GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro used a three-run eighth inning to break a seven-all tie with Penn to sweep the Quakers by a score of 10-7 at UNCG Baseball Stadium on Monday afternoon. The game-winning run came when David Flores drew a bases loaded walk to score teammate Greg Hardison from third.
Three Spartan hitters had two hits on the day, including Hardison (2-5, 2 runs), Caleb Webster (2-5, double, 2 runs) and Zach Kuchmaner (2-4, RBI). UNCG also received two each RBI from the trio of Josh Madole (1-4, 2 runs), Mike Ferrara (1-3, run) and Jacquez Koonce (1-4, run).
Chad Sykes (1-1) got the win after tossing the final 1.1 innings, allowing two hits while striking out two Penn hitters. Starter Jeremiah Triplett logged 6.1 innings, scattering six hits, four runs (three earned) and two walks while striking out three hitters. He gave way to Corey Jackson, who had a rough outing with three runs on three hits, along with two walks in 1.1 innings.
“I am proud of our team for beating a well-coached experienced opponent,” said UNCG head coach Link Jarrett. “Penn had a good club and played hard. Triplett had another quality start and his change-up was very effective. Our infield defense was very active as Triplett was in the bottom of the zone and enduced many ground balls. Our first inning at bats were very strong, after that, we went into a little lull not stringing a lot together. Our two-strike approach was good today, and we kept pressure on them defensively. Koonce had a key hit with the bases loaded. He had a good series. Hardison and Webster also were productive today at the top of the lineup. Sykes closed it out well today and showed good feel for three pitches.”
UNCG (6-3) established a 7-1 lead in the contest, scoring two runs in the first inning after back-to-back hits to lead off the game by Hardison and Webster. Ryan Caveness drew a bases loaded walk to provide the first run and Madole grounded to first to bring home the second.
After Penn (0-3) scored in the top of the fourth, to cut the Spartans’ lead to 2-1, UNCG answered with three runs in the home half of the frame. Madole singled to right centerfield to become the first batter to reach base in the fourth, moving to third on a walk and a hit by pitch. Koonce came through with a single down the left field line, scoring Ferrara and Madole to make for a 4-1 Spartan lead. After stealing third, Koonce advanced home on a wild pitch for the four-run advantage.
UNCG had its third multi-run inning of the day in the fifth, which began with a Flores double to right centerfield. Two batters later, Madole reached on a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corner for Ferrara. The freshman delivered a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Flores for the 6-1 lead. Zach Kuchmaner roped a single up the middle for the Spartans, plating Madole for the six-run lead.
Penn took advantage of a four-run seventh and a two-run eighth to pull even at seven-all. Hardison got things going in the eighth by reaching on a fielding error, moving to third on a double to left by Webster. Embler was intentionally walked to load the bases and Flores worked the count to draw the walk for the 8-7 lead. Madole followed with a walk, which scored Webster, before a free pass was issued to Ferrara for the final run of the game in the form of Embler.
The Spartans now head to Rock Hill, S.C., to face Winthrop on Tuesday at 4 p.m. UNCG returns home on Friday, March 8 to host Princeton for a four-game set.