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‘Emotions were very high’ UNCW Softball rides Hammock’s 159 pitches and a 5-run 11th to CAA championship



Seahawk freshman Madison Biddle broke open the game with a 2-run single

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WWAY) – After moving the game up two hours due to weather concerns, the Seahawks needed more than three hours to hold off Delaware and advance to Saturday’s CAA Championship.

“That was definitely one of the most intense games I’ve ever been a part of,” said head coach Ashley Wade. “It was just a phenomenal and emotional game and so much fun to be a part of.”

Even though the game was scoreless through 10 innings, there wasn’t a shortage of scoring chances. Delaware left 13 runners on base Friday. But timely pitching and defense kept the shutout intact.

“The whole time I was telling myself to trust the defense,” said junior pitcher Kara Hammock, who threw her 14th complete game of the season. She admits she was ‘exhausted to start the bottom of the 11th but knew she could finish it. “Today was just so special. We did it for the seniors. Knowing the heart (they) have, that’s why I wanted to do it. I just wanted to get them that win so we can keep going. We have six people graduating. This is what they’ve been working for.”

The game was gridlocked until freshman Madison Biddle slapped a single through the right side of the infield with the bases loaded.

“I hit that ball and I watched it,” laughed the freshman Biddle, who admits this was the biggest hit of her young career. “When I got to first I didn’t know what to do I was at a loss. Seeing my team cheer my on, I got to hype at first base.”

UNCW’s 32nd win of the season secures them two chances at the title Saturday. Either Campbell, Stony Brook or Delaware would have to defeat the Seahawks twice after playing twice Friday.

First pitch is still scheduled for noon, but weather could change that, as it did for Friday.

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