March 8, 2006
Wilmington, N.C. - After hitting a two-run home run to lift UNC Wilmington to a one-run win over Western Carolina Tuesday, Justin Barefoot hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon to give the Seahawks a 5-4 victory against the Catamounts on Wednesday at Brooks Field. Although Western Carolina falls to 5-6 on the season, three losses have come by just one run and on e other by just two. UNC Wilmington improves to 12-3.
In the eighth, UNCW's John Raynor reached with one out after being hit by a pitch and stole second. Jonathan Batts moved Raynor to third with an infield single and Barefoot brought home the game winner with his sacrifice fly to center.
As it did on Tuesday, Western Carolina took an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Tim Hallam started the game by being hit by a pitch and scoring two batters later with Barrett Shaft's first triple of the season. Two batters after that, Trey McDaniel plated Shaft with a single to left.
In the bottom of the third, UNCW knotted the game at 2-2. Mike Mabry had a leadoff single and scored when Chris Hatcher delivered a one-out, two-run home run over the right field wall for his fourth blast of the season.
The Seahawks took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring two runs on four hits. Kenny Smith had a leadoff single and Matt Poulk followed with a Texas-League single to left. After an out, Batts had an RBI single to right and Barefoot followed with an RBI double to right.
Western answered in the top of the seventh, tying the game with two runs. After two outs on two pitches, Donnie Wilson reached on an infield single and Hallam, who swung and missed at strike three, reached on a wild pitch. Grey Gregory made UNCW pay for the miscue by driving in Wilson with an RBI single through the right side of the infield. With runners on first and third, Shaft hit a single off the shortstop's glove to tie the game, bringing home Hallam.
For the Catamounts, Gregory, Shaft and McDaniel each had two hits. Caleb McConnell allowed two runs on three hits with two strikeouts in four innings. Corey Martin also allowed two runs over two innings with five hits and a strikeout. Greg Holland suffered the loss (0-2), surrendering his first earned run of the season. He pitched the final two innings, allowing an infield single and getting six strikeouts.
Adam Paul (1-0) was credited with the win for UNCW. Starter Jeff Hatcher had a career game, striking out seven in five innings.
Western Carolina will stay on the road for three games, opening its Southern Conference portion of the schedule with three games at Elon. Friday's game is set to start at 4 pm, Saturday's game is scheduled to start at 1 pm and Sunday's at 1:30 pm.