Wantz Shuts Down Georgetown as Baseball Wins, 5-2
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgetown took an early lead in the top of the second inning before UNCG rallied to score three in the bottom of the frame and never looked back, earning a 5-2 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas Friday night. The Spartans clinched their third-straight series victory over Georgetown with the victory. UNCG improves to 19-6 on the season, while Georgetown falls to 7-18. Andrew Wantz entered with the bases loaded in the sixth and allowed just one run over the finale 3.1 innings to earn his sixth save of the season.
“(Matt) Frisbee was competitive and was able to work out of any trouble that came up.” Head coach Link Jarrett said, “His strikeout with the bases loaded in the fifth was a game changer for him in terms of his start. We struck a hitter out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning as well. Those were big moments. The Georgetown hitters were tough at the plate, they were tough outs. We made some big pitches when we needed to, and we needed to today. It was a very tight ballgame.”
“Georgetown pitched very effectively and held us in check today.” Jarrett continued, “It was a good win. (Andrew) Wantz did a very nice job at the end. An extended outing for him, but he closed that thing down. I’m proud of the way we pitched, I’m proud of the way we defended and hopefully we can click a little better offensively tomorrow.”
Matt Frisbee picked up his fifth victory on the season Friday night. Frisbee tossed 5.0 innings, allowing seven hits, an earned run and striking out six hitters before giving way to Easton Welch. Welch tossed two thirds of an inning before handing the ball to Wantz with the bases loaded in the sixth. Wantz stepped up and delivered a strikeout before closing out the final 3.1 innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run while striking out five hitters.
The Spartan offense managed just eight hits against a tough Georgetown pitching staff. Austin Embler led the charge with a 3-for-4 performance, driving in one run. Josh Madole added a two-run triple in the victory as the four through eight spots in the lineup each added a hit and scored a combined four runs.
Georgetown struck first, plating a run in the second inning. Alex Bernauer led off with a single through the right side and moved up after a walk to James Gabor. Ryan P. Davis followed with a single to right field to score one and give the Hoyas the early advantage.
UNCG quickly erased the Georgetown lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame. Cesar Trejo led off by taking the 3-0 offering down the left field line for a double. After Ryan Clinch legged out an infield single to put runners on the corners, a sacrifice bunt from Tripp Shelton moved Clinch into scoring position. Josh Madole stepped in and delivered his first triple of the year off the wall in right field to score two. Austin Embler followed with a double off the right field wall to score one and put UNCG up 3-1.
The Spartans tacked on solo runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings. Shelton led off the fourth with a single and used a stolen base and a wild pitch to move to third where a sacrifice fly from Jake Kusz brought him in. The fifth inning saw Andrew Moritz draw a walk, steal second and advance to third on an error. Dillon Stewart tripled off the top of the wall in right field to drive him in and take the 5-1 lead.
Georgetown cut into the lead in the ninth, but UNCG finished the game by getting a ground out to shortstop.
The Spartans are back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. as they look for the sweep/look to take the series from Georgetown at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.