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Late Rally Lifts UNCW Over Cougars

James Madison scored five runs in the opening three innings and held College of Charleston...
James Madison scored five runs in the opening three innings and held College of Charleston scoreless until the ninth en route to a 7-1 win in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point.(College of Charleston Baseball)
Published: May. 15, 2021 at 10:17 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. --- A three-run eighth inning helped UNCW erase a 6-3 deficit before the Seahawks walked off with a 7-6 win over College of Charleston in Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Field.

LEADING OFF

Final Score: UNCW 7, College of Charleston 6

Location: Wilmington, N.C. (Brooks Field)

Records: Charleston (22-20, 11-9 CAA), UNCW (28-17, 12-8 CAA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Cougars opened the scoring for the second straight game this weekend with a two-run first. After UNCW answered with one in the first and two in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead, Charleston countered with a three-run seventh capped by a two-run homer from Harrison Hawkins to claim a 5-3 advantage. With the Cougars leading 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth, UNCW capitalized on a pair of miscues to score three runs to tie the game before walking off with a 7-6 win in the ninth.

NOTABLES

· Hawkins launched his team-leading 10th homer of the season in the seventh and finished the day 2-for-5 with three RBI.

· The home run was Hawkins’ ninth in CAA play which is tied for the league lead with Northeastern’s Jared Dupere.

· Ari Sechopoulos and Joseph Mershon each went 3-for-5 with Mershon adding an RBI.

· Landon Choboy went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

· Tanner Steffy and Matt Lobeck both recorded a pair of hits.

· The Cougars were 5-for-10 with two outs and 9-of-21 with runners on base.

NEXT UP

The Cougars and Seahawks will meet in the series finale afternoon at 1:00 p.m.