GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG baseball team tallied 11 runs and 10 hits over the final four innings of the game to earn an 11-3 victory over High Point as the Spartans moved to 15-3 at home this season.
Facing a 3-0 deficit heading in to the bottom of the fifth, UNCG (18-9) got a lift from Zack Budzik, who connected on a double down the left field line that scored David Flores for the first run of the game. The Spartans picked up their second run in the sixth inning when Caleb Webster sent a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall for his first home run of the season.
UNCG took the lead in the home half of the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits. The inning began with a Mike Ferrara double down the right field line. Two batters later, Budzik delivered a single to left that scored the pinch-runner Hogan Windish from third to knot the game at 3-3. Austin Embler followed with a single up the middle, scoring Budzik, giving UNCG its first lead.
Freshman Jacquez Koonce delivered the biggest hit of the seventh when he sent a bases-clearing triple down the left field line to push the lead to 7-3.
Three of the four of the Spartan runs in the eighth came with one out, including Webster’s double to left-centerfield that plated both Embler and Budzik. Josh Madole followed with a single to left field, scoring Webster, and Coleman Sawyer drove in the final run on a single to centerfield.
Four UNCG hitters finished with at least two hits on the night, including Webster who was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs. Budzik had the first two hits of his Spartan career and finished 2-for-3 from the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Madole was instrumental with a 2-for-4 outing that resulted in an RBI and two runs, while Koonce tied Webster for the team lead in RBI (three) after going 2-for-4 at the plate.
FAST FACTS (vs. High Point)
-The win marks the 199th in the coaching career of Spartan head coach Link Jarrett.
-UNCG finished with 12 hits in the game, marking the 10th time this season that the Spartans have had double-digit hits.
-Before his two-hit performance tonight, Zack Budzik was 0-for-3 from the plate with a run and two walks.
-Corey Jackson moved to 4-1 on the season after tossing 3.1 innings, allowing three hits and striking out three HPU batters.
-The UNCG pitching staff allowed just one walk while striking out seven Panther hitters.
-UNCG is now 76-51 all-time against current Big South Conference schools and is 21-12 against High Point.
-Coleman Sawyer moved his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to centerfield in the bottom of the eighth.
HEAD COACH LINK JARRETT ANALYSIS
"Colin (Best) executed well tonight. We needed him to get us into the ballgame and he did. He is continuing to develop his craft. He helped us tonight. Corey (Jackson) was very sharp and efficient. He pitched well, with his fastball slider and change up. Good to see. (Brandon) Stephens was very solid and executed nicely to finish. Budzik played very well in his first start at short delivering multiple key hits. Webster also had a very good night w his timely home run and double. Koonce triple was the game changer. He played a very nice offensive and defensive game. Our base running was also good tonight. Gottfried pitched very well for HPU. Good solid win for us."
DUE UP NEXT
The Spartans remain at home through the weekend, hosting Furman for a three-game series that begins on Friday, April 5th at 6 p.m. That will be followed by a 3 p.m. game on Saturday before the series draws to a close on Sunday, April 7th at 1 p.m.