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2016 Columbia Regional: UNC-Wilmington Beats Rhode Island 11-7

UNC-Wilmington stayed undefeated in the Columbia Regional on Saturday night

After coming from behind to beat South Carolina on Friday night, Rhode Island couldn't rally for a second night in Columbia.

The scoring started early, as the Seahawks took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Steven Linkous led off with a single, then came home on a Brian Mims RBI triple. With one out, Nick Feight came through with an RB sac fly to bring Mims across home plate. Their lead was shortlived, though, because the Rams tied things up in the bottom of the inning. Rhode Island's first run came courtesy of a one-out homer by Martin Figueroa, which was followed by a one-out single from Jordan Powell, who eventually came home on an RBI sac fly by Connor Foreman to make it 2-2.

UNC-W added three more runs in the next inning. With one out, Zack Canada and Robbie Thorburn each singled, then Kennard McDowell went yard to put the Seahawks up 5-2. The Rams responded in the bottom of the inning, though, cutting the lead to just one run. With two outs, Chris Hess knocked a base hit, Figueroa doubled, and Powell brought them both home with a single to make the score 5-4.

Rhode Island took their first lead of the night in the third inning. Foreman singled with one out, then with two outs, Mike Corin homered to put the Rams up 6-5.

In the next inning, the scoring continued as UNC-W tied the game again on a leadoff home run from Thorburn. The Seahawks then regained the lead in the fifth inning. Feight started things off with a double, then came home on an RBI base hit by Daniel Stack. Canada followed with a three-run blast that made it 10-5 UNC-W. Rhode Island again responded in the bottom of the inning, though they were only able to muster one run. With two outs, Corin reached first thanks to an error, advanced on a wild pitch, and made it home when Hess doubled.

The final run of the night belonged came in the next inning, when the Seahawks' Gavin Stupienski led off with a home run.

UNC-W starting pitcher Alex Royalty lasted just 1.2 innings, allowing six hits, four runs, walking zero batters and striking out one. Austin Easter and Austin Magestro combined to go the rest of the way, with Easter getting the win. Rams starter Steve Moyers, who took the loss, worked four innings and gave up 12 hits, 10 runs, walked zero batters and struck out two. Nick Johnson also pitched for Rhode Island.

With the win, the Seahawks advance in the winner's bracket and will play the winner of tomorrow's elimination game, which is a rematch between Rhode Island and South Carolina. First pitch in the elimination game is set for noon, while the second game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.