GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG baseball team saw itself down 2-0 after three innings of play before rallying to tie and eventually using an Andrew Moritz three-run homer to take the lead Thursday night at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The Spartans scored six runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take the lead and eventually the game, 7-3. UNCG improves to 18-6 with the victory. Georgetown falls to 7-17.
“(Jake) Lewis wiggled off the hook, his ability to strike people out really saved him in the first inning.” Head coach Link Jarrett said, “He wasn’t sharp to start the game but he was able to manage that and get out with only one run given up. He settled in and got better as he went. (Dan) Loats gave us a good inning and Jack (Maynard) came in and was able to navigate and finish it for us.”
“Offensively, I thought their starting pitcher did a good job of keeping his breaking ball down.” Jarrett continued, “We weren’t on it early. Eventually (Andrew) Moritz’s home run gave us a jolt. (Dillon) Stewart adding another late in the game with another home run, those were big moments. It was a good win for the team.
Jake Lewis started on the hill. The junior tossed 5.0 innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out a career-high eight hitters earning his second win of the season. Dan Loats was first out of the bullpen, tossing the sixth inning with the only base runner reaching on an error. Jack Maynard closed it out to earn his third save. Maynard worked the final 3.0 innings, scattering give hits, and earned run and struck out three.
At the plate, three Spartans had multi-hit contests. Dillon Stewart and Cesar Trejo each finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Trejo added his team-leading fourth triple and Stewart added to his team high with his seventh home run. Andrew Moritz led the team with three RBI, connecting on a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Caleb Webster added a 2-for-4 game and scored once.
Georgetown went up early, scoring runs in the top of the first and second innings. The Hoyas pushed one across without the virtue of a hit in the first inning, taking advantage of two hit batters and two walks. The second inning saw James Gabor triple to right center before scoring on a ground out to the second baseman.
The Spartans tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth. Stewart singled through the left side before coming around to score on Trejo’s triple to right field. Ryan Clinch ground out to score Trejo and tie the game at 2-2.
UNCG took its first lead of the evening in the fifth. Jake Kusz and Webster singled for Moritz who flexed his muscles on a 3-2 offering and put it on Kenilworth Street to go up 5-2. The Spartans tacked on another run in the sixth. With runners on the corners, Greg Hardison legged out a bunt single to score Trejo and give the Spartans the 6-2 lead.
Georgetown cut into the lead with a single from Jake Bernstein who came around to score on an Eddie McCabe double.
UNCG got its four-run cushion back with Stewart’s solo home run to left field in the seventh.
The Spartans and Hoyas are back in action tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.