Baseball Falls in Series Opener in Johnson City
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Spartan offense couldn’t solve the ETSU Buccaneer starting pitcher as UNCG fell, 11-0 at Thomas Stadium Friday night. UNCG managed six hits in the contest. The Spartans fall to 16-10 on the season, and 2-2 in Southern Conference action. ETSU improves to 13-10, and 2-2 in the SoCon.
The shutout loss marks the first time since April, 11th 2015 that the Spartan offense failed to record a run. UNCG went on to win its next three-straight games following that loss.
“(Ryan) Simpler (ETSU) pitched a beautiful game tonight.” Head coach Link Jarrett said, “He was in control of all aspects of his performance. We did not execute well in any phase of our game, and it was a very challenging night. Our pitch execution, defensive play and overall offensive performance was not good today. Tomorrow is a new day ad we need (Bryce) Hensley to get us out of the gate.”
Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va./Patrick Henry CC) started for UNCG. The junior threw 1.1 innings, allowing five hits, six earned runs and suffered the loss. Alex Sova (Midland, Mich./Kellogg CC) threw 1.2 innings in relief, striking out two hitters without allowing a hit.
Jake Lewis (Wendell, N.C./Corinth Holders) was next out of the bullpen. The sophomore threw 2.1 innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out three hitters. Brandon Stephens (Willow Spring, N.C./Wake Christian Academy) threw the next 2.2 innings, giving up X hits, X earned runs and struck out X hitters.
UNCG had six hits in the contest, four were handled by Spitznagel (Cincinnati, Ohio/Wabash Valley CC) and Caleb Webster (Randleman, N.C./Randleman). Spitznagel finished 2-for-4 with a double and Webster added two singes.
ETSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of a pair of walks. After a Blake Rowlett single, Hagan Owenby and Aaron Maher drew walks to load the bases. An infield hit from Christian Bailey scored the first run, before a sacrifice fly from Cullen Smith scored the second run of the inning.
The Bucs were able to add to their lead in the bottom of the second. Caleb Longley led off with a double down the right field line and scored on a Rowlett single. Owenby singled to left field bringing in another run. With the bases loaded, Rowloett scored on a wild pitch for the third run of the inning. Christian Bailey ground out to second base, allowing Owenby to score and ETSU to extend the lead to 6-0.
ETSU added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, plating three runs on three hits, pushing the lead to 9-0.
The Bucs scored solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings, getting an RBI doubles from Longley, and a solo home run from Maher.
UNCG and ETSU are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.