From the Wilmington Sharks
Trailing 6-0 in the middle of the fourth inning on Thursday night, the Wilmington Sharks (30-17, 14-6) came all the way back scoring 10 unanswered runs to cap off a comeback win over the Florence Redwolves (20-25, 11-7) by a score of 10-6.
Early on, this game didn't have the makings of a Sharks win. The Redwolves piled on six runs in the first four innings, with the Sharks held hitless through their first three at bats. In the bottom of the fourth, the Sharks finally got on the board when Ryan Jeffers (UNC Wilmington) singled to bring home a run. A comeback still seemed a long way off though, with the score 6-1.
The six runs in the first four innings ended up being the only runs Florence would score. Meanwhile, Wilmington was just getting started. They scored five runs to tie the game in the fifth. After they Sharks loaded the bases, Madison Stokes (South Carolina) singled home one, Brett Smith (Bucknell) walked to bring home another, two more came across from Ward Coleman's (Davidson) single and Chris Graham (Greensboro) singled again to tie the game.
In the seventh inning, the Sharks broke through to take the lead. Stokes singled and later came around to third with two outs. A wild pitch brought him home to give Wilmington a 7-6 lead. The Sharks didn't stop there, as they added three insurance runs in the eighth on two home runs, one from Mark Donadio (Fordham) and one from Cletis Avery (Presbyterian).
The win went to Shelton Perkins (2-0). He threw two innings, with no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout. Cable Wright (4-2) took the loss, pitching two and two thirds innings, allowing two runs, on four hits, one walk and three strikeouts.