Diamond Hawks score 5 runs in 9th to beat Tribe 6-5

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Daniel Stack's three-run double tied the game at 5-all in the bottom of the ninth and Cole Weiss delivered a UNCW win as the freshman plated the winning run with a fielder's choice in a 6-5 series clinching win over William & Mary on Saturday at Brooks Field.

The win raised UNCW's record to 11-10 overall and 2-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Tribe dropped to 12-10 and 0-2.

Stack's bases-loaded double was his only hit on the game as UNCW finished with just six hits. Nick Feight, who began the winning rally with a single to open the ninth, had two hits, including a home run, for the Seahawks.

Reliever Chris Joyner (1-0) picked up the win, striking out four in two innings of work.

Ryan Hall and Hunter Smith led William & Mary, which held a 5-2 lead entering the ninth inning, with two hits apiece.

Reliever Robert White (2-1) took the loss for W&M. White was tagged for three runs and did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the ninth.

W&M starter Bodie Sheehan held the Seahawks at bay with eight strong innings. The lefthander surrendered three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out seven.

Up next: The Seahawks look for the sweep on Sunday with a 2 p.m. start.

How it happened: The Seahawks opened the inning landing the first three hitters on base against White. Feight singled and Mason Berne and Ryan Jeffers loaded the bases with a hit by pitch and walk. Stack then doubled to centerfield to tie the game. Pinch hitter Terence Connelly was intentionally walk and he and Stack moved into scoring position on a fly ball to deep right by Robbie Thorburn. Weiss, who was pinch hitting, hit the ball sharply to the rightside where it was knocked down, but the throw to the plate was late as Stack scored the winning run.

Home Runs: W&M: none; UNCW: Feight (off Sheehan in the fourth inning, bases empty, one out)

Inside the box score: Seahawk pitchers allowed just one Tribe leadoff hitter to reach safely ... Stack's at bat was the only bases loaded plate appearance in the game for either team ... W&M stranded 11 base runners, UNCW just three.

Notes: W&M recorded 15 fly ball outs on the afternoon ... Brian Mims extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a sixth inning double ... Casey Golden also extended his hitting streak to 12 games, also with a sixth inning double ... Mims (16), Feight (15) and Golden all extended their on-base streaks ... UNCW relievers Austin Warren and Joyner combined to limit W&M to a run on three hits over 4.2 innings while striking out seven ... The win was UNCW's second of the season when trailing after eight innings.