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Starters Mat Batts LHP (6-5, 3.04 ERA) • Jordan Ramsey RHP (4-3, 4.36) • Blaze Tart RHP (2-0, 3.24 in 2011) Relievers Kelly Secrest LHP (5-2, 2.12) • Ricky Holden RHP (3-0, 2.28) • Jack Lane RHP (3-0, 4.05) • William Prince RHP (2-3, 2.77) • Christan MacDonald LHP (1-0, 9.53) • Justin Livengood RHP (0-0, 9.00) • Ryan Mayhew (0-0, 0.00)
PITCHING The Seahawks will again look to their starting rotation to spearhead another run at a conference title in 2013. UNCW starters fashioned a 3.94 ERA overall in 2012 and 3.27 against CAA opponents. The Seahawks did lose Tyler McSwain (9-4, 3.18 ERA, 15 starts), who anchored the staff as its Friday night starter, but return a combined 38 starts from 2012.
In the bullpen, Ricky Holden, Kelly Secrest and William Prince return following solid sophomore seasons. Holden made a career-high 26 appearances and posted a 3-0 record and tied for the staff lead with four saves. Opponents hits just. 225 against him and at one point, Holden strung together 26 consecutive shutout innings. Secrest also set a careerbest with 30 appearances and fashioned a 5-2 record and a 2.12 ERA. Mat Batts, a third-team All-CAA He struck out 45 in 51 innings and selection in 2012, returns to the rota- limited opponents to a meager .193 tion along with Jordan Ramsey, who average. Rounding out the backend earned All-Rookie honors. The duo is of the pen was Prince, who collected joined by Blaze Tart, who missed the four saves in 21 outings, all in relief. 2012 season following surgery during Prince struck out 21 in 26 innings. the middle of the 2011 season. Prior to his injury, Tart was the Seahawks Also returning to the deep staff are top pitcher, moving into the starting righthander Jack Lane and southpaw rotation early in the schedule after Christian MacDonald. Lane appeared opening in the closer’s role and post- in 27 games for the Seahawks and ing fi ve saves. went 3-0 with a 4.07 ERA. MacDonald made 14 appearances and is coming The duo of Batts, who is the off his best fall performance in his league’s top returning ERA leader at time with the Seahawks. With his fall 3.04, and Ramsey comprised two- performance, he pushed for a spot in thirds of the weekend rotation for the the starting rotation. Justin LivenSeahawks, a rotation that helped post good also is back for the Seahawks a 24-6 record, second most wins in after giving them a lift late in the seaCAA history. Ramsey allowed just one son, including a 2 1/3 inning stint of home run last season. During the sum- shutout baseball against Delaware in mer, he gained experience pitching for the championship game of the CAA Cotuit of the Cape Cod League. tournament.
Starter Drew Farber (.277-1 HR-34 RBI) Returning Josh Abshire (.167-0-0), Ryan LaGrange (.050-0-0)
Sophomore righthander Ryan Mayhew made just one appearance in 2012, but like many Seahawks, was able to make the most of his summer opportunity by playing for Front Royal of the Valley League. In 15 2/3 innings, Mayhew struck out 31 batters, averaging 17.8 strikeouts per nine innings. During the Blue-Teal World Series in the fall, he served as Blue’s closer and recorded four saves. Joining the Seahawks this season are fi ve freshmen who will have an immediate impact on what already is a deep and talented staff. Ryan Foster, Jared Gesell, Will Shepley, Nick Monroe and Evan Phillips will aid the Seahawks in a multitude of ways as rookies. Foster was an All-State selection and Central Piedmont Conference Pitcher-of-the-Year twice. Gesell was a four-year starter at High Point Christian and earned AllConference honors twice. Shepley, a southpaw, helped Salisbury Prep to a ranking of 28th nationally his senior season while going 7-0 with a 0.46 ERA. Monroe, meanwhile, fi nished his prep career with a pair of All-State honors and 387 strikeouts. Rounding out the newcomers is Phillips, who was drafted by Kansas City in the 2012 MLB Draft. He posted a 5-2 mark with 109 strikeouts in 61 innings for Clayton.
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CATCHER Returning for the Seahawks are Drew Farber and Josh Abshire. Farber played in 55 games for the Seahawks, including 53 as a starter in 2012. He fi nished with one homer and 34 runs batted in while handling a pitching staff that ranked 62nd nationally with a 3.61 ERA. Farber joined Daniel Marsh (1999-00) and Cody Stanley (2010) as Seahawk catchers since 1998 to start 50 or more games behind the plate. Abshire, who made eight starts in the outfi eld for UNCW in 2012, started seven games behind the plate as a freshman in 2011. Abshire had a strong fall season, splitting time behind the plate and in the outfi eld. Junior infi elder Ryan LaGrange also moved behind the plate in the fall and showed a knack for the position. LaGrange is solid defender in the fi eld as well as behind the plate with a strong arm. Sophomore Justin Manning saw limited time as a freshman for the Seahawks. Manning hit .307 and made the All-Star game for the Southern Collegiate Baseball League over the summer. Freshman Gavin Stupienski missed
Published on Jan 25, 2013