Seahawks Finish Off Sweep Of JMU

Seahawks Finish Off Sweep Of JMU
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HARRISONBURG, VA (UNCW) - Kep Brown homered and drove in three runs while the UNCW bullpen combined for four innings of one-hit baseball as the Seahawks finished off a pivotal sweep of James Madison with a 5-2 win on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Seahawks (29-17, 11-7 CAA) moved into sole possession of third place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings as the season enters the final two weeks of conference play. The Dukes (21-23, 6-12 CAA) remain three games behind sixth-place Delaware for the final tournament spot.

Brown belted his fourth home run of the season to extend a UNCW lead to 5-2 in the ninth inning. Zack Canada and Mason Berne both finished with two hits and scored a run.

Henry Ryan (1-0) earned the win as the Seahawks took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning. Ryan struck out a career-high five and allowed a single in two innings of work.

Clark Cota pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two for his 11th save of the season.

Joining Ryan and Cota out of the bullpen were Chris Joyner and Austin Warren.

JMU reliever Shelton Perkins (3-1) took the loss working 2/3 of an inning.

The Dukes were limited to three hits on the afternoon but Zach Tondi doubled in two runs as the Duke took a 2-0 lead in the third.

UP NEXT: The Seahawks host nationally-ranked East Carolina on May 9 at 6 p.m.

HOW IT HAPPENED: UNCW was able to break a 2-all deadlock in the seventh. Brown hit into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to score the go-ahead run. He later completed the scoring with a two-run shot to left in the ninth.

NOTES: Berne has now reached base safely in 40 consecutive games and has an eight-game hitting streak … UNCW held the Dukes to a .192 batting average during the weekend … The bullpen earned the win in all three games and struck out 22 in 14 2/3 innings … UNCW has 20 wins and 14 saves from its relievers this season … The sweep in Harrisonburg for the Seahawks was the first since the 2008 season … With 426 strikeouts, this year's staff now ranks 10th on the UNCW single season list … Cota's 11 saves rank him third on UNCW's single season list, trailing Blake Cross who saved a record 13 games in 2003 and 12 in 2004 … Greg Jones was plunked for the 14th time this season and is tied for eighth on the single season list … UNCW has won 10 true road games this season, matching the 2015 team … Head Coach Mark Scalf now has 899 career wins in 27 seasons.