GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three days after completing an 8-2 victory over Quinnipiac, which moved the UNCG baseball team to 2-0 on the season, the Spartans return action at High Point on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
ON THE MOUND
UNCG freshman hurler Austin Koehn will make his first collegiate start. Koehn was a four-year letterwinner at Patterson Mill High in Bel Air, Md., He has earned First Team All-Conference, First Team All-County, First Team All-Metro and Second Team All-State honors over the course of his career. In 2017 Koehn was named MSABC preseason All-State Team, competing for the MSABC Classic North Region Team.
FIVE KEYS TO KNOW
-Three Spartans are hitting better than .400 on the season through the first two games, including Caleb Webster who leads the way for all UNCG hitters with a .625 batting average. In a pair of games against Quinnipiac over the weekend, Webster finished 5-of-8 from the plate with five runs, two doubles and two RBI. Austin Embler (.571 / 4-of-7, 2 RBI, 4 runs, double, HR) owns the second-best average on the team, while Jacquez Koonce (.429 / 3-of-7, 5 RBI, 2 runs, 2 doubles) is in third among players with at least four at bats.
-Due in large part to starting pitchers Jeremiah Triplett (1.35 ERA) and Phillip Sanderson (1.50 ERA) limiting opposing Quinnipiac hitters to a combined three runs in their two games, Triplett holding the Bobcats to one in his start, the Spartan pitching staff owns a combined 2.50 ERA in 18 innings. UNCG surrendered 12 hits, seven runs and five unearned runs to Quinnipiac.
-The Panthers have a 2-1 record heading into the week. High Point opened the season on Friday, Feb. 15, against Old Dominion and split a double header by scores of 7-0 and 5-4. The two teams returned to the diamond on Sunday, Feb. 17, with High Point winning 7-5 in come-from-behind fashion.
-High Point ended the weekend by hitting .270 (27-100) with only two extra-base hits, both doubles, over the first three games of the season. Meanwhile, Panther pitchers combined for a 4.50 ERA after allowing 27 hits, 16 runs (13 earned runs), 10 walks while striking out 19 Old Dominion hitters.
- Daniel Millwee (.417) and Sam Zayicek (.400) lead the way for High Point in hitting. Millwee enters the week with five hits, one double and an RBI, while Zayicek has four hits, a double and is tied with Joe Johnson for most RBI on the team with five. Harrison Smith (4.50 ERA) has the best ERA of any Panther starting hurler after logging four innings, allowing four hits, two runs, two earned runs, one walk and striking out four Monarch hitters in a no decision.