WILMINGTON, N.C. - UNC-Wilmington used a three-run third inning to go up 4-0 on College of Charleston and eventually win 7-3 on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
With the win, the Seahawks (10-10) won their second game in a week against the College of Charleston (15-6).
Tyler Molinaro led the way for UNC-Wilmington with a 3-5 day at the plate, including a two-run home run to add insurance in the eighth inning. Jack Lane (1-0) picked up the win for the Seahawks. UNC-Wilmington tallied 12 hits, while allowing only six CofC hits.
Ryan West (2-2) was tagged with the loss as he allowed four runs and seven hits in 2.2 innings. The CofC bullpen did well to limit Wilmington to just one run until the home run in the eighth inning.
Junior Dre Watts hit his first home run of the season, and Ryan Welke hit a double and scored a run.
Despite a diving grab by Cody Martin to rob a double in the second inning, UNCW was able to load the bases and walk in a run with two outs to take a 1-0 lead.
The Seahawks then added three more runs on three straight singles by Molinaro, Thomas Pope and Hunter Ridge and a two-out double from Corey Dick to build a 4-0 lead after the third frame.
UNC-Wilmington continued to find holes with three singles in the fourth, including an RBI by Pope, to load the bases with just one out. However, a strikeout from reliever Drew Freie and a groundout got out of the inning with CofC down 5-0.
College of Charleston's offense awoke in the fifth inning with a leadoff solo home run from Dre Watts, his first of the season. Watts has come on in the last week, hitting 5-11 since his three-walk performance against UNCW last Tuesday.
In the seventh inning, CofC's Ryan Welke reached on a hard-hit double and advanced to third on a single by Gunnar Heidt. Bradley Goodson picked up an RBI with a hard-hit grounder that bounced off the shortstop for an error and scored Welke. With two outs, Marty Gantt singled to right field to score Heidt and extend his reached base streak to 18 games, making the score 5-3 after the top of the seventh.
Despite the CofC run, UNC-Wilmington's Tyler Molinaro put the game out of reach in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run home run to right field to extend the lead to 7-3.
The Cougars will play at Charleston Southern tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. in North Charleston, S.C.