WINGATE — All-American Jordan Edgerton had a pair of solo homers to help the 16th-ranked University of North Carolina at Pembroke baseball team clinch its weekend series with Wingate on a 9-6 win.
The performance marked the fourth career multi-homer outing for Edgerton who drove in four runs and scored three times on a 4-for-5 day at the plate for the Braves (27-10). Dalton Knight doubled and scored on a 2-for-4 hitting line, while Brett Huffman singled twice on four trips to the plate as well.
Eric Serra homered for the second-straight day and drove in four runs on a 2-for-4 outing for the Bulldogs (23-12).
Garrett Hickman earned his Peach Belt Conference-leading eight win of the season despite allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits and six walks in 7-1/3 innings from the hill. Zach Andrews spelled Hickman with one out in the eighth and grabbed his sixth save of the campaign with 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Stephen Vaughan (1-3) took the loss for Wingate after yielding seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits in just five innings of work.
The Braves tacked up runs in five of the first six innings to lug an 8-0 advantage into the seventh, but Wingate used Serra’s three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, and then crossed the plate three more times in the eighth to put the Braves on their heels.
Edgerton hit a leadoff home run in the ninth to provide the final score.
Softball comeback stopped short
AIKEN, S.C. — A late comeback in the sixth and seventh innings by the UNC Pembroke softball team tied up the contest with USC Aiken, but a line drive base hit with bases loaded gave the Pacers the game-winning score to take the Peach Belt Conference sweep, 6-5, in eight innings on Saturday afternoon.
The loss was the ninth-straight for UNCP (17-21, 5-11 PBC), which has been swept by the past four league opponents, while USC Aiken (26-11, 9-5) extended its winning-streak to three games.
Sophomore Kaytee Wilson led UNCP in hits as she went 2-for-4 from the plate and scored one run.
The Pacers combined for 14 hits as Kaitlyn White and Ashley Metts each collected three hits each.
Tennis swept by Georgia College
PEMBROKE — No. 26 Georgia College was perfect in both doubles and singles action as the Bobcats defeated the UNC Pembroke tennis team, 9-0, on Saturday afternoon in Peach Belt Conference action at the UNCP Varsity Tennis Courts.
The first Georgia College (13-4, 6-2 PBC) point of the day came at the No. 3 doubles court as Katie Krupp and Cristalei Polk topped Morgan Sheehan and Monica Espitia, 8-1. The Bobcats earned another team point as Camille Calusse-Pujo and Ivana Marevic bested Shelby Bickel and Hannah Herlocker, 8-2, at the first court. Rounding out the doubles sweep Macy Polk and Hannah Serdinia shut down Gabriela van Ooststroom and Leigh-Anne McAfee, 8-3, in the No. 2 doubles contest.
The Bobcats kept rolling through singles play as Cristalei Polk took a quick win from van Ooststroom in two sets of 6-0 at the fourth court. McAfee lost to Macy Polk, 6-1, 6-3, while Bickel fell to Clausse-Pujo, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. In the No. 3 singles matchup Marevic was too much for Herlocker as she gave Georgia College a point after a 6-2, 6-0 singles victory, and in the No. 5 singles tilt Seredinia handed Espitia a 6-1, 6-0 setback.
Madeline DiNunzio fought hard, forcing a third-set tiebreaker against Krupp in the final singles contest of the day at the sixth court. Krupp won set one, 6-2, but DiNunzio came back with a 6-2 win in the second set. The super set went in favor of the Bobcats however, as Krupp pulled out the 10-3 win.