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Spartans Explode for 19 Runs and Sweep Series with Binghamton

UNCGSpartans.com 02-28-2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG Baseball team used 23 hits to score 19 runs to sweep the Binghamton Bearcats on Sunday afternoon at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.  The Spartans improve to 6-1 on the season, while Binghamton falls to 1-6.  The series sweep is the first of its kind since April 25-27, 2014 when UNCG took three games from then Southern Conference opponent, Elon.  The 6-1 start is the best start to a season under Link Jarrett

“I’m happy all-around with our performance this weekend.” Head Coach Link Jarrett said, “Offensively, I’m impressed.  We ran the bases really well.  Taking the extra bases on balls in the dirt, going first to third and stealing a couple bases too. I’m very pleased with our offense today.  It was good to have guys who’ve been ready to play come in and produce.  (JoJo) Underwood comes in and hits a bullet to center, and Cesar Trejo comes in and hits a bullet off the bench.  Binghamton is a scrappy team and they’re really competitive.  We got to their starter early and got to their bullpen.  Anytime you can get that starting pitcher out of there you have a chance to put some runs on the board.  (Matt) Frisbee had a better start today; there was one play that if it ends up differently, has an effect as to how long his start is. But our bullpen was in good shape so we could go to them early.  Our defense, our base running, things we spend all week trying to improve on, and I saw that in today’s game.” 

Every Spartan who got an at bat in Sunday’s game recorded at least one hit.  Collin Woody (Tampa, Fla./College of Central Florida) led the charge with a perfect 4-for-4 performance with two doubles, two RBI and scored four runs.  Ryne Sigmon (Danville Va./Danville CC) also collected four hits, finishing with three RBI, two doubles and two runs scored. 

Jake Kusz (Durham, N.C./Riverside) and Michael Goss (Cartersville, Ga./Chattanooga St. CC) each had three hits, both with doubles.  Goss drove in four runs and scored twice, while Kusz brought in two and scored two more. Dillon Stewart (Dunn, N.C./Brunswick CC) belted his team-leading third home run of the season; to go with two RBI and a run scored.  Ben Spitznagel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) had a pair of hits, with an RBI and a run scored.

Tripp Shelton (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth), L.J. Kalawaia (Wailuku, Hawai’i/Ohlone College), and Andrew Moritz (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) each finished with one hit.  JoJo Underwood (Cartersville, Ga./Chattanooga St. CC) and Cesar Trejo (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) made the most of their pinch-hit appearances, recording hits. 

Matt Frisbee (Candler, N.C./Enka) started on the mound for the Spartans and threw 3-plus innings, allowing five hits, and three earned runs while earning three strikeouts.  Ben Kerner (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) (2-0) earned the win, throwing in the next 2.2 innings, allowing one hit, no runs and striking out one. 

Jake Lewis (Wendell, N.C./Corinth Holders) made his third appearance, going 1.1 innings without giving up a hit and fanning four Bearcats.  Easton Welch (Randleman, N.C./Randleman) and Drew Goodman (Charlotte, N.C.) finished off the game, throwing an inning each.  Welch struck out one hitter, while Goodman fanned two in his first UNCG appearance.

UNCG took a commanding lead in the bottom of the second inning.  The Spartans sent 11 hitters to the plate, and scored seven runs on seven hits.  The inning started with a Woody double to the wall in left and he scored on a Sigmon double.  Goss brought in two on a double down the left field line before Stewart hit his team leading third home run of the season, a two-run shot to left.  UNCG added two more on a Kalawaia single and a Woody sacrifice fly.

The Bearcats got a pair of runs back in the top of the third, using two RBI doubles from David Schanz and Reed Gamache.

Binghamton added a solo run in the top of the fourth.  After a lead off triple from Eddie Posavec, a single from Luke Tevlin brought him around and cut the lead to 7-3.

The Spartans tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Woody reached on a infield single and scored all the way from first when Kusz doubled to the wall along the left field line. 

The Blue and Gold put the game away in the sixth inning, scoring nine runs.  UNCG used two doubles, five singles and three free passes for the offense. Highlighted by Sigmon and Underwood two-RBI doubles.  

UNCG returns to action on Tuesday, Mar. 1st as it travels to Raleigh, N.C. for a midweek matchup with currently No. 19 NC State.   

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