Diamond Hawks take series opener from Cougars

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW received another strong start to the first year RJ Sales and John Newtonanother freshman, delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning as the Seahawks beat the College of Charleston, 4-3, Friday in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener.

The Seahawks pushed their record to 25-19 this season and moved into second place in the league standings with a 10-6 mark. The Cougars saw their 12-game conference winning streak shattered as their record fell to 29-15 and 16-3.

Newton drove in two runs in the fifth inning on a single that came on the 12th pitch at bat. Brooks Baldwin homered his seventh homer of the season to give the Seahawks an early lead. Taber Mongero scored twice and collected his second hat-trick of the season.

Sales, who picked up the win after three straight no-decisions, took his record to 5-1. Sales allowed a pair of runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out three while recording 13 strikeouts. Hunter Hodges made his sixth save of the season, getting the last two outs of the game.

Tyler Sorrentino, Landon Choboy and Cam Dean each had two hits for the Cougars, who beat the Seahawks, 11-5.

Ty Good (7-4) suffered the loss. Good gave up three runs on four hits and a pair of walks and finished with seven strikeouts.

How did it happen: UNCW hit for a run in the fourth on a Baldwin shot to left center and extended the lead to 3-0 on center field two points away from Newton with two outs.

Inside the box score: The UNCW pitch limited the Cougars to 2 of 9 with RISP … CofC had five hits and blocked nine runners on base, including six in scoring position … With 10 assists on the field for Taber Mongero tied UNCW’s single-game record and became the first Seahawk since Ben Thielsen to reach double digits since 2009.

Home runs: UNCW- Brooks Baldwin (7, start of round four, 379 feet to center left, bike out 103

Following: The Seahawks and the Cougars meet on Saturday with a departure at 4 p.m.


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