Saints Downed In Carolina
Feb. 17, 2002
WILMINGTON, N.C. - For the second time in as many days, Senior Ryan Finn lifted a homerun, but it was not enough to halt a UNC Wilmington offense. Seahawks leftfielder Brad Denson went 4-for-5, with a home run and a double, as UNC Wilmington cruised past Siena, 11-3, in college baseball action at Brooks Field to complete a weekend sweep of the Saints. UNCW collected 14 hits for the second time this season, including eight for extra bases.
The Seahawks, winners of their last four, stand at 4-1 on the season while Siena falls to 0-3 to open its season.
Siena opened the scoring in the top of the first as senior leftfielder Ryan Finn crushed his second home run of the season with one out and a runner on second. Sophomore third baseman Tony Cipolla singled to left prior to Finn's round tripper. Finn added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to complete Siena's scoring.
In the bottom of the fifth, UNCW gained its first lead of the day, 3-2, when junior centerfielder Jamie Hemingway hit a towering triple off the centerfield wall plating sophomore designated hitter Chip Grawey. Grawey had double to the left centerfield gap before Hemingway's clout. Senior shortstop Kiley Vaughn knotted the game earlier in the inning, driving in senior third baseman David McKenna, who opened the inning with a walk, from third on an error.
Finn tied the game, 3-all, for the Saints in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly.
The Seahawks grabbed the lead for good, 7-3, in their half of the sixth. Hemingway's two-run double to centerfield highlighted a four-run outburst, which included doubles by McKenna and junior second baseman Russ Simmerman.
UNCW added a pair of runs in the seventh and eight innings. Sophomore
rightfielder Pete Grimm ripped a pinch-hit two-run homer, to right center,
in the eighth to complete the scoring.
Senior righthander Matt McDonnell (1-0) picked up the win, tossing three innings of no hit ball and striking out two. Senior southpaw Bryan Meadows hurled a scoreless eighth and sophomore righthander Blake Cross did likewise in the ninth.
Hemingway finished 2-for-5 with three runs batted in and a stolen base. Simmerman and Vaughn each added a pair of hits for the Seahawks. Vaughn also drove in a pair of runs.
Siena sophomore Gary Tarantino (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits and three walks in one inning. Saint starter Brent Wengert, a senior, went three innings allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out two.
UNCW junior righthander Chris Coughlin, making his first appearance since the 2000 season, struck out six in four innings while walking one and scattering three hits. Coughlin missed the entire 2001 season following "Tommy John Surgery" in the fall of 2000.
Siena will return to the diamond Friday, Feb.22, at national powerhouse Florida State for a 3:30 p.m. start.
Box score link: http://www.uncw.edu/athletics/2002%20Baseball/Bb05.htm