ODU Falls To UNC Wilmington, 9-0
By ODU Athletics
April 13, 2002
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- UNC Wilmington erupted for seven unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 9-0 baseball rout of Old Dominion in the second game of a three-game Colonial Athletic Association weekend series with the Monarchs Saturday night at Brooks Field.
UNCW improved to 24-9 overall and 7-1 in the CAA with its sixth straight win over ODU and its ninth victory in the last 11 games. ODU dipped to 16-17 and 1-6 in the league.
Junior righthander Jake Mullis (6-2) worked 6 1/3 innings, holding the Monarchs scoreless on four hits, walking three and fanning three batters. Freshman reliever Ronald Hill hurled the final 2 2/3 innings, giving two hits and striking out one.
Six players had two hits each to lead UNCW's 13-hit attack. Matt Wright went 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and a stolen base, Zach Harris went 2-for-5 with one RBI, David McKenna went 2-for-4 and scored twice, Chip Grawey went 2-for-4, Eric Mitchell went 2-for-5 with two singles and Jamie Hemingway went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run.
Junior outfielder Brent Sollenberger went 3-for-4 with three singles for the Monarchs, who have been held to just eight hits in the first two games in the series.
ODU starter Ryan Williams (2-5) took the loss after pitching 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven unearned runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two.
After the two clubs went scoreless through the first three innings, the Seahawks took advantage of a critical error by Williams to blow the game open with a seven spot with two outs in the fourth. Pete Grimm opened the inning by reaching first when Williams let the Seahawk outfielder's ground ball go between his legs. When it was all over, UNCW had sent 11 batters to the plate, lacing six consecutive hits and racking up seven runs. Wright's two-run single into center highlighted the barrage.
The Seahawks picked up single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to complete the scoring. In the seventh, McKenna slammed his second home run of the season, a towering shot over the leftfield wall, to increase the score to 8-0, and Mitchell's RBI single plated Hemingway in the eighth to end the romp at 9-0.
Mullis nearly lost his shutout in the top of the seventh when Kevin Snapp doubled off the leftfield wall and John Oehler drew a one-out walk. But Hill spelled Mullis and induced an inning-ending double play ball from Jared Musolf to kill the rally. It was one of three double plays on the night for the Seahawks, who played error-free ball.
The Seahawks and Monarchs wrap up the three-game series on Sunday at 2 p.m. Junior righthander Chris Coughlin of UNCW will face freshman righty James Burok of ODU.