Seahawks clinch series vs. JMU

WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW News Release) - Mason Berne's two-run double broke a 5-all deadlock in the bottom of the eighth as UNCW clinched a series win over James Madison with a 7-5 win on Saturday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks upped their record to 15-18 with the win while moving to 4-4 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Dukes saw their overall mark dip to 18-16 and 3-8 in the league.

Casey Golden held game-high honors with three hits, finishing a triple short of the cycle. Nick Feight added two hits and scored twice.

Clark Cota (1-1) picked up the win in relief, going 1.2 innings of hitless relief.

Adam Sisk and Kyle McPherson had two hits apiece for the Dukes while Mike Sciorra connected on his fifth homer of the season.

Reliever Kevin Kelly (4-2) took the loss for JMU.

Up next: The Seahawks look for their first conference sweep of the season on Sunday when the teams retake the field with a 2 p.m. start.

How it happened: The Seahawks were able to get their leadoff hitter on base with an infield single and following a sacrifice bunt, Ryan Jeffers drew a walk. A ground ball out would move both up for Berne, who doubled down the leftfield line scoring Feight and Jeffers with the go-ahead runs.

Home Runs: JMU: Sciorra 5 (off Warren leading off the seventh inning); UNCW: Golden 10 (off Harlow leading off the sixth inning)

Inside the box score: Both teams were able to land their leadoff hitters on base regularly (JMU 4, UNCW 3) … JMU finished with three hits with RISP while Berne had UNCW's one hit in that situation … Both teams finished with three two-out hits.

Notes: UNCW starting pitcher Logan Beehler went six innings and tied his career-high with six strikeouts … Berne and Jeffers extended their consecutive games on base to 10 and eight, respectively … For Golden, it was his fourth three-hit game of the season … He also moved into a tie for eighth at UNCW with 29 career home runs.