CHARLESTON, S.C. – UNCG baseball earned a 14-5 victory over The Citadel Bulldogs Friday night at Joseph P. Riley Park. Matt Frisbee earned his 10th win of the season and 23rd of his career, tying senior Andrew Wantz for the fifth-most in program history. The Spartan offense racked up 17 hits, led by a 5-for-5 performance from Dillon Stewart. Andrew Moritz drove in a career-best five runs in the victory with a single and a home run. The Spartans improve to 35-12 overall and 16-3 in Southern Conference play. The Citadel falls to 17-30 and 6-13 in league play.
Frisbee started his 44th game of his career on the hill Friday night. The junior went 6.0 innings allowing one earned run on six hits and struck out seven to earn his 10th win of the season. That total ties for fifth-most in single season program history. Dan Loats worked in relief, going 1.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned and struck out a hitter. Jeremiah Triplett was next on, working the final 1.2 innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out one.
“We got a really good start tonight.” Head coach Link Jarrett said, “(Matt) Frisbee’s fastball, slider and changeup were all in play tonight and he obviously pitched really well. It was nice to get Dan (Loats) back out and see him have an effective inning and it was good to run Jeremiah (Triplett) back out for a second-straight game.”
Led by Stewart and Moritz, UNCG scored 14 runs, tied for the most runs scored in a game this season. Of the 17 hits, six were for extra bases with three doubles, two triples and a homer. Moritz hit his fifth home run of the season as part of a 2-for-5 contest. Caleb Webster added a 3-for-6 game and scored three times. Ryan Clinch finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and Tripp Shelton added a 2-for-4 game and drove in two runs.
“Offensively, it was nice to see some of the extra base hits.” Jarrett continued, “When you can do that, it allows you to open up your offense and score in bunches and we did that tonight. (Dillon) Stewart had a fantastic night, five hits, one of those on a hit and run. (Andrew) Moritz, every ball he hit tonight was on the button, even the lineouts, and the home run was big. (Ryan) Clinch, the triple to get us going, to get us on the board early. He had good at bats and caught really well. Tripp (Shelton) had some timely hits for us. It was a good win, we played sharp in all phases and it was a quality win. I’m proud of the way we came in and played on Friday night.”
UNCG pushed across solo runs in the top of the second and third innings. In the second, Stewart singled to put a runner on for Ryan Clinch. Clinch tripled to right center to drive in the first run of the day. The third inning saw Josh Madole lead off with a walk and advanced on an Austin Embler sacrifice bunt. After a ground out moved Madole to third, a passed ball allowed the run to score and UNCG took a 2-0 lead.
The Spartans added another run in the top of the fourth inning. After a one-out double from Stewart, Tripp Shelton drove a pitch back up the middle to drive him in and put UNCG up, 3-0.
UNCG broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning. Madole led off with a single and scored when Webster hit a sharp grounder past The Citadel third baseman that was ruled an error. Moritz followed with a home run to right field to drive in two before back-to-back singles from Cesar Trejo and Stewart reignited the rally. Back-to-back walks pushed Trejo home and the Spartans took a 7-0 lead after four and a half innings.
The Blue and Gold drove in three more in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Webster hit his first triple of the season and scored on a ground out from Moritz. After a walk to Trejo and a single from Stewart, both came around to score after Clinch doubled to right center to put the Spartans up 10-0.
The Citadel got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Back-to-back singles put runners on the corners for Ben Peden who delivered a sacrifice fly to center to cut the lead to 10-1.
UNCG answered in the top of the seventh inning, driving in three more. Madole scored on a wild pitch before Moritz drove in a pair with a single to go up 13-1.
The Bulldogs pushed across a pair in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a bases loaded balk and an error to cut the lead to 13-3.
UNCG scored a run in the top of the ninth on a Shelton single to go up 14-5. The Citadel added two runs in the bottom of the ninth but Triplett closed the night with a fielder’s choice to end the rally.