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Diamond Braves roll past Flagler

By Jonathan Bym
Asst. Sports Editor

March 29, 2012

Photo by Mindy Hubbard
UNCP's Alex Pearce delivers a pitch against Flagler in game three. He threw his first career complete game while striking out five batters.

The UNCP baseball team swept PBC foe Flagler in commanding fashion as the Braves outscored the Saints 30-13 in the three game home series at Sammy Cox Field on March 25 and 26.

Game One

In game one of the series the Black and Gold ran out to an early 3-1 advantage that proved enough to take the game one win.

Senior Josh Haley led the UNCP attack at the plate as he went 3-for-4 on the day. Fellow seniors Eitan Maoz, Aaron Parnell and Kyle Adair each had one hit apiece.

After allowing Flagler to plate one run in the top of the first inning, the Braves came in to bat looking to take the early lead.

Adair's lone hit of the game came in the first frame. With runners on the corners and one out, Adair drove a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence for a three- run homer.

The Saints were able to tie the score later in the game as the visitors posted one run in the third and four innings.

The Black and Gold scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a late lead that proved to be the deciding factor.

Maoz recorded a two RBI single to right to give UNCP a two run lead.

Braxton Lewis came on in the top of the ninth for the Black and Gold looking to record the save.

Lewis struck out one while allowing only one hit en route to his ninth save of the season securing the Braves 5-3 win.

Game Two

Another strong first in- ning at the plate for the Black and Gold allowed UNCP to coast to a 9-3 win in game two.

The Braves posted six runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first as all nine batters came to the plate in the inning.

With the bases loaded early in the inning, freshman Dalton Knight recorded a two RBI single. Third baseman Jordan Edgerton recorded an RBI single to give UNCP a 3-0 lead.

With runners on first and third base, senior right fielder Brad Bridgeman deposited a three-run shot over the right field fence to give the Braves a 6-0 lead.

UNCP posted lone runs in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings to stretch the lead to six for the win.

Game three

The Braves captured game three of the weekend series with a convincing 16- 5 win.

Edgerton and Maoz both went 3-for-5 at the plate. Edgerton scored four runs while Maoz plated two runs on the day.

The score was tied after three innings of action as UNCP posted one run in each of the first two frames.

The Black and Gold used two four run innings in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to give UNCP an eight-run lead.

After posting two runs earlier in the fourth, UNCP continued to attack, as Bridgeman doubled down the left field line to score Edgerton.

In the following at bat, Gagnon recorded a RBI single. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Braves loaded the bases with one out.

After back-to-back fielder's choices scored two in the fifth, Gagnon sent a double into the outfield to score two runs to make it an eight run game.

The bottom of the eighth saw the Black and Gold post six runs on the scoreboard to finish off the game.

Alex Pearce pitched all nine innings as he fanned five and only allowed 11 hits for the Braves.

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