two hits apiece for UNCW.
How it happened: Pinch hitter Luis Renvill doubled to open the ninth off Poole and advanced to third when Abshire line a single up the middle. Casey Golden followed with a fielder's choice to third that CCU failed to get an out on the play. Connelly battled reliever Andrew Beckwith to a 2-2 count before lining a single into left scoring Renvill and Abshire.
Inside the box score: Both teams excelled in getting its leadoff hitter on safely with CCU going 4-for-9 and UNCW 5-for-9 … Coastal Carolina, which stranded 16 runners on base, was just 1-for-15 in RBI situations … CCU did have six hits with two outs on the evening, including a RBI single from Connor Owings in the top of the ninth for a 4-3 lead … The UNCW bullpen combined to allow just one run over the final six innings.
Notes: UNCW moved back to within a game of .500 with the home win and improved to 10-9 at home … Justin Carroll had his first two collegiate hits for UNCW, a pair of singles … Ryan LaGrange pushed his on-base streak to 19 games … Ricky Holden tossed two more shutout innings of relief … Kelly Secrest has allowed just one inherited base runner to score this season out of 14 inherited … It was UNCW's third walk-off win and the fourth they've won in the ninth inning (Indiana State, West Virginia, Coastal Carolina, Baylor (top 9)).
Up next: The Seahawks return to conference play on Friday with a 7 p.m. start at William & Mary, the nation's top offensive team in several categories.
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