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Diamond Hawks fall at Citadel 1-0

UNCW Press Release

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Luke Dunlap had three hits and Mat Batts pitched six strong innings, but UNCW came up short in a 1-0 loss to host the Citadel on Thursday in a non-conference game at Riley Park.

The Citadel improved to 20-29 with the win while the Seahawks dropped below .500 at 23-24. It was the first time they were shutout this season.

Logan Cribb (4-4) earned the win with seven innings of shutout baseball. He scattered six hits and walked one while striking out seven. Skylar Hunter nailed down his 11th save of the season with two innings of relief.

Batts (5-3) suffered his first loss in his last six decisions. He finished with five strikeouts, but walked a season-high three batters. With those five strikeouts, Batts now has 301 career strikeouts with the Seahawks and is just the third pitcher in UNCW history to pass the 300 mark.

The Citadel managed just four hits on the night while UNCW totaled six hits. Dunlap was the only player with a multi-hit game.

Up next: The two teams will play on Friday; first pitch set for 5 p.m.

How it happened: In the third inning, Mason Davis walked with one out and moved into scoring position following a hit batter. With two out, Davis was on the front end of a double steal and scored on a throwing error trying to get the backside runner for the game's lone run.

Inside the box score: UNCW went hitless in eight at bats with runners in scoring position and was 0-for-9 with two outs … Batts and reliever Christian MacDonald also held the Citadel hitless (0-7) with two out … Both teams combined to go 2-for-27 with runners on base … There were no extra base hits in the game.

Notes: Corey Dick appeared in the 9th as a pinch hitter, it was his first appearance since April 22 (injury) … The Seahawks now hold a 7-5 lead in the series … UNCW had its second consecutive game with three errors and dropped to 2-6 in games which it commits three or more errors … Dunlap posted his third three-hit game of the season and now has 13 multi-hit games in 2014 … UNCW is 4-4 in one-run games and now 4-1 in shutouts … Terence Connelly made his first career start at first base … Joe Bertone, Reigning CAA Player-of-the-Week, missed the game with an injury.

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