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4-27-2019
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG baseball team completed a doubleheader sweep of The Citadel by scores of 6-5 (Game 1) and 16-10 (Game 2) to move to 25-15 overall and 7-7 in Southern Conference on Saturday, April 27th. The victories improve the Spartans’ home mark to 21-5 on the season.

GAME 2: UNCG 16, The Citadel 10

The Spartans took advantage of their single-game season-high in hits (20) to post a 16-10 win in the second game of the afternoon. The 20-hit performance tops the previous season-high of 16, which was established in the season-opener against Quinnipiac (Feb. 15).

Eight of the nine hitters in the UNCG lineup recorded at least two hits, while the trio of Caleb Webster (4-5, 2 runs, 2 doubles), Josh Madole (3-4, RBI, 2 runs, double) and Zach Kuchmaner (3-6, 3 RBI, 2 runs, HR) had at least three hits for the Spartans.

The Citadel (10-31, 3-11 SoCon) scored the first three runs of the game in the top of the first, but the Spartans clawed back to knot the game at three-all in the bottom of the second when Hardison doubled past the shortstop to score Zack Budzik and Jacquez Koonce. The big blast came in the bottom of the third when Kuchmaner turned on a 2-0 pitch and sent a three-run home run over the right field wall to provide the Spartans a 6-3 lead.

The Citadel got two of those runs back in the top of the fourth, trimming the deficit to one, but UNCG responded with six runs in the home half of the frame to distance itself by a 12-5 margin. Four of the six runs scored by the Spartans came on wild pitches, while Budzik added a run via a sacrifice fly and Koonce brought home a run on a double to left-centerfield.

The Bulldogs responded with three runs in the fifth and two in the seventh, trimming the UNCG lead to 12-10. However, the combination of Chad Sykes on the mound and a four-run eighth inning slammed the door on a Citadel rally.

Budzik again provided an offensive punch with a single to left field, driving in both Coleman Sawyer and Hogan Windish, extending the UNCG lead to 14-10. The final two runs of the game crossed the plate on Hardison’s triple to right, scoring Budzik, before Hardison scampered home following a throwing error at second on a relay toss from right field.

Sykes tossed the final two innings of the game, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out one UNCG hitter to earn his seventh save of the season. Brandon Stephens (2-2) picked up the win after tossing the fifth inning, allowing two hits and one run while striking out two Bulldog sluggers.

UNCG-THE CITADEL FAST FACTS (GAME 2)
-First time since April 15, 2017 that both teams reached double figure scoring in a UNCG baseball contest. The last time that this took place was against Wofford in 2017, with UNCG prevailing 13-12.
-UNCG recorded a total of seven extra-base hits in the game. They included four doubles (Hardison, Webster {2}, Madole, Jacquez Koonce), one triple (Hardison) and a home run (Kuchmaner).
-Chad Sykes has two saves in the same series for the second time this season. He also got his third and fourth saves against Mercer (March 22 / March 24).
-Chad Sykes has now recorded at least one strikeout in his last 58 appearances, a streak that dates back to the 2016 campaign.
-Brandon Stephens picked up his first win for the Spartans since March 16 (vs. Jacksonville).
-The Spartans only struck out one time in the game.

GAME 1: UNCG 6, THE CITADEL 5

Facing a 5-0 deficit to The Citadel heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, UNCG scored four runs on five hits to move within one. The Spartans began the frame with a single up the middle by Caleb Webster, who moved to third on a base knock into right field by Zach Kuchmaner. Hogan Windish followed in the lineup, singling past third base, to score Webster for the first UNCG run of the game.

Coleman Sawyer continued the hitting spree in the sixth when he dropped a bases-clearing triple into centerfield, scoring Windish and Kuchmaner, to spark the UNCG lineup. Jacquez Koonce brought home the fourth and final run of the frame with a grounder to second that plated Sawyer.

Two innings later, with the two teams still separated by a 5-4 margin, Windish led off the eighth with his fifth home run of the season to left field on the first pitch of the at-bat. Two batters later, Zack Budzik smacked a solo home run to left field to give the Spartans a lead they would not relinquish.

Chad Sykes (S, 6) came on in relief of Corey Jackson in the ninth to complete the save with a perfect inning that included a pair of strikeouts. Jackson, who picked up the win and moved to 4-1 in the process, logged 3.1 innings, allowed one hit, one walk and fanned two of the 12 Bulldog batters he faced.

Offensively, UNCG tallied 12 hits in the contest and was led at the plate by Windish, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a home run. He was one of four Spartan hitters, in the bottom half of the lineup, with at least two hits. Among the others included Coleman Sawyer (2-4, 2 RBI, run, triple), Jacquez Koonce (2-4, RBI) and Budzik (2-3, RBI, run, double, HR).

Starting hurler Austin Koehn lasted the first 4.1 innings of the game, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking one Bulldog batter. He tallied six strikeouts for the fourth straight game and has now had at least five strikeouts in a game on six occasions this season.

UNCG-THE CITADEL FAST FACTS (GAME 1)
-Greg Hardison extends his hitting streak to 13 games with a single up the middle in the eighth inning.
-The combo of Austin Koehn (6 K’s), Jack Voigt (1 K), Corey Jackson (2 K’s), Chad Sykes (2 K’s) combine for 11 strikeouts in the game. It is the 17th time this season, sixth time against a Southern Conference opponent, that UNCG has topped double figures in K’s in a game.
-Austin Koehn has recorded at least five strikeouts in his last five outings for UNCG after a six-strikeout performance against the Bulldogs. He remains the only Spartan hurler, with at least nine starts to have consecutive games of at least five K’s on the year.
-The UNCG offense pounded out 12 hits, marking the 16th time this season and fifth time in league action, that the Spartans have topped double figure hits.
-Fifth time on the season that UNCG has had multiple homeruns in a game. Also took place against High Point (Feb. 19), Virginia Tech (Feb. 24), Furman (April 6), Samford (April 18).
-The 6-9 hitters in the UNCG lineup finished 9-for-15 from the plate with six RBI, four runs, one double, one triple and two home runs.

The two teams complete the three-game series on Sunday, April 28th at 1 p.m. when they return to UNCG Baseball Stadium.