Baseball Sweeps Princeton In Saturday Twinbill
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG pounded out 22 runs on 31 hits and took advantage of six Princeton errors Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from the Tigers by scores of 11-10 (12 innings) and 11-1 at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Spartans led 7-1 in game one before allowing Princeton to rally late to send the game to extra innings. UNCG would prevail in the bottom of the 12th in walkoff fashion. The second contest was all Blue and Gold as the Spartans scored seven runs in the fourth inning and did not look back.
Senior infielder Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) continued his stellar week at the dish, going 9-for-12 with seven runs scored in the two games. He racked up a career-high six hits in the first contest, tying a school record set first by Joey DeAngelis against North Carolina A&T Feb. 16, 1994. His five runs scored in the game also tied a program single-season record.
Junior LHP Tyler Long (1-0) (Halifax, Va./Louisburg College) picked up his first win of the season in the opener, throwing the final 2.2 innings without allowing a run while also scattering two hits. In the nightcap, junior RHP Max Povse (3-1) (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) earned his third victory of the campaign, pitching a solid six innings and giving up just one run on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
The Tigers broke onto the scoreboard first, as Paul Tupper singled to left and Zack Belski singled down the right field line before Tyler Servais grounded into a double play allowing Tupper to score for a 1-0 Princeton lead.
UNCG answered in the bottom of the third. Guite doubled to begin the half inning before sophomore catcher Jake Hall (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) flied out to left. Junior infielder Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) then stepped up and drove a pitch over the right field wall for his second home run of the campaign - making the score 2-1 in favor of the Spartans.
The Blue and Gold kept the offense going in the bottom of the fourth, exploding for five runs on five hits and a Princeton error to extend the cushion to 7-1. The big blow was a two-RBI triple to right center by junior outfielder L.J. Kalawaia (Wailuku, Hawai’i/Ohlone College).
The Spartans looked to be cruising along until they ran into trouble starting in the top of the seventh inning. Junior LHP Blair Betts (Cary, N.C./Indiana) relieved Clark with one away and retired the first batter he saw to put two quick outs on the board. However, a pair of back-to-back RBI doubles turned into two Tiger runs and cut the UNCG lead to 7-3 at the stretch.
After Spartan reliever and RHP Tyler Frazier (Fairfax Station, Va./South County) was victimized by three unearned runs in the top of the eighth, a RBI sacrifice bunt by McDonald in the bottom of the frame left the score 8-6 in favor of UNCG going to the ninth. Freshman RHP Adam Swim (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) then entered in an attempt to record his second save of the season, but he allowed a two-out, two-RBI single to pinch hitter Andres Larramendi that knotted the score at eight. The runs were unearned as the Spartans committed a fielding error earlier in the frame. Long drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth but it would not result in the winning run as the contest moved to extra innings.
Alec Keller tripled to lead off the top of the 10th, Danny Baer struck out swinging. Danny Hoy reached on a fielding error and Nick Hernandez drew a walk to load the bases. Tupper then gave his team its first lead of the afternoon with a two-RBI single to right field as Princeton moved ahead 10-8.
Guite and junior infielder Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) singled in the bottom of the inning and with one out, McDonald recorded a sacrifice fly to score Guite and slice the Tiger lead to one. Down to their last out, the Spartans took advantage of a fielding error with Kalawaia at bat as King was able to score on the play to deadlock the score once more.
Both teams recorded a hit in their respective halves of the 11th inning but could not score. A double play helped UNCG escape the top of the 12th unharmed and with a chance to take the game in the bottom of the inning.
Guite tripled to lead off before Hall was intentionally walked. King then came through with his third game-winning hit of the season, a RBI single through the left side that plated Guite.
The Spartans out-hit the Tigers 17-16 in the slugfest and produced six extra-base hits.
As in the opener, Princeton plated the game’s first run on four hits – this time in the top of the first inning. UNCG answered with two runs on three hits, including a two-run single by redshirt freshman infielder Julian Abreu (Miami, Fla./Florida Christian) in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 edge.
The Spartans put up their largest single-inning output of the season in the fourth, piling up seven hits and using a Tiger error to plate seven runs and blow the contest wide open. When the dust settled, UNCG found itself with a 9-1 advantage. A total of six Spartan players drove in runs in the big frame.
Another Princeton miscue in the bottom of the fifth resulted in the 10th run of the game for the Blue and Gold and junior outfielder Nick Chapman (Morganton, N.C./Patton) recorded a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to account for the game’s final 10-run margin.
UNCG racked up 14 hits in the nightcap as compared to 10 for the visitors and all of the 24 hits were of the single variety.
The series finale, orginially scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m., will now be played tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 a.m. inside the UNCG Baseball Stadium.