Seahawks' rally falls just short

Seahawks' rally falls just short


WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW's Ryan Jeffers knocked in a career-high five runs, including three on his second home run of the season, but William & Mary held off the Seahawks, 10-9, to avert a sweep on Sunday at Brooks Field.

The Tribe improved to 13-10 overall and 1-2 in the league with its first road win of the season. UNCW, meanwhile, fell back to .500 with an 11-11 mark.

Zach Pearson collected three hits for W&M as the Tribe held a 13-9 advantage in hits. Ryder Miconi and Kyle Wrighte both finished with two hits apiece and both also homered. Wrighte scored three runs.

Mason Berne posted his fourth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in. Nick Feight homered, scored three runs and knocked in two.

W&M's Nick Raquet (1-1) earned his first win of the season, surrendering four runs over six innings. Daniel Power retired the final two hitters to pick up his first save.

UNCW starter Luke Gesell (0-1) was the losing pitcher, pitching into the third inning and allowing five runs, four being earned.

Up next: The Seahawks visit Coastal Carolina on Mar. 29 for a 6 p.m. start in Conway, S.C.

How it happened: The Tribe jumped on Gesell and reliever Cory Gantz for six runs in the third inning. W&M opened the inning with five of the first six hitters getting hits, including a two-run single by Cullen Large. Wrighte would cap the inning outburst with a two-run home run off Gantz as the Tribe erased a one-run deficit for a 7-2 lead.

Home Runs: W&M: Miconi (off Gesell in the first inning, bases empty, one out), Wrighte (off Gantz in the third, one on, two out); UNCW: Feight (off Raquet in the third inning, one on, one out), Jeffers (off Fernandez in the seventh inning, two on, two out)

Inside the box score: Neither pitching staff excelled at getting the leadoff hitter out as UNCW reached safely five times and W&M four … The Tribe finished 6-for-11 with RISP … The Seahawks had six two-out RBI's.

Notes: Feight moved into a tie for fifth at UNCW with his 31st career home run … Casey Golden extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games while Brian Mims saw his halted at 13 … Mims, however, did extend his consecutive games on base streak to 17 … Mims and Berne both have four three-hit games to their credit this season … Both teams combined to use 11 pitchers on Sunday … UNCW has homered in 12 of its last 13 games and have 32 home runs this season … The Seahawks drew nine walks on the afternoon, second most in a game this season.