Diamond Hawks Sweep Tigers To Take Weekend Series

Diamond Hawks Sweep Tigers To Take Weekend Series
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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW News Release) - UNCW's Zack Canada homered twice in the opener and reliever Blake Morgan tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings in the night cap as the Seahawks swept Princeton by the scores of 8-5 and 7-5 on Saturday to sweep a doubleheader at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 8-3 on the season with the sweep and 7-2 at home. The Tigers, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3.

Canada drove in three runs with his two round trippers as the Seahawks plated three in the fifth and two more in the sixth for 7-5 lead. Ryan Jeffers scored three runs while Cole Weiss and Doug Angelibot knocked in two runs.

In game two, UNCW scored all the runs it would need in the second inning as Kep Brown's three-run homer highlighted a frame that saw 11 batters come to the plate.
Morgan (1-0) limited the Tigers to five hits and struck out four during his outing.

Reliever Austin Easter (2-0) earned the win in game one and Clark Cota picked up his fourth save.

Princeton banged out 13 hits in game one, including three each off the bats of Asher Lee-Tyson and Ramzi Haddad. Joseph Flynn belted his first homer of the season and finished with two hits.

In game two,  Connor Nolan connected on a three-run homer in the first inning to give Princeton a 3-0 lead. Jesper Horsted and Alex Dickinson finished with three and two hits, respectively.

Ryan Smith and Andrew Gnazzo both took the losses in games one and two, respectively, for the Tigers.

Up next: The series concludes on Sunday with a 1 p.m. start. Freshman Landon Roupp will make his season debut for the Seahawks while Princeton counters with sophomore right-hander James Proctor.

How it happened:
Game 1: In the fifth inning, the Seahawks batted around, scoring three runs to tie the game at 5-all. Weiss and Angeli had RBI singles in that frame. UNCW followed in the sixth inning with two runs to take a 7-5 lead. Canada led off the inning with a homer to left and Angeli plated Jeffers, who walked earlier in the inning, with a sac fly to make it 7-5.

Game 2: Trailing 3-0 after 1 1/2 innings, UNCW's Mason Berne walked to lead off the Seahawks second. He later scored on fielder's choice by Weiss and Brown lined his first home run of the season into the trees behind the centerfield wall to give UNCW a 4-3 lead. The Seahawks would score three more times in the inning.

Notes: UNCW game one starter Zarion Sharpe didn't figure in the decision, but struck out a career-high 10 in 4 1/3 innings … UNCW pitching finished with 17 strikeouts and walked just one in the opener … Cota moved into a tie for eighth on UNCW's career list with his eighth career save … The Seahawks have hit seven home runs this series after entering the weekend with six on the season … UNCW's bullpen has combined for 15 strike outs this weekend and has not allowed a run in 12 innings … The Seahawks drew 14 walks on the afternoon, including a season-high nine in the opener.

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