Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Princeton
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG baseball split a doubleheader with the Princeton Tigers Saturday afternoon. The Spartans took the first game 6-1 behind a fantastic start from Bryce Hensley (Asheville, N.C./Catawba Valley CC), but fell in the nightcap, 10-5. With the spilt, UNCG is now 7-8 on the season, while Princeton is 2-5.
“(Bryce) Hensley was outstanding today.” Head coach Link Jarrett said, “He had command of his fastball, both breaking pitches were very effective and he commanded them extremely well. That was an outstanding outing. (Michael) Goss had the double to help us extend the lead there in the seventh inning. Cesar (Trejo) had a big hit to help us put the game out of reach in the eighth. (Chad) Sykes struck out the side on nine pitches in the ninth. That was probably the sharpest he’s been and you don’t see that too often.”
“We felt good going in to the second game with (Matt) Frisbee.” Jarrett continued, “He didn’t quite have his stuff today. He’s been a little under the weather and he just couldn’t settle in and go. He didn’t have his best stuff. Gross (Princeton pitcher) did a great job of keeping the ball down and used his breaking ball well. We just couldn’t muster enough to get ourselves all the way back in that game. We were close, but we allowed them to score runs late and extend their lead. We had some offensive opportunities but we weren’t able to deliver a big blow in game two. Tomorrow will be a big game, and we’ll be ready to go.”
Hensley threw a gem in the first game of the doubleheader. He threw 8.0 innings, striking out a career-high 13 hitters. It’s the first time since the 2005 season that a UNCG pitcher has struck out 10-14 batters in an outing. Chad Sykes (Creedmoor, N.C./Voyager Academy) threw a perfect ninth inning, throwing nine pitches for three strikeouts to close the door on Princeton. The two combined to strikeout 16 batters in the first game.
Michael Goss (Cartersville, Ga./Chattanooga State CC) and Cesar Trejo (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) each tallied a pair of RBI in the contest. Tripp Shelton (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) tallied three hits in the first game, scoring a run.
Princeton started the scoring in the sixth inning of the first game, taking advantage of a pair of bases loaded errors to take a 1-0 lead.
UNCG tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth frame. With two outs, Ryan Clinch (Jamestown, N.C./Brunswick CC) was hit by a pitch and stole second. Austin Embler (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) singled through the right side to score Clinch and tie the game up at 1-1.
UNCG broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh inning. After walks to Andrew Moritz (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) and Trejo, Trey Jacobs (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) singled to the shortstop to load the bases. Caleb Webster (Randleman, N.C./Randleman) hit a sacrifice fly to score one and take the lead. Goss doubled to deep centerfield to score a pair.
The Spartans added to their lead in the eighth inning, scoring two runs on a Trejo triple to push the lead to 6-1.
Matt Frisbee (Candler, N.C./Enka) started the nightcap. The sophomore threw 4.1 innings, allowing ten hits and eight earned runs, striking out three hitters. Alex Sova (Midland, Mich./Kellogg CC) made an appearance out of the bullpen, logging 2.1 innings, striking out four hitters and issuing four walks. Drew Goodman (Charlotte, N.C./Hopewell) appeared in 0.1 innings, allowing two hits. Travis Tuttle (Winston-Salem, N.C./Surrey CC) logged the final 2.0 innings, striking out two hitters without giving up a hit.
At the plate, the top of the lineup card did the bulk of the damage. The 1-2-3 spots in the order each had two hits, with Moritz driving in four runs. Embler drove in one and scored another. Ryne Sigmon (Danville, Va./Danville CC) and Clinch scored two runs.
In game two, Princeton showed no signs of rust after Hensley’s outing. The Tigers scored in the top of the first inning on a Nick Hernandez single to score Chris Davis.
The Tigers added to their lead in the top of the second inning. After Cody Phillips reached via a hit by pitch, Max West brought him around on a double down the left field line. Davis singled through the right side to bring in West, and Hernandez singled to center field to bring in two more and push the lead to 5-1.
UNCG cut into lead in the bottom of the third inning, scoring a run on a Moritz sacrifice fly.
Princeton added to its lead in the fourth and fifth innings. Danny Baer connected on a two-run blast to put the Tigers up 7-1 in the fourth, and a triple from Asher Lee-Tyson scored another to push the lead to 8-1 Tigers.
UNCG cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a run on an Embler single up the middle. The Spartans scored two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Moritz single through the right side.
Princeton added a run in the eighth, and UNCG used an infield single from Moritz to score another and cut the lead to 10-5 Princeton.
UNCG and Princeton are back in action on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.