Diamond Hawks beat Longwood 7-3 ending losing streak

Diamond Hawks beat Longwood 7-3 ending losing streak

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Home runs from Nick Feight and Mason Berne back a strong start from UNCW's Alex Royalty as the Seahawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over visiting Longwood on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks raised their record to 4-8 with the home win while the Lancers dipped to 5-10.

Royalty (2-1) earned the win after allowing three runs over a season-long 6.2 innings. The righthander surrendered five hits, walked two and struck out four while recording 13 ground ball outs. Relievers Austin Easter, Austin Magestro and Clark Cota combined to strikeout six over the final 2.1 innings.

Berne held game-high honors with this first three-hit game of the season. Both he and Feight added two runs in a piece as UNCW built a 4-0 lead through four innings.

LU starter Devin Gould (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs over five innings. He finished with seven strikeouts.

Sammy Miller and Brandon Harvell had two hits apiece for the Lancers, who narrowed the deficit to 4-3 in the seventh inning.

Up next: The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday. There will be no game played on Sunday.

How it happened: Feight and Berne belted two-run homers in the first and third innings to give UNCW a 4-0 lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Home Runs: UNCW: Feight (in the first off Gould, one on, one out), Berne (in the third off Gould, one on, two out)

Inside the box score: The Seahawks plated three runs in the eighth with two out to push their lead to 7-3 ... UNCW pitching allowed just three pop up outs, none of the outfielders recorded a putout ... Both teams finished with three two-out RBI's ... Longwood landed its leadoff hitter on base just one while UNCW did so four times.

Notes: Brian Mims extended his on-base streak to seven games with a first inning walk ... Berne and Feight remained tied for the team lead with four home runs ... Feight is now 11th all-time at UNCW with 26 career home runs ... Today's game was the first played between the two programs ... Longwood assistant coach Chad Oxendine was a volunteer assistant coach on UNCW's 2006 CAA Championship team.