PEMBROKE — UNCP senior Brett Huffman continued a recent power surge on Wednesday.
Hffman homered for the second time in the last four games to give the No. 14 University of North Carolina at Pembroke baseball team a lead it never gave up as the Braves beat Erskine in a 12-3 rout.
The win was the fourth in the last five games for the Braves (11-3), who are 7-1 at home this season. It snapped Erskine’s (10-2) nine-game win streak.
Erskine scored first on a two-out single by Cody Spence’s in the second, but Huffman hit a towering three-run home run in the bottom of the inning to put UNCP up for good. The Braves led 9-2 by the end of the fourth inning, and then added three insurance runs in the seventh.
Max Gagnon, who went 3-for-4 with two runs, and Drew Cole, who went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, led the Braves offensively. Daniel Fraga also scored three times on a 2-for-4 outing and Ben Schmucker registered a pair of hits as well.
Jordan DeLoatch (2-0) struck out five and allowed three runs, two earned, over seven innings pitched and earned the win in his second straight appearance. Former Fairmont star Alex Britt and Zach Andrews both pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Softball swept by No. 24 Wingate
PEMBROKE — Despite scoring the first run of the game, the UNCP softball team couldn’t hold off the offensive charge of No. 24 Wingate on Wednesday night as the Bulldogs finished a series sweep with a 9-1 win.
UNCP (8-6) fell in its third-straight game and suffered its first sweep of the season, while Wingate (12-2) logged its third sweep this year.
“You have to give a lot of credit to Wingate. They always find a way to get it done,” said UNCP coach Brittany Bennett. “It was definitely tough today and I didn’t like how it ended, but we will go to work on it and figure it out.”
The Bulldogs totaled 13 hits, including four from Olivia Smith, who also had three RBI. Six other batters had at least one run, with three scoring at least twice.
The Lady Braves tallied six hits, two from junior Brea Hartley. Whitney Jackson opened the game with a single through the left side and scored on a double by Caitlin Steel.
Junior Selena Ashley (5-2) spent the first five innings in the circle for UNCP before being relieved by Katy Austin the in final inning. Ashley allowed seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits and Austin gave up two earned runs on three hits.
Rain postpones tennis match
PEMBROKE — Due to heavy rain, Tuesday’s tennis match with Francis Marion was postponed until April 9 in Florence, S.C. The match is slated to begin a 2:30 p.m. The Braves will resume their normal schedule on Monday at No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic.
UNCP soccer alum to play in Norway
PEMBROKE — Former UNCP soccer defender Fanny Forsman has inked a contract to continue her career on the professional level with Ovrevoll Hosle IL, a club in one of the largest organizations in Norway.
“I am really excited about signing with them. It’s a division one team, the second highest division and it’s the one under the top league,” Forsman said.
Ovrevoll Hosle IL plays in the second highest division in Norway, and has many different sports within the organizations. The club was founded in 2007 as a merger of Ovrevoll BK and Hosle IL.
Forsman, a Borås, Sweden native, graduated as one of the most decorated players in UNCP women’s soccer history, receiving multiple honors for her efforts on the pitch and in the classroom. She started 69 games, tallying 28 points, including 10 goals and eight assists.