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Seahawks rally to split doubleheader


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – UNCW and Hofstra rallied from two-run deficits to split a doubleheader to open the series between two of the top three teams in Colonial Athletic Association softball rankings at Bill Edwards Stadium on Friday afternoon.

UNCW, 25-9 (7-4 CAA), rallied to win Game 2, 6-2, after Pride, 14-21 (7-3 CAA), won Game 3, 3 -2, to set up an important final on Saturday at noon that could have major implications for the CAA Championships in May.

GAME 1 | Hofstra 3, UNCW 2
A Chelsea Manto RBI sack-fly late in the fifth set the difference in the competition as Pride won the game rubber in game one.


UNCW struck first, cashing in with the bases loaded at shortstop Marie Sobataka Villa Mackenzie Amodeo of the third. A head-up game by Morgan Brittwho raced from second place, added another point on the game.



Pride tied the game down the frame on a two-run homer from Megan Giordano to left field that also scored Manto, who started the inning with a field single.


The teams traded frames scoreless over the next 3.5 innings until Hofstra’s first two batters reached the fifth to set the stage for Manto’s decisive sack-fly.



Hofstra junior Nikki Mullin pitched her first full game of the season, striking out six and scattering four hits to earn her second win of the season.



First-year right-hander Emily Winstead struck out seven over five innings, including six of the first eight batters faced, en route to her eighth straight game with seven or more punches.



GAME 2 | UNCW 6, Hofstra 2


The Seahawks returned the favor in the afternoon affair, scoring three runs in the third and sixth innings, to tie the series entering Saturday.


Amodeo highlighted his sixth career multi-game hit with two RBI singles that resulted in three runs for UNCW. The freshman went 3 for 5 with a two-game march against Pride.


With a withdrawal in the third, Skylar Stockton and Taylor Vitola reached base and stole bases to put two runners in scoring position for Anna Knox.


The graduate utility player reached the pick of a defender who nailed Stockton at home. Knox, however, caused a count between first and second that allowed Vitola to slip past second into UNCW’s first round.


Amodeo followed with a single down the left side to score Knox for his eighth RBI of the season.


After Britt and Sobataka reached to charge the bases, the left fielder Elizabeth Winstead slapped a dribbler to the right of the circle that Pride couldn’t field as a third run went home in the inning.


In the top of the sixth, freshman Lauren Cope split the gap to center right for a standing double to start the frame. Two more Seahawks reached to charge the bases with no outs.


Just like the third inning, Knox scored a run on a pitch in the second, then Amodeo opened the game with a two-out single to left field that added two insurance runs.
Pride struck first late in the second when he charged with one out and scored a run on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Manto singled to left center to add a second run for Pride.


First-year right-hander Kara Hammock worked his sixth full game of the season, giving up an earned run while stoking six and scattering five hits.



REMARKS: UNCW has won three of four matchups against Pride… The trip marks the Seahawks’ first trip to Hempstead, NY since 2016… UNCW is 3-3 in one-point games this season… Logan Bjorson worked a scoreless sixth inning in Game 1 for the Seahawks…Seahawks went 20-1 by allowing two runs or less… CaseyJones debuted the season with a hitting appearance in Game 2… Stockton notched his third career multi-hit game… The Seahawks recorded 12 hits in the doubleheader.


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