March 20, 2005
Four UNC Wilmington pitchers scattered six hits as the Seahawks downed Siena, 9-4, in the opening game of a three-game weekend baseball series Saturday at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks won their fourth consecutive game to improve to 11-10 on the season, while the dropped their third straight to dip to 2-7.
Senior righthander Ronald Hill evened his record at 3-3 on the season by working five innings. He allowed three earned runs on three hits, walking four and striking out four. He induced eight ground ball outs in his five-inning stint. Hill, Blake Hundley, Chris Hatcher and Adam Paul combined to strike out 10 batters in the contest.
Junior southpaw John Lannan took the loss to fall to 1-2. He allowed five earned runs on six hits over four innings, walking three and striking out five.
Senior outfielder Tim Preston went 3-for-4 to pace UNCW's 13-hit attack. Junior outfielder John Raynor also went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in for the Seahawks. Six different players had a hit apiece for the Saints, who also committed a pair of errors.
After Preston's sacrifice fly scored Chris Hatcher with UNCW's first tally in the bottom half of the first, the Seahawks added two more runs in the bottom half of the second for a 3-0 cushion. In the second, Raynor led off with a single, stole second and scored on Daniel Hargrave's RBI single to right. Hargrave then advanced to second on Justin Barefoot's groundout to the pitcher and raced home on a run-scoring single by Kenny Smith.
The Seahawks tacked on two more runs in the third to push the lead to 5-0. Hatcher and Matt Poulk drew back-to-back walks to start the rally. After Hatcher got thrown out at third on an attempted double steal and Preston fanned, Mark Carver delivered an RBI single to center to plate Poulk and Raynor followed with an RBI double over the head of Siena rightfielder Scott King.
Siena cut the deficit to 5-3 with a three-spot in the top half of the fourth. Pete Paris walked and Gabe Perez reached on an infield single to deep short. Scott King then crushed Hill's first offering over the 380-foot mark in center for three RBI's and his first home run of the campaign.
UNCW broke the game open with four runs in a rain-marred fifth to build a 9-3 lead. Poulk ripped the first of four consecutive singles to kick start the rally and Carver, Raynor, Jonathon Batts and Michael Marby picked up RBI's in the big inning. The outburst featured a 30-minute rain delay.
Siena scored a run off UNCW reliever Blake Hundley in the top half of the seventh. With out one, Eric Hildenbrand doubled at the base of the leftfield wall and scored Siena's fourth run on Michael Ambury.
The Seahawks and Saints play the second game of their third-game series on Sunday with a 2 p.m. matchup.