No. 16 UNC-Pembroke blasts Chowan
Maoz totals five RBIs, scores three runs to lead charge for Braves
PEMBROKE, N.C. -- No. 16 UNC-Pembroke pounded out a season-high 17 hits and scored three or more runs in three different innings behind senior Alex Pearce's first career start en route to a 13-3 rout of visiting Chowan on Tuesday afternoon at Sammy Cox Field.
Senior Eitan Maoz booked a career day at the plate by driving in five runs and scoring three times on a 4-for-4 hitting line, while sophomore Max Gagnon tallied a perfect 3-for-3 showing at the plate for the Braves (4-0). Seniors Josh Haley and J.J. Williams both turned in 2-for-4 afternoons for the hosts as well. Three players grabbed a pair of hits for Chowan (3-2), including Justin Bagbey who homered in a pair of runs in the first.
Pearce (1-0) shook off early nerves to strike out four and allow three earned runs in six innings from the hill to notch his first career victory. Tyler Ross (0-2) yielded six earned runs on 10 hits across five innings to saddle the loss for the Hawks.
Bagbey's two-run homer with two outs in the first gave Chowan a short-lived lead because the Braves would strike for three of their own in the bottom of the frame to take a lead they would never relinquish. Maoz pushed UNCP's lead out to 4-2 with a solo job in the third, but Chowan answered with a run in the fourth on a sac fly from the bat of Brandon Mack.
Sparked by a triple from Williams, the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate in tacking up six runs in the sixth, and then added three more runs in the seventh inning to put the game away.