WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Sharks matched the weather that induced a forty minute delay at Buck Hardee Field by raining hits upon the Holly Springs Salamanders in a 19-8 victory in seven innings.
The Sharks batted around the order in two of the first three innings producing eight runs on four hits in the first and six runs and three hits in the third. High winds and spurts of heavy rain brought upon the aforementioned delay in the top of the fourth inning with one out and the Sharks leading 14-7. After the delay and pitching changes by both clubs, Wilmington outscored Holly Springs 5-1 before the game concluded in under the mercy rule.
Shortstop Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) produced three of Wilmington’s 13 hits in a 3-for-4 performance with a double, four runs scored, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Taber Mongero (UNC-Wilmington) further improved his batting average to .330 with a 3-for-3 night with a double, two runs scored, three RBIs and a stolen base. Rightfielder Trotter Harlan added two hits in four at-bats including a double, a run scored and a pair of RBI.
John Behrends (Belmont University) and Rich Ciufo (Richmond University) each added 1-for-3 performances with doubles and RBIs as Behrends crossed the plate with three runs and Ciufo scored two runs. Zack Budzik (UNC-Greensboro) went 1-for-4, scored two runs and plated two more RBIs. Jack Lynch (Ithaca College) and Donald Hansis (College of Charleston) both pinch-hit after the weather delay and came across with runs as Hansis pushed in an RBI.
David Smith (University of Connecticut) drew three walks then came around to score twice and Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina University) finished the night 0-for-3 with an RBI, walk and a run scored.
The starting nod went to right-hander Zack Brockman (Columbus State) as he pitched three and one-third innings allowing seven runs on as many hits and walked four Salamanders. Austin Skipper (William Peace University) earned the victory in relief when he took the mound after the weather delay and limited Holly Springs to one run over the final three and two-third innings of the matchup. Skipper struck out six, walked one batter and allowed two hits on 38 total pitches.
The Sharks return home to Buck Hardee Field on Friday, July 30 to face the Florence RedWolves with a scheduled first pitch time at 7:05 PM. Tickets are available for purchase at wilmingtonsharks.com or by calling 910-343-5621.