PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke baseball team found an offensive rhythm early in the second game of a Wednesday doubleheader against Chowan.
The Braves scored all of their runs in the first four innings of the 10-8 win and avoided a late surge by the Hawks.
Drew Cole doubled twice, drove in a trio of runs and scored three times on a perfect 4-for-4 hitting performance for the Braves and Victor Zecca scored twice on a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Newcomer Cody Adkins went 1-for-3 and doubled in a pair of runs.
UNCP (14-5) scratched the scoreboard first on an RBI single by Jordan Edgerton in the first and pushed the lead to 7-0 after sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. After trading three-run innings in the fourth, Chowan (1-14) whittled away at its deficit with a lone run in the sixth, and then took advantage of an ill-timed error by UNCP to plate four more runs in the seventh.
Evan Seymour’s two-run double down the left field line got the Hawks within two runs and put the tying run at second base, but Zach Andrews struck out Kyle Cross to slam the door on the rally.
Jordan DeLoatch (3-0) struck out seven and allowed four hits and three runs, one earned, over five innings to grab the win for the Braves, while Andrews registered the last out of the contest to pick up his second save of the season. Tyler Burden (0-2) allowed all 10 earned runs on as many hits in three innings from the mound to take the loss.
Rain cancels tennis match
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Due to heavy amounts of rainfall Wednesday’s tennis match between UNCP and Ashland was cancelled. The Braves (3-3, 1-3 PBC) continue the season on Friday in a matchup with GRU Augusta (3-3, 1-1) in Hilton Head, S.C.
Mens golf takes 2nd in Salisbury
SALISBURY — The UNCP mens golf team combined to shoot a 289 on Tuesday and tie atop the leaderboard but ultimately finished in second after Limestone birdied the first playoff hole to take team medalist honors at the Richard Rendleman Invitational on Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury.
UNCP scored four pars on the first playoff hole, but the Saints carded three pars and the match-winning birdie.
Former Robeson County champion Ian Locklear, 4-over, scored a 69 in the second round to move up to sixth place and Trent Cloninger, 5-over, finished in a four-way tie for seventh even-par 71. J.C. McFadyen, 8-over, placed 16th to round out UNCP’s high finishers.
Womens golf places 4th at Armstrong
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Junior Dana Watkins logged a 5-over-par 77 to capture her ninth career top 10 finish and lead the UNCP womens golf team to a fourth place finish at the Armstrong Atlantic Pirate Invitational on Tuesday.
Watkins, +13, finished in a five-way tie for seventh place and freshman Ashlii Thompson, +16, tied for 14th place after an 82 on Tuesday. Former Purnell Swett golfer Laura Bird, +22, finished in a tie for 30th. Armstrong Atlantic, +43, beat the rest of the field by three strokes en route to team championship honors. UNCP finished at 72-over.