CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Following a long rain delay, UNCG struggled to get its offense going Friday afternoon at Frost Stadium, falling to Samford 3-1. The loss eliminates the Spartans from the 2017 Southern Conference Tournament.
Making her third start in two days, Alicia Bazonski (Sheffield, Mass./Mount Everett) took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits in 4.1 innings of work. Stephanie Bryden (Orlando, Fla./East River) threw 2.2 innings in relief of Bazonski, surrendering one run on three hits.
The Spartans didn't take long to open up scoring. Jasmine Palmer (Biltmore Lake, N.C./Florida State) opened with a walk and Alexis Overdiep (Apex, N.C./Apex) followed with a bunt single. UNCG implemented some small ball to push the run across as Gabrielle Cubbage (Felton, Del./Lake Forest) moved both runners with a sacrifice bunt and Marisa Sholtes (Albany, N.Y./South Colonie Central) plated Palmer with a sacrifice fly deep to right.
Samford tied the game in the third with a home run off of the bat of Kelsey Royalty and a couple of innings later grabbed the lead at 3-1 with a pair of runs in the fifth.
From there, the Spartans just couldn't get the bats going. UNCG was held scoreless through the game's final six innings to end its tournament run.
The Spartans end the season at 29-24, bringing a SoCon Regular Season Championship Trophy back to Greensboro.
"I'm really grateful for the four seniors, Hagan, Sid, Tory and Emily," concluded Breneman. "They did everything that you could have asked for. They left the program in such a better place than it was when they arrived. They kept this team fighting together and playing for each other. From a coaches' standpoint that's one of the best things that you could wish for. Those four put the team before themselves and were such selfless young ladies.
"I'm so thankful to have been able to coach them these past four years and so proud of the growth that I've seen in all four. It just hurts because I really wanted this tournament championship for them especially. But we kind of have to go back to celebrating our league championship. That doesn't happen over night, it's a hard task. I think that's also a tribute to those four seniors and the strength of this team. I'm proud of them for winning a Southern Conference Championship throughout the seven weeks of conference play."