GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG baseball scored multiple runs in four innings to earn a decisive 11-6 victory Sunday in a suspended game from Saturday afternoon. Cesar Trejo (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) drove in four runs for the second straight game in the victory. UNCG improves to 2-0 with Appalachian State falling to 0-2.
"(Andrew) Wantz really came in and picked us up in this one, giving us almost three innings of good relief pitching." Head coach Link Jarrett said, "He made big pitches when we needed him and that allowed our offense to get back in it. We had a string of four or five or six really, really good at bats. Cesar (Trejo) continues to be impressive. Obviously with his power capabilities, he's grown and gotten better as a hitter and he needs to continue to do that. Easton (Welch) was great at the end of the game. He's got some deception in his delivery and mechanics. He’s changed his slot and he’s effective, he gets ground balls. He got two double plays and a strikeout today. It was great to see him have an extended outing and his longest of his career with us. That’s what he did all fall and in preseason against our team. We knew it was there and he really pitched well today.”
Bryce Hensley (Asheville, N.C./Catawba Valley CC) got the start on Saturday afternoon. The senior went 4.0 innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs and struck out six hitters. Jake Lewis (Wendell, N.C./Corinth Holders) was first out of the bullpen when play resumed Sunday. Lewis gave up a hit and walked two before giving way to Andrew Wantz (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs).
Wantz came in and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five batters. Three inherited runners scored, but Wantz did not give up an earned run. Easton Welch (Randleman, N.C./Gardner-Webb) came in with two-on in the seventh inning, getting a punch out to get out of the jam. Welch went 2.1 innings with one strikeout as he earned his first career save in the victory.
All nine starters earned hits in the victory, led by Caleb Webster (Randleman, N.C./Randleman) and Tripp Shelton (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth) who each went 3-for-5. Webster drove in two and scored two as Shelton added a run scored. Trejo did his damage with the long ball, going 2-for-4 with a home run as he drove in a game-high four runs. Andrew Moritz (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) added a 2-for-5 performance with two RBI and a run scored.
App State came out fast as Bailey Welch singled and Riley Smith doubled to start the first inning. After a pair of strikeouts, Jason Avers drove a single to center field to drive in a pair to put the Mountaineers up 2-0.
UNCG halved the App State lead in the bottom of the second. Dillon Stewart (Coats, N.C./Brunswick CC) led off and was hit by a pitch. A fielding error and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. App State turned in a double play, allowing Stewart to score and a strikeout ended the threat.
The Mountaineers added to their lead in the top of the third inning. After a Welch walk, Smith singled and Welch went first to third to put runners on the corners. Joel McDaniel hit a ground ball to third to score the runner to take the 3-1 lead.
The Spartans tied it at three after Shelton and Jake Kusz (Durham, N.C./Riverside) singled and Josh Madole (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) worked a six-pitch walk to load the bases. Trejo sent a bleeder through the right side to score a pair and tie the game at three before the game was suspended at 3:23 Saturday afternoon.
At the resumption of play at noon on Sunday, App State utilized a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. After a strikeout, Drew Beck was hit by a pitch to take a 4-3 lead and kept the bases full. Avers blooped a single to right field to score two to put App State up 6-3 after four and a half innings.
That lead was short-lived as UNCG came back to score four runs in its half of the fifth inning. Austin Embler (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) led off with a single up the middle and came around to score after Webster lined a double down the third baseline. Moritz traded spots with Webster as he looped a double to the gap in left center and scored on a Stewart single. After a single and a hit batter loaded the bases, Madole worked another walk to drive in the fourth run of the inning and put UNCG up 7-6.
The top of the order got another rally going in the seventh as Embler doubled and scored when Webster singled down the right field line. Webster swiped his first bag of the season and moved to third after a throwing error and came around to score after Moritz singled to right field.
UNCG extended its lead in the seventh after Madole doubled to left field and Trejo sent one to Walker Avenue over the left field wall to put the Spartans up 11-6.
Welch came on to pitch with UNCG leading 9-6 in the seventh inning and closed the game out. He got a pair of