Jordan Ramsey and two relievers combined to blank The Citadel on eight hits as UNC Wilmington evened the series with a 2-0 victory on Friday at Riley Park.
After taking Saturday off for graduation ceremonies, the teams will conclude the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Wilmington. The Citadel opened the set with a 1-0 victory on Friday.
Ramsey went the first six innings, allowing four hits while striking out four and picked up his second win of the season. Cory Gantz got the first two outs of the seventh before Kelly Secrest went the rest of the way for his fourth save, including a strikeout with the potential tying runs on base.
Austin Mason took the loss for the Bulldogs (20-30) despite surrendering only five hits and one unearned run in six frames. He walked one and struck out three. Zach Lavery worked 2.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run with a pair of strikeouts.
Drew DeKerlegand had three of The Citadel's eight hits to raise his team-leading batting average to .347. The senior left fielder has hit safely in 17 of the last 18 and 26 of the last 30 games, going 43 for 106 (.406) over the latter stretch, and has reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in 31 consecutive contests.
The Seahawks (24-24) scored bookend runs in the first and ninth and worked around several Citadel threats. UNCW tallied the only run it would need in the first when Steven Linkous walked, moved to third on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt and a ground out and scored on a base hit by Luke Dunlap.
Dunlap had three hits and has six in first two games of the series.
The Bulldogs had several chances to tie or take the lead, with the biggest threat coming in the fourth. Bo Thompson, Tyler Griffin and DeKerlegand all singled with one out to load the bases, but Ramsey was able to wriggle out of trouble.
Two innings later, Hughston Armstrong led off with a walk and Thompson sent a rocket right at third baseman Linkous, who turned it into a 5-4-3 double play. DeKerlegand singled and was sacrificed to second in the seventh but was stranded, and a Thompson line drive to the warning track in left resulted in more Bulldog frustration.
In all, The Citadel left eight runners on base including five in scoring position.
The Seahawks tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single by Ryan LaGrange. In the bottom of the inning, DeKerlegand recorded his third hit of the day and Calvin Orth blooped a base hit in front of second baseman Terence Connelly with two outs before Secrest shut the door.