Eighth Inning Rally Costs Tribe Baseball in Series Finale at UNCW

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Courtesy TribeAthletics.com
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WILMINGTON, N.C. – For the second straight day, UNCW scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete a comeback against the William & Mary baseball team.

The Seahawks took game three of the three game set 6-5, and improved to 25-8, 8-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Tribe falls to 14-18, 6-6 in league play.

Juniors Ryan Hissey and Charley Gould led the Tribe in the setback. Both had a pair of hits and homered in the game. Hissey finished with three RBI, while Gould had just one.

UNCW nearly scored a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Tribe was able to cut down the run at the plate. Zach Shields started the rally with a single. With two outs, Gavin Stupenski singled to center, and Shields tried to score from first, but a relay from junior Josh Smith, freshman Cullen Large, and Hissey cut the run off at the plate.

W&M jumped on the board first with three runs in the top of the third inning. Freshman Ryan Hall started the rally with a walk, moving to second on an infield single from Large. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, before Hissey blasted a towering homer over the right field wall. The junior’s ninth homer of the season, put the Tribe up a 3-0.

The Seahawks took advantage of an unearned run to score their first run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Luke Dunlap reached second on a Tribe throwing error. The next batter, Terence Connelly singled into left, scoring Dunlap and cut the Tribe lead to 3-1.

UNCW added a run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Steven Linkous reached on a single to start the rally, moving to second on a groundout. With two outs, Casey Golden doubled down the left field line, making the score 3-2.

The Tribe scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning to extend its lead. Gould led off the inning with his team-high 10th home run of the season. The next batter, senior Willie Shaw walked, later stealing second. With two outs, senior Devin White belted a single into right field, giving W&M a 5-3 advantage.

UNCW scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to give them its first lead of the game. Luke Dunlap led off the inning with a walk, moving to second when Connelly walked. The next batter, Andy Austin doubled brining home the first run of the inning for the Hawks. Thorburn followed with a single to center field, tying the score. After a pair of outs, Shields singled to center, giving UNCW its first lead at 6-5.

The Green and Gold loaded the bases with one out in the top of the ninth inning. However, the Seahawks were able to end the game with a double play, halting the Tribe rally.

Junior Aaron Fernandez turned his fourth quality start of the season, but didn’t factor into the decision. He tossed six innings, scattering seven hits, and allowed one unearned run. The junior had four punchouts in the contest.  Freshman Charlie Fletcher was charged with his first loss of the season. He allowed two runs on four hits in one inning of work.

The College returns home for the first time since in 16 days when they welcome Old Dominion to Plumeri Park on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. W&M hits the road to face Virginia on Wednesday before returning home to face James Madison in a three-game CAA series starting Friday.