Saints Lose Series Finale at Wilmington
March 21, 2005
Senior righthander Jeff Moore hurled six strong innings to power UNC Wilmington to a 7-2 college baseball victory Monday over Siena, completing a three-game sweep of the Saints at Brooks Field.
The Seahawks won their season-high sixth straight to push their record to 13-10 overall and completed a successful seven-game homestand with their sixth victory after dropping the opener to N.C. State.
The Saints, meanwhile, fell to 2-9 and remain winless after three games of a seven-game southern trip.
Senior righthander Jeff Moore, making only his third career start, surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings. He walked just one batter and struck out seven to match his career-best in that category.
Freshman righty Craig Chaput (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the year, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out four.
Freshman Mark Carver went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in to lead the Seahawks offensively. Freshman outfielder Jason Appel went 2-for-4 and scored twice while sophomore designated hitter Jonathan Batts went 2-for-3 for the Seahawks, who also had six stolen bases on the day.
Freshman third baseman Chris Klepps was the only player with more than one hit for the Saints. Klepps went 2-for-5 with a double for Siena.
UNCW sent nine men to the plate and scored three runs in the bottom half of the first to jump on the Saints early. Appel reached on a high and after Matt Poulk struck out, advanced to second on Tim Preston's ground-out to short. Appel took third on a balk by Chaput and Batts walked and stole second, setting up a two-out, two-run single by junior outfielder John Raynor. Lee McLean then walked and Carver delivered an RBI single to left to stake UNCW to a 3-0 cushion.
In the top of the second, freshman catcher Pete Paris doubled into the rightfield corner for his first hit of the weekend series to open the frame. Two outs later, Billy Lazio drilled Moore's first offering through the box, plating Paris and cutting the deficit to 3-1.
The Seahawks answered with single runs in the second and third to increase the lead to 5-1. Preston cracked a sacrifice fly in the second to score Appel and Carver's triple down the rightfield line plated Raynor with the fifth run.
Siena scored once with two outs in the top of the fifth to slice the deficit to 5-2. After John Wilkes and Matt Vitalone grounded out, Klepps singled to left and took second on a throwing error by Preston. Sophomore second baseman Lou Gattozzi then delivered an RBI single to score Kleppe and Scott King kept the rally going with a single through the right side. Preston redeemed himself, however, by recording the final out, collecting a foul ball by Paris against the tarp down the leftfield line.
UNCW pushed the margin to 7-2 with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Batts singled to center, stole second and took third on Raynor's grounder to short. McLean then lofted a sacrifice fly to score Batts for UNCW's sixth tally. Chapot then beaned Carver and the rookie catcher came all the way around to score when Kenny Smith lined a triple over the head of Lazio in left.
The Seahawks hit the road Wednesday for a 7 p.m. matchup at rival East Carolina, while the Saints continue their southern tour with a 6 p.m. start Tuesday at Campbell's Taylor Field.