Saints Drop First two games at UNC Wilmington

Feb. 16, 2002

Final Stats

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