March 20, 2005
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Freshman outfielder Jason Appel's single though the right side broke a 3-all tie in the bottom of the eighth as UNC Wilmington rallied with four runs for a 7-3 win over Siena in college baseball action Sunday at Brooks Field.
The win moves UNCW's mark to 12-10 and extends its winning streak to a season-high five straight. Siena, meanwhile, dips to 2-8 and has lost its last four. The series concludes Monday at 3 p.m.
UNCW senior Zach Kimball struck out a season-high seven, while allowing one run on eight hits over six innings, but did not figure in the decision. Junior Adam Paul (2-0) earned the win in relief. UNCW collected 14 hits with five players collecting two hits apiece. Senior Tim Preston extended his hitting streak to a season-long 10 games with a pair of hits and two runs batted in and junior third baseman Matt Poulk scored twice and also added two hits. Appel finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in.
Sophomore reliever Trevor Reid (0-3) allowed five runs on eight hits in two innings to take the loss. Siena starter Josh Burnett held the Seahawks to two runs on six hits over six innings. Sophomore second baseman Lou Gattozzi led the Siena lineup with three hits and junior first baseman Steve Ballas added two.
The Saints plated the first run of the game with one out in the fifth. Freshman shortstop Chris Klepps singled with one out to start the rally and moved to second one batter later on Gattozzi's single to left. Junior outfielder Scott King drove in his fourth run in two games with a single to center scoring Klepps.
UNCW scored two in the sixth to take the lead. Consecutive singles by sophomore designated hitter Jonathan Batts and junior outfielder John Raynor opened the inning and came around to score on junior second baseman Lee McLean's one-out double off the right field wall.
Batts pushed the lead to 3-1 in the seventh with a RBI single. Poulk had singled and moved into scoring position by stealing second base.
Siena drew even with two unearned runs in the top of the eighth. Freshman third baseman Jacob Willis walked with one out off UNCW reliever Allen Flood and moved to second on a wild pitch. Freshman pinch hitter Rick Selzter reached safely on a throwing error by UNCW second baseman Kenny Smith that allowed Willis to score. Junior catcher Eric Hildenbrand knotted the game at 3-all with a RBI single to center scoring Seltzer.
In the eighth, Smith singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Appel singled on a 1-0 count to bring Smith around from second. Sophomore catcher Chris Hatcher moved Appel to third with a single to center and Poulk doubled to right scoring Appel and Preston drove in the final two runs with a single through a drawn in infield.