Wilmington, NC - Pride starter Dave Jesch held UNCW to one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings and Brett Schreiber collected his school record 15th career save as Hofstra downed the Seahawks, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at Brooks Field. The victory gave Hofstra the series win, two games to one.
The Pride raised its record to 13-12 overall and 3-3 in the CAA. The Seahawks slipped to 17-18 overall and 3-5 in league action.
Jesch struck out four Seahawks to improve to 3-1 on the year. The junior allowed a second inning run that tied the score at 1-1 and then allowed just two base runners until there were two out in the seventh. Schreiber came on and picked up his sixth save of the season. The senior pitched out of bases-loaded situations in both the eighth and ninth innings. The save pushed Schreiber into sole possession of Hofstra’s career saves mark with 15, one better than Jeff Denlea.
Hofstra had just five hits in the contest, but managed to score a run in the second and a run in the fourth without a hit. In the second, Kenny Jackson walked, went to second on a passed ball and then came around to score on a pair of groundouts. In the fourth, Matt Ford walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. Two batters later he came in on a fielder’s choice grounder by David Leiderman to give the Pride the lead, 2-1.
Brad Witkowski provided an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth to score Leiderman.
Nick Monroe (1-3) took the loss for UNCW after allowing two runs on one hit and a pair of walks over 3 1/3 innings.
The Pride return to action Tuesday at NYIT.