GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG baseball got a good start from junior left-hander Jake Lewis and managed just enough offense to earn the 2-0 victory over the visiting Charlotte 49ers Tuesday evening. The matchup was Charlotte’s first in Greensboro since the 2002 season and evens head coach Link Jarrett’s record to 1-1 against the 49ers. UNCG improves to 21-7 on the season, while Charlotte falls to 15-13 with the loss.
“Two of the three phases were really good tonight.” Jarrett said, “We pitched very, very well. (Jake) Lewis was sharp all night and probably got better as he went. Jack Maynard came in to finish it off and it was important for our team that Lewis got us a good quality start and made the most of his pitch count. We weren’t going to let him throw an unlimited amount of pitches, but he got us where we needed to get and probably beyond. Jack was very efficient. When you pitch and play that kind of defense, it keeps you in any ball game.”
“We did enough offensively tonight.” Jarrett continued, “That’s a very good team that we played tonight. Their pitching did a very nice job. Cesar’s (Trejo) double, (Zach) Kuchmaner driving him in, that was a big inning and in this ballgame, that was the only scoring there was all night. You had a couple good at bats back-to-back and that was a good quality win against a very good team. I’m proud of the way we pitched, I’m proud of the way we defended and we did enough offensively to come out of here with a win.”
Jake Lewis got the start on the hill. The junior tossed 5.2 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four hitters before giving way to Jack Maynard. Maynard tossed the final 3.1 innings without allowing a base runner, retiring all 10 hitters he faced on just 33 pitches, with three strikeouts. The two combined for UNCG’s first shutout of the season and the three hits allowed are the lowest for an opponent on the year.
The Spartan offense was held to a season-low four hits in the contest. Cesar Trejo led the team with a 2-for-3 performance with a pair of doubles. Zach Kuchmaner made the most of his first start as the designated hitter, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run. Ryan Clinch provided the other RBI and went 1-for-3.
UNCG got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Trejo led off the inning with a double to center field. He came around to score when Kuchmaner dropped a single into center field. Kuchmaner moved up on a wild pitch before coming around to score when Clinch’s grounder got by the lunging Charlotte first baseman for an RBI single.
The Spartans return to the field this Friday as they head to Cullowhee for a Southern Conference matchup with the Western Carolina Catamounts at 5 p.m.