Baseball Falls to UNC Wilmington
By ODU Athletics
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Sophomore starter Jake Mullis and junior reliever Matt McDonnell allowed just one unearned run and UNC Wilmington scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a 5-1 decision over Old Dominion in Colonial Athletic Association baseball action Saturday night at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks won their third straight and improved to 24-13 overall and 6-3 in the CAA. The Monarchs fell to 14-21 and 5-6 in the league.
Mullis, a 6-2, 200-pound righthander, scattered six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, giving up one unearned run, walking two and striking out two. McDonnell (5-1) tossed two-hit ball over the final 2 1/3 innings, fanning one. ODU starter Parker Friske pitched five innings and surrendered just one run on seven hits, striking out five. Reliever Ken Brumfield (1-2) took the loss on the mound.
Junior catcher Magnus Pilegard paced UNCW's 11-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with one run batted in. Matt Wright, David Ange and Russ Simmerman each added two hits apiece. Jeff Eure, David Vilardi and Ross Robertson had two hits for the Monarchs.
With the score knotted at 1-all in the seventh, the Seahawks exploded for four runs in the bottom half of the inning to stun the Monarchs. Sophomore outfielder Jamie Hemingway started the rally with a double into the leftfield corner and when it was over, the Seahawks had plated four runs on three hits, also taking advantage of two ODU miscues.
UNCW took a 1-0 edge in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ange reached on an infield hit and moved to second on Pat Massey's base hit. Both runners advanced on Simmerman's sacrifice bunt, and Hemingway lofted a sacrifice fly to plate Ange.
ODU tied the game at 1-all in the top of the seventh. With one out, Vilardi reached second when Massey's throw to first base sailed wildly over Matt Wright's head. After Matt Moye grounded out to second and Vilardi advanced to third, pinch hitter Joe Moore ripped an RBI single up the middle to score Valardi.
The Seahawks and Monarchs conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 2 p.m.