Feb. 16, 2002
With one out and Blake Hanan (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) on first, senior Ryan Finn (Clinton, N.Y./Clinton) took a pitch in the top of the sixth inning and drove it deep into left centerfield to collect his first homer of the year. The Saints (0-2), however, lost both games of their season-opening doubleheader to UNC Wilmington (3-1), 11-3 and 4-1.
Led by a pair of strong pitching performances by
Brian Whitaker and Jake Mullis, UNC Wilmington swept a doubleheader from
Siena in college baseball action Saturday at Brooks Field by the scores of
11-3 and 4-1.
The Seahawks extend their winning streak to three and stand at 3-1 on
the season. Siena, opening its season this weekend, falls to 0-2.
Whitaker evened his record at 1-1, striking out five and allowing just
two hits in seven innings as UNCW grabbed a 6-1 lead after two innings.
Whitaker allowed a single to Siena's Blake Hannon to leadoff the game
before retiring 16 of the next 17 batters he faced without allowing a hit.
Junior leftfielder Jamie Hemingway keyed a four-run UNCW uprising in the
sixth with a one-out double to the right center gap scoring two. Hemingway
went 3-for-5 in the opener, scoring three runs and driving in three. He
also stole two bases as the Seahawks swiped six bases without being caught.
Siena managed to cut its deficit to 7-3 in the top of the sixth on a
two-run clout by senior leftfielder Ryan Finn. Junior righthander Jeremy
Cabot suffered the loss for the Saints going three innings, allowing six
hits and six runs, four earned. He allowed just one walk and struck out four.
In the nightcap, UNCW struck for four runs in the third inning to back a
complete game effort by junior righty Jake Mullis. Mullis (2-0) scattered
eight hits, walked none and struck out six, five looking. The only run he
allowed was an unearned run in the fifth.
Senior designated hitter Magnus Pilegard led the UNCW lineup with a pair
of hits, including a two-run double to the left centerfield gap in the
fourth inning. Junior right fielder Jason Schindler added a two-run single
to cap the inning.
Hanan and senior centerfielder Fausto Franco led the Saints each with a
pair of hits. Franco swiped a pair of bases and scored Siena's only run of
the contest in the top of the fifth. Junior Justin Knoff took the loss
going three innings, allowing six hits and four runs, all earned. Sophomore
righty Josh Copskey held UNCW scoreless and struck out one in three
innings of relief.
The clubs will complete the three-game series Sunday with a 2 p.m. start
at Brooks Field
Box Score from Game 1
Box Score from Game 2