UNCW Blanks Blue Hens Behind Herring, Jeffers

UNCW Blanks Blue Hens Behind Herring, Jeffers
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NEWARK, Delaware - Freshman Gage Herring tossed six shutout innings and Ryan Jeffers had four hits as UNCW blanked Delaware, 10-0, on Sunday in the Colonial Athletic Association series finale at Bob Hannah Stadium.

UNCW halted a three-game losing skid with the road in and improved to 21-14 overall and 5-4 in the league. The Blue Hens, who captured the series winning the first two games of the weekend, dipped to 17-15 and 5-4.

Herring (2-0) held UD hitless until the sixth inning when Kevin Mohollen singled through the leftside with one out. The freshman righthander went a career-long six shutout innings, walked two and struck out five, a career high.

Jeffers finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle with his third four-hit game of the season. The junior singled in both the first and third innings and doubled in the fifth. Jeffers homered on the second pitch he saw in the eighth inning following a quick rain delay.

Mason Berne added two hits and drove in two while Doug Angeli drove in three runs, including two on a double in the ninth inning.

Delaware finished with just two hits, the second a double in the ninth inning by Erik Bowren.
Chris Ludman (1-1) took the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a pair of walks in a career-long five innings.

Up next: The Seahawks kickoff an eight-game homestand on Apr. 18 with a 6 p.m. start against nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina at Brooks Field.

How it happened: Noah Liles gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the second inning. The Seahawks extended the lead to 3-0 with two in the fifth. Again with two out, Jeffers doubled in Zack Canada and Berne followed with a RBI single one batter later.

Notes: Berne pushed his hitting streak to 16 games and now has reached base in 29 consecutive games, tying for 10th longest streak in UNCW history … The shutout was UNCW's fourth of the season … The road win was also the seventh of the season, tying last season's total … UNCW relievers Austin Warren combined for five strikeouts over the final three innings.