GREENSBORO, N.C. – After giving up a one-run lead in the eighth inning, junior Andrew Moritz came up big in the bottom of the eighth inning. After a one-out single from Caleb Webster, Moritz tripled to center field before scoring on a passed ball to put the Spartans up 5-4. Andrew Wantz closed out the ninth as the Spartans improve to 20-6 on the season. Georgetown falls to 7-19 with the loss.
“(Bryce) Hensley was outstanding today.” Head coach Link Jarrett said, “It was a very competitive start. His fastball was sharp. The indication on that was striking out the side in the first inning. He commanded both sides of the plate; it was a very impressive, competitive outing for him. Georgetown’s lefty was very good too. He had good velocity and good secondary pitches. He was tough. I thought our base running and our short game came into play and helped us win the game.”
“(Andrew) Moritz at the end of the game, to hit that ball to center field then score the winning run on a ball that I don’t think got out of the dirt circle around home plate, is a testament to his athletic ability and his ability to play and read the game.” Jarrett continued, “I’m very proud of the way we played this weekend. These were tough games and we were able to do enough to get the results.”
Bryce Hensley started on the mound. The senior threw 7.0 innings, allowing three hits, two runs; one earned, walked one and struck out seven hitters. He opened the day by striking out the first four batters he faced in the no-decision. Jack Maynard was first out of the bullpen. Maynard threw two-thirds of an inning, walking a batter and striking out a hitter on 14 pitches before giving way to Wantz with a runner on. Wantz worked the final 1.1 innings, giving up a two-run homer in the eighth before locking down the ninth inning. He struck out three hitters as he earned his fourth victory.
At the plate, UNCG had eight hits. Three Spartans had multi-hit efforts. Andrew Moritz and Dillon Stewart finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored each. Josh Madole also scored a run and hit a double in the win.
UNCG got on the board first, scoring in the first inning. Austin Embler led off with a single, stole second base and advanced after a Georgetown error. Stewart followed with a two-out single through the left side to bring in Embler and put UNCG up 1-0.
The Hoyas answered right away in the top of the second inning. Richie O’Reilly led off with a single and Alex Bernauer singled to put two on. After a walk loaded the bases, Ryan M. Davis drove a fly ball to center field to score one and tie the game up.
The Spartans gained their slim advantage back in the bottom of the third. Madole led off with a double down the left field line and moved up on a passed ball. Webster drove an RBI groundout to shortstop to give UNCG the 2-1 advantage.
UNCG tacked on another run in the fourth inning. Stewart led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Tripp Shelton laid down the safety squeeze to bring in Stewart and extend the lead to 3-1.
Georgetown cut into the lead in the sixth inning. After Freddy Achecar doubled, O’Reilly sent a ground ball to short where the throw was too tall for the Spartan first baseman, allowing the run to score from second and trim the lead to 3-2.
In the top of the eighth, the Hoyas rallied again. Kai Nelson drew a pinch-hit walk with . After a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Eddie McCabe homered to right field to put Georgetown up 4-3.
UNCG answered in the bottom of the eighth inning. With one out, Webster worked a full count and singled up the middle to put a runner on for Mortiz. Moritz hammered a 1-1 offering for what looked to be a home run but was foul. He followed that by driving a triple over the centerfielder’s head to score Webster. After an intentional walk to Cesar Trejo, a fastball from the Georgetown pitcher kicked away from the catcher and Moritz scored on a passed ball that didn’t leave the dirt around home plate to put UNCG up 5-4.
Wantz came out in the ninth and struck out two of the three hitters he faced to secure UNCG’s 20th victory of the season.
UNCG is back in action Monday at 6 p.m. as it will host cross-town rival North Carolina A&T at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.