GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG baseball team looks to get back on track, returning home to the UNCG Baseball Stadium for a seven-game homestand which begins with midweek contests against Wake Forest and High Point. The Spartans and Demon Deacons will square off Tuesday at 4 p.m. while the Blue and Gold will take on the Panthers Wednesday – also at 4 p.m.
UNCG suffered a sweep at the hands of Georgia Tech in Atlanta last weekend as UNCG is opening the season with five of six games against ACC opponents. The Demon Deacons own a 38-10 advantage in the series, including a home and home sweep last season, while the Spartans lead the series with High Point 15-7.
Junior RHP and top Spartan professional prospect Max Povse (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) began his campaign in earnest with a solid effort Saturday at Georgia Tech. He threw six innings, giving up just one run with seven strikeouts and no walks as he took the tough-luck loss. The UNCG offense sputtered in Atlanta as the Blue and Gold hit just .175 as a team.
Junior infielder Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) led the way, batting .300 with three hits including a pair of doubles. He also drove in a pair of runs.
Senior RHP Dylan Thompson (Snow Camp, N.C./Guilford Technical CC) will pitch for the first time in 2014 Tuesday as the starter against the Demon Deacons. Thompson was 1-4 last season with a 6.51 earned run average in 27.2 innings pitched. He made four starts and struck out 17 batters. He will be opposed by junior RHP Matt Pirro who sports a 0-1 record and a 9.00 earned run average. Pirro threw three innings against Conference USA opponent Marshall Feb. 17, taking the loss while allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Wake Forest is batting .227 as a team and boasts a 2.76 earned run average.
High Point hosts NC Central before Wednesday’s contest in Greensboro. The Panthers are 3-4 overall with two wins over William and Mary, a victory over Charlotte, a loss against the Tribe and three setbacks to future Southern Conference member Mercer. Entering Tuesday, HPU is hitting .277 led by Spencer Angelis’ .483 mark, and owns a team ERA of 3.74.
Following the pair of midweek contests, UNCG will host Big East member Georgetown for a three-game set this weekend at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.