MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina – Ryan Jeffers hit three home runs and Robbie Thorburn added two but UNCW was unable to overcome an eight-run deficit in an 8-7 loss at the College of Charleston in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener at Patriots Point on Friday.
The Cougars improved to 3-1 in the CAA and 11-15 overall. UNCW, meanwhile, dipped to 2-2 and 11-13 with the loss.
Jeffers and Thorburn both finished with three hits apiece while Jeffers knocked in five runs for the second time this season. The Seahawks struck out 13 times on the night and managed just one walk.
Logan McRae also finished the evening with five RBI's, including a grand slam in a six-run fourth inning. Luke Manzo and Dupree Hart both finished with two hits and scored twice.
CofC starter Nathan Ocker (1-0) earned the win, striking out nine, walking none and allowing five runs over 6.2 innings.
Alex Royalty (3-2) took the loss, allowing eight runs, but only two earned, in five innings.
Up next: The series continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. Logan Beehler (1-3) makes the start for UNCW while CofC counters with Evan Sisk (2-0).
How it happened: The Cougars plated six runs, all with two out, in the fourth inning to make it 8-0. Logan McRae launched a grand slam to highlight the inning.
Home Runs: UNCW: Jeffers 3 (off Ocker in the fifth, bases empty, one out; off Ocker in the seventh, two on, none out; off Love in the ninth, leading off), Thorburn 2 (off Ocker in the sixth, leading off; off Detweiler in the seventh, bases empty, two out); CofC: McRae (off Royalty in the fourth, bases loaded, two out)
Notes: Ryan Jeffers became the first Seahawk to homer three times in one game this season … Nick Feight extended his hitting streak to eight games … Brian Mims continues to hold the team's longest on base streak at 19 games … UNCW's five home runs were a season-high.