GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro baseball team came through with five runs on 15 hits, but it was three multi-run innings by visiting Wofford made the difference as the Terriers emerged with a 14-5 victory on Senior Day for the Spartans. The Spartans recognized the 2019 Senior Class of Austin Embler, Zach Kuchmaner, Jake Mayhew and Chad Sykes.
UNCG (33-18, 14-10 SoCon), which eclipsed double-digit hits for the 25th time this season, received at least one base knock from every starter in the lineup. Three Spartan hitters, Greg Hardison (3-5, run), Embler (3-4, RBI, double) and Coleman Sawyer (2-4, 2 RBI), tallied multiple hits in the game.
The Spartans sent seven hurlers to the mound, including senior starter Jake Mayhew, who dropped to 3-1 in the loss. He was followed by Corey Jackson, Jack Voigt and Jeremiah Triplett, who recorded two strikeouts, allowed four runs and six walks in a combined 6.2 innings.
Senior reliever Chad Sykes tossed 1.2 innings, taking over for Triplett in the seventh, allowing one hit and one run while striking out two of the eight Terrier (33-23, 14-9 SoCon) hitters he faced. The combination of Austin Parsley and Colin Best worked the ninth for the Spartans.
After surrendering five runs in the top of the first, UNCG got two of those runs back in the bottom of the frame after back-to-back hits from Hardison and Embler was followed by an RBI single off the bat of Caleb Webster. Embler came home on a grounder back to the pitcher by Josh Madole, making for a 5-2 contest.
The Terriers scored one run each in the second and third, stretching their lead to 7-2, before UNCG came through with a run in the fourth. Zack Budzik singled to short and Hardison followed with a single to left, putting runners on the corners with Embler at the plate. Embler delivered a single to centerfield, scoring Budzik for the third Spartan run.
After Wofford’s second multi-run inning of the game in the seventh, UNCG retaliated for two runs on three hits in the home half of the frame. Madole and Kuchmaner opened with singles to right, moving into scoring position on a wild pitch, before a single to centerfield by Sawyer plated the pair for fifth run of the game.
Wofford tallied five runs over the final two innings to make for the 14-5 final.
UNCG-WOFFORD FAST FACTS (Game 3)
-Spartans finish the season with a 24-7 mark at home.
-UNCG owns a 48-24 advantage in the all-time series with the Terriers.
-With his eighth inning strikeout of Reed Massey, Chad Sykes extended his streak of consecutive appearances with at least one strikeout to 63, dating back to March 9, 2016.
-Wofford, which scored 18 runs in the second game of the series, became the first team all season to score double-digit runs in back-to-back games against the Spartans.
-UNCG wrapped up the series by hitting .303 (33-for-109) against the Terriers, recording seven extra-base hits along the way (four doubles, three triples, one home run).
-Austin Embler wrapped up the series with a .455 batting average (5-for-11, 3 runs) with a double. He owned a .545 slugging percentage and a .538 on-base percentage.