GREENSBORO, N.C. – Zach Kuchmaner and Hogan Windish finished with two hits each, but it was a pair of multi-run innings that allowed visiting Jacksonville University to close out the third game of the series with an 8-4 victory at the UNCG Baseball Stadium on Sunday, March 17.
Kuchmaner capped off his fourth multi-hit performance of the season by going 2-of-3 from the plate with a pair of runs scored. Among the two hits included his second triple in as many games. Windish ended the day by hitting 2-for-4 at the plate, accruing his third extra-base hit of the season and first double along the way.
Facing a 7-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, UNCG (13-5) got its first runner on base in the frame when Ryan Caveness drew a walk. Kuchmaner followed with a single to centerfield, advancing to second on the throw as Caveness moved to third. After a pitching change, which brought Nick Love out of the bullpen for AJ Jones, Windish sent the third pitch through the left side of the infield for a pair of RBI.
Jacksonville (12-8) would tack on an insurance run in the ninth to complete the four-run victory, handing UNCG its first setback at home this season. The Dolphins offense finished the game with 13 hits, with four players having at least two hits in the game. Jones provided a solid presence on the mound for JU, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing four hits and four runs along the way, while striking out five UNCG hitters as he snagged his third win of the year.
UNCG Fast Facts
-Jacquez Koonce, who swiped a base on Sunday, capped off the weekend with three stolen bases for the Spartans this weekend.
-Caleb Webster’s six-game hitting streak was halted after he finished 0-for-4 from the plate.
-The 8-4 setback at home marks the first since the Spartans dropped an 8-7 decision to Elon on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
-The 13 hits by the Dolphins mark just the fifth time this season and first time in the last nine games that an opponent has had double figure hits against the Spartans.
-Chad Sykes who finished with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work, is now the team’s leader in K’s with 24. He has one more than Jeremiah Triplett, three more than Phillip Sanderson and four more than Corey Jackson.
Head Coach Link Jarret Takes on the Game
“JU played a well-rounded game today. (AJ) Jones was very good and I felt all three of their starting pitchers did a nice job. Jones was good and (Nick) Love also threw well. (Austin) Koehn began his outing with good stuff but he did not maintain an ability to string pitches together today. (Maddux) Holshouser threw well, and Chad Sykes also did a nice job. Our two-strike pitching and two-strike hitting was not as good as theirs was today. (Zach) Kuchmaner and (Hogan) Windish had some key at bats, but overalll, JU kept us at bay offensively. They are a very good team. We are proud that we won the series, but today we were not as sharp as needed to beat a team of their caliber.”