MOREHEAD CITY, NC – Despite hits by two-thirds of the starting lineup and a productive start by newcomer Zack Brockman, the Sharks fell to the Morehead City Marlins 3-2 on Sunday.
The Marlins took at 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second before relinquishing the tying run to Wilmington in the top of the fifth when Brett Carson (Muskingum University) scored on a triple by Trotter Harlan (College of Charleston). Morehead City rebounded with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the frame until Wilmington tied the game in the top of the seventh inning when Cody Jansen (St. Louis University) struck a solo home run. The Marlins plated their second go-ahead run in the home half of the seventh to take the eventual victory.
Brockman (Columbus State) limited Morehead City to two runs on five hits over five and one-thirds innings as he struck out three Marlins. Grant Lohmeier (Belmont College University) completed Brockman’s final inning of work allowing one hit and striking out one batter. Gavin Grubbs (Lipscomb University) was tagged with the loss allowing one run behind one hit and one walk then gave way to Blake Bennett (Jacksonville State) who delivered two strikeouts in one inning of work.
Harlan paced the Sharks offense with a 2-for-4 performance including an RBI-triple. Jansen finished the night 1-for-2 with a run scored and RBI on his home run. Carson, Taber Mongero (UNC-Wilmington), Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina University) and Andrew Ciufo (Georgetown University) each went 1-for-4 with Carson scoring a run and hitting a double.
The Sharks take the field again on the road against the Edenton Steamers on Tuesday, July 20 then return home to Buck Hardee Field against the Florence RedWolves on Thursday, July 22 in a doubleheader starting at 5:05 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 910-343-5621 and at wilmingtonsharks.com.