GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG baseball hits the road for the first time in 2018 as it will take part in a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee against the Tennessee Volunteers this weekend. These three games are the first-ever between the Volunteers and the Spartans on the baseball diamond. UNCG enters at 3-1 and Tennessee sports a 2-2 record. Friday’s first pitch is set for 3:30 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday to be played a 2 and 1 p.m., respectively.
There will be live stats and a video stream available for all three contests over the weekend. Live stats are courtesy of UTsports.com and the video stream will be live on the SEC Network + and the WatchESPN app. Links for each of these services for each game are located on the UNCG baseball schedule page.
The Spartan offense ranks among the top in the nation through the first week. UNCG is third in the nation with a .377 batting average and score an average of 9.5 runs per game, good for 12th in the nation. The Spartan offense has five players who sport an average of .400 or higher, led by freshman Josh Madole’s (Hampstead, N.C./Topsail) .538 average. Cesar Trejo (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) hits at a .467 average and leads the team with eight RBI on the season.
UNCG’s rotation will be the same as a week ago, with Matt Frisbee (Candler, N.C./Enka) getting the ball Friday night. Frisbee tossed 5.0 innings in the season-opening win over Appalachian State. Frisbee has a career 13-7 record in 32 starts with two complete games. Saturday will send Bryce Hensley (Asheville, N.C./Catawba Valley CC) to the hill. Hensley, like Frisbee, has been a weekend starter for the last two seasons and tied with Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va./Patrick Henry CC) for the team-lead with 80 strikeouts last year. Trey Kissack (Grand Island, Neb./Southeast CC) will start the Sunday contest. In his first outing, he struck out five hitters and allowed just one hit in 4.0 innings.
Tennessee enters at 2-2 on the season after dropping two of three games to Maryland to open the season. In the first midweek contest of the season, Tennessee defeated Lipscomb, 8-5 to even its record. This is head coach Tony Viello’s first season as the Tennessee skipper after serving as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation at Arkansas for the last four seasons
The Volunteer offense hits at a .265 average through four games, led by Wyatt Stapp’s .417 average. He’s driven in three runs and has drawn five walks, good for a .588 on-base percentage. Jay Charleston has provided the pop in the lineup, leading the team with two home runs. Andre Lipcius has driven in eight runs and hits at a .333 average in four starts.
Tennessee will have two of three starters from last weekend’s rotation. Zach Linginfelter will get the ball Friday night. Linginfelter has an 0-1 record and a 4.50 ERA after pitching 4.0 innings in the opener. Garrett Stallings started the second game of the season, earning a 1.69 ERA in a no decision. Stallings went 5.1 innings and allowed three hits with a strikeout. Sunday’s starter will be announced later in the weekend.
Chase Wallace, Richard Jackson and Garrett Crochet have each made two appearances out of the bullpen. Wallace and Jackson have yet to give up a run in 3.2 innings of work. Crochet earned Tennessee’s victory over Lipscomb Tuesday night. He’s logged 6.1 innings on the season and struck out five hitters.