GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro offense eclipsed double-digit runs for the eighth time this season, but a 10-run fourth inning by visiting Wofford proved to be the difference as the Terriers evened the series at 1-1 with an 18-10 victory over the Spartans on Friday evening at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Spartans (33-17, 14-9) pounded out 11 hits in the setback, marking the 24th time this season they have recorded at least 10 hits. Individually, UNCG was led by the combination of Josh Madole (1-for-5, 3 RBI, triple) and Ryan Caveness (1-for-2, 3 RBI, HR), who accounted for six of the nine RBI.
After scoring three runs in the first two innings of the game, Wofford (32-23, 13-9 SoCon) took advantage of a 10-run third to move in front 13-0 through the top of the third. Zack Budzik energized the UNCG lineup with a leadoff triple to left-centerfield and after a walk of Austin Embler and Caleb Webster being hit by a pitch the bases were loaded for Madole.
With Madole at the plate, Budzik came home on a wild pitch, which also advanced both runners. Madole followed with a grounder to first, plating Embler for the second run of the third. Caveness continued the inning with a two-run blast over the right field wall, which sliced the Terrier lead to 13-4 through three.
After a scoreless fourth by Wofford, UNCG’s offense returned to the plate and used a leadoff single by Jacquez Koonce to again kickstart the lineup. Two batters later, Hardison singled through the right side of the infield to bring home Budzik from second. Embler dropped a single to center, putting two on for the Spartans, ahead of a double to right-centerfield by Webster that plated Hardison for the sixth UNCG run.
Madole again came through in the clutch for the Spartan offense, driving a bases-clearing triple down the right field line to score both Webster and Embler on the play. Caveness picked up his third RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to account for the ninth unanswered UNCG run.
Wofford added one run in the seventh and a scored its final two runs in the top of the ninth to assume an 18-9 lead. The Spartans retaliated with one run in the bottom of the ninth. Coleman Sawyer led off the frame with a walk, moving to third on a single by Kuchmaner. David Flores reached on a fielder’s choice that got Kuchmaner at second, allowing Sawyer to move home for the 10th run of the game.
The final game of the series is set for Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at UNCG Baseball Stadium. The regular season concludes with Senior Day festivities for the Spartans, which will take place prior to the start of the game.
UNCG-WOFFORD FAST FACTS (Game 2)
-Spartans are 24-6 at home this season with the victory.
-UNCG owns a 48-23 advantage in the all-time series with the Terriers.
-UNCG sent six pitchers to the mound in the game and finished with four strikeouts. Starter Phillip Sanderson recorded two of the four K’s.
-Zack Budzik extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games as he finished 1-for-4 from the plate with two runs and a triple.
-Spartans had four extra-base hits in the game, which came from Caleb Webster (double), Josh Madole (triple), Zack Budzik (triple) and Ryan Caveness (home run).