June 1, 2013
Early O, Late D Help UNCW
By Phil Stanton
CBI Co-Founder @roadtoomaha
(photos by Joe Browning)
Va. – UNC Wilmington had a thunderous start at the plate
and a memorable finish defensively.
The second-seeded Seahawks built an early 9-1
lead and turned a triple play to end the contest in a 9-5
victory over fourth-seeded Army in Game 3 of the Charlottesville
Regional at Davenport Field.
UNCW (38-22) will face the
loser of the Virginia-Elon contest on Sunday at 1 p.m. in an
elimination contest. The Black Knights end their season with a
record of 29-23.
The Seahawks had RBI singles by Luke Dunlap,
Tyler Molinaro and Matt Keeler in the top of the first to take
an early 3-0 lead.
Army rallied in the bottom of the first. Alex
Jensen and Mark McCants had two-out singles. Patrick Mescher had
an infield hit to short. Jensen rounded third too far, but an
errant throw allowed Jensen to score and cut the deficit to 3-1.
Molinaro and Ryan LaGrange
delivered run-scoring singles in the second, and Corey Dick had
a leadoff homer in the third as the Seahawks extended their lead
a native of Charlottesville, walked and scored on a passed ball,
while Keeler and Drew Farber added run-scoring hits in the
fourth as UNCW stretched its lead to 9-1.
The Knights would not go away. Andrew Johnson and
Dakari Cooke drew walks to start the fifth and a double steal
put both in scoring position. Grant Van Orden sent a fly ball to
right, deep enough to score Johnson. Molinaro fired to third and
nailed Cooke to clear the bases, making it a 9-2 game.
Army scored three in the sixth. Harold Earls
doubled and scored on a balk, while McCants and Johnson both had
RBI singles to narrow the gap to 9-5. The Knights put runners on
in the seventh, but no runs.
In the bottom of the ninth, Cooke reached on an
error and Van Orden drew a walk. Crucetti struck out, with Van
Orden moving on the pitch. Cooke started toward third and
retreated to second, joining Van Orden on the bag. Being the
trail runner, Van Orden was out. But Cooke took off toward third
and was tagged out, completing the triple play and ending the
season for Army. It was the second triple play in UNCW history
and the first since 1972 against Methodist.