WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Steven Linkous and Robbie Thorburn had three hits apiece and UNCW plated 10 runs in the fifth inning as the Seahawks gave Head Coach Mark Scalf his 800th career win with a 15-2 victory on Friday at Brooks Field.
Adding two-hit games for the Seahawks were Gavin Stupienski and Terence Connelly with two hits apiece. Linkous scored three runs and belted a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning. Thorburn scored twice and stole a base.
WCU was limited to four hits on the afternoon by a combination of five Seahawk hurlers.
Ryan Foster (1-0) earned the win with five innings of two-run, three-hit baseball. He walked two and fanned five
Brendan Nail (0-1) suffered the loss for the Catamounts, allowing five runs on four hits, walked four and struck out four over 4.2 innings.
Up next: UNCW takes on St. John’s on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Home runs: UNCW Feight (5th inning, one on, two out, off K. Anderson)
How it happened: UNCW plated 10 runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to overcome an early 2-1 deficit to Western Carolina. Thirteen Seahawks made their way to the plate in the big-inning which was highlighted by a two-run homer by Nick Feight.
Inside the box score: UNCW went 9-for-25 with runners on base … Linkous and Feight had three and two two-out RBI’s, respectively, as UNCW totaled seven for the game … The UNCW bullpen allowed one hit, walked two and struck out three over four innings of work … WCU was 1-for-11 with RISP and was 1-for-14 with runners on base.
Notes: UNCW has now won its last eight season openers … Mark Scalf’s record stands at 800-605-1 in his 25th season leading the program … The 15 runs were the most in an opener for UNCW since 2011 when it beat visiting Jacksonville, 20-7 … WCU leads the all-time series, 12-11 … Ryan Foster improved to 11-4 in his career.