UNCW takes series from Towson with clutch hitting

UNCW takes series from Towson with clutch hitting

WILMINGTON (UNCW) - Noah Liles' pinch-hit single in the seventh drove in the eventual winning run as UNCW plated four runs over the seventh and eighth innings for a 5-1 win over visiting Towson on Sunday at Brooks Field.

UNCW (24-15, 7-5 CAA) won its third conference series of the season and ended the weekend tied for third in the Colonial Athletic Association for third place. Towson (12-27, 5-7 CAA) is in seventh, one spot out of a conference tournament berth.

Seahawk reliever Austin Warren picked up the win to move to 5-0 on the season.

Offensively, Noah Bridges collected three hits and drove in two runs. Liles had two hits coming off the bench and Cole Weiss had two doubles and scored twice.

Towson's Michael Adams (3-4) took the loss. Adams surrendered four runs on eight hits and struck out seven over six innings.

No Tiger had a multi-hit game. Towson scored its lone run of the game in the first inning as Billy Lennox followed Colin Gimblet's two-out double with a RBI single one batter later.

Up Next: The Seahawks host Campbell on Apr. 25 at 6 p.m.

How it happened: After drawing even with a run in the fifth, UNCW plated three in the seventh for a 4-1 lead. Weiss doubled to right and Liles singled him in one batter later. Bridges put runners on the corners with a single and none out. Jackson Meadows plated the next run with a ground ball to the right side and Ryan Jeffers capped the inning with a RBI single up the middle.

Inside the box score:  Towson managed to gets its leadoff hitter on base just once, in the sixth on a walk … The Seahawks, meanwhile, did so four times in eight at bats … UNCW went 4-for-13 with RISP while Towson was 0-for-4 … Both teams had three two-out hits.

Notes: TU's Richie Palacios was caught stealing for the first time this season when Jeffers gunned him down in the third inning … Mason Berne had two hits in his final two at-bats to extend his consecutive games on base streak to 33, ranking him sixth on UNCW's record list … With Warren earning the win, UNCW's bullpen now has a record of 17-3 … The UNCW pitching staff posted a 1.80 ERA for the week and limited opponents to a .206 batting average.