GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro pitching combination of Austin Koehn and Chad Sykes limited visiting Wofford to one hit as the Spartans earned a 1-0 victory in the opening game of the series between the two Southern Conference foes on Thursday, May 16th. It is the second shutout of the season for UNCG, who also did not allow a run to George Mason (April 14).
Koehn (4-2) picked up his fourth win of the season after striking out six Terrier hitters and allowing just one hit in seven innings on the mound. It is the eighth time in as many outings that Koehn has recorded at least five strikeouts for the Spartans (33-16, 14-8 SoCon).
Sykes (S, 11) took over for the Spartans in the top of the eighth, facing seven batters over the next two innings, where he issued one walk and recorded two strikeouts. The strikeouts accounted for the final two outs of the game as Sykes extended his streak of consecutive appearances with at least one strikeout to 62, dating back to March 9, 2016.
UNCG scored the lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. The inning began with a single up the middle by Caleb Webster. Two batters later, Ryan Caveness moved Webster to third on a double to right field. After a fielder’s choice bunt by Zach Kuchmaner got Webster at third for the second out, Hogan Windish drove a single into centerfield to plate Caveness for the 1-0 advantage.
Earlier in the fourth, Wofford’s Brett Rodriguez reached on a single to third, moving teammate Mike Brown to third on the play. Koehn fanned Lawson Hill for the second out of the inning and got John Dempsey to ground to short, ending the scoring threat.
The Spartans picked up their fourth straight win in the series with Wofford (31-23, 12-9 SoCon) after collecting seven hits in the game. Three of those hits came from Caleb Webster, who finished 3-for-4 from the plate. Windish (2-3) also tallied multiple hits in the game, including his sixth double of the season. Ryan Caveness, who finished 1-for-3 with a run scored, also had a two-base knock for UNCG. The remaining hit came from Zack Budzik, who wrapped up the game 1-for-3.
The second game of the series is set for Friday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
UNCG-WOFFORD FAST FACTS (Game 1)
-Spartans improve to 24-5 at home this season with the victory.
-UNCG owns a 48-22 advantage in the all-time series with the Terriers.
-Caleb Webster finished 3-for-4 from the plate to mark his 19th multi-hit game of the slate.
-Zack Budzik extends his hitting streak to 12 games with a 1-for-3 outing, while Jacquez Koonce streak ends at 11 after finishing 0-for-3 from the plate.
-It is the eighth time in as many outings that Koehn has recorded at least five strikeouts for the Spartans
-Chad Sykes has tallied at least two strikeouts in his last four straight appearances dating back to May 3 (vs. ETSU)