Baseball Ends Road Trip With 5-2 Loss At UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNCG mustered just four hits and hit into three double plays Wednesday as UNC Wilmington recorded a 5-2 non-conference victory at Brooks Field in the team’s first meeting since 2005. The Spartans fall to 7-9 overall while the Seahawks improve to 7-8.
Junior infielder Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 1-for-2 with a single and two walks. Classmate and infielder Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) accounted for the lone UNCG RBI.
Freshman LHP Andrew George (0-3) (Miami, Fla./Florida Christian) suffered his third loss to begin the season, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and walking three against no strikeouts. Ricky Holden (2-0) was tabbed with the victory after scattering three hits over 4.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only one walk.
UNCG scored two runs in the top of the first without the benefit of a base hit. Junior outfielder Zac MacAneney (Gibsonville, N.C./Virginia Tech) and senior infielder Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) both drew walks before junior outfielder L.J. Kalawaia (Wailuku, Hawai’i/Ohlone College) moved them up a base via a sacrifice bunt. King followed with a RBI groundout to score MacAneney for the first run before McDonald drew a walk and Guite scored on a passed ball. Junior outfielder Nick Chapman (Morganton, N.C./Patton) would fly out to center to end the half inning.
The bottom half of the frame began in similar fashion as Casey Golden reached on a throwing error by George and Robbie Thorburn slapped a base hit past the glove of McDonald and into left field. The runners moved up a base thanks to a sac bunt by Ryan LaGrange before Corey Dick poked a RBI groundout to short for UNCW’s first tally. Luke Dunlap then flew out to center to terminate the threat.
The Spartans put up another threat in the top of the second, getting runners on the corners with two outs. However, Guite grounded out on a nice play by Luis Renvil at short for the final out.
In the bottom of the second, the Seahawks scored two runs on just one hit to forge ahead 3-2. UNCW hit into two fielder’s choice plays with runners on third base to account for the runs.
The game settled down from there as both teams were held off the board for the next four innings. The Blue and Gold tried to put something together in the top of the seventh, but after MacAneney drew a walk and Guite was hit by a pitch with one out, Kalawaia grounded into an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
UNCW added to its lead in the bottom of the eighth as the Seahawks received a one-out RBI double from Nick Monroe and took advantage of an error by Abreu at first to score another run and move in front 5-2. The Spartans went down quietly in the top of the ninth to end the contest.
UNCG returns home Saturday, March 15 to begin an eight-game homestand against Ivy League member Princeton. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.