UNCG softball back in action at Radford on Tuesday
UNCG (16-27) at Radford (24-13), DH, April 17, 4 p.m., Radford, Va.
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• After a rare weekend off, UNCG returns to action at Radford for a doubleheader at the Highlanders' RU Softball Field on Tuesday.
• UNCG dropped a doubleheader to No. 24 North Carolina last time out, falling 11-0 and 10-0 on Wednesday in Greensboro.
• The Spartans are 28-12 all-time against Radford in a series that started in 1992. UNCG won the first 13 games between the squads before the Highlanders earned their first win against the Spartans in 1997. UNCG turned in an 11-game winning streak in the series from 1999-2002, but Radford has won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the former Big South Conference foes. UNCG was a member of the Big South from the 1993-97 seasons.
• The teams last met in 2008, facing each other four times that season. The Highlanders took a pair of games at the East Carolina Pirate Clash in Greenville, N.C., on March 1-2 before the teams split a doubleheader at Radford on April 1. RU won the first game 4-0 before UNCG took a 10-9 win in eight innings in the second game to salvage the split.
• Senior Alex Emeterio leads the Spartans with a .345 average and a .504 on-base percentage and has struck out just six times in 131 plate appearances. Sophomore Katelyn Bedwell is hitting .317, while classmate Aisha Figueroa is hitting a career-high .313 and has stolen 11 bases in 12 tries. Bedwell and junior Eileen Horsmon are tied with nine home runs and 36 RBI each, good for fourth-most and sixth-most, respectively, in the SoCon. Horsmon, who also leads UNCG with six doubles and two triples, has a team-best .592 slugging percentage.
• UNCG has hit 31 home runs in 43 games this season, good for sixth-most in school history with at least 13 games left on the schedule. Bedwell and Horsmon have combined for 18 of them, while Heather Robb has six, Emeterio has four and Tatiana Alcala, Dominique Madruga and Toni MacReynolds have one each. The Spartans' home run totals have soared under coach Jennifer Herzig, as seven of the top 10 home run totals in school history have come during Herzig's tenure (2006-present).
• Cory Mattson, a senior, leads UNCG with a 3.86 ERA and is 10-14 on the season for her third straight season with at least 10 wins. Freshman Erica Navarette owns a 4.67 ERA and is 5-10 with three saves and sophomore Josie Felix is 1-3 with an 8.13 ERA.
• Emeterio is in the top 10 in school history in career batting average, hits, doubles, triples, runs, RBI, slugging percentage and walks. With 218 hits to her credit, the school record of 227, shared by Karyn Thompson (1993-96) and Jennifer Bonilla (2004-07), is well within Emeterio's reach. Emeterio could also challenge the school record of 11 triples held by Susan Carter (1986-88), as she has eight to her credit.
• With four strikeouts against North Carolina on Wednesday, Mattson moved into sixth place in school history with 369 career Ks, passing Erin Chandler, who had 368 from 1993-96. Next up in Mattson's sights is Christine Hornak, who had 399 strikeouts from 1997-98.
• Radford brings a 24-13 record into Tuesday's doubleheader. The Highlanders have won two straight, taking the final two games of a three-game Big South set against Presbyterian.
• The Highlanders are 12-2 at home on the season, falling only to Presbyterian and Coastal Carolina.
• Radford is 2-0 against the SoCon this season, having beaten Appalachian State on March 22 and Georgia Southern on Feb. 25.
• The Highlanders boast some impressive wins this season. In addition to knocking off SoCon-leading GSU, Radford has beaten Florida State and Virginia. RU mercy-ruled the Cavaliers in the second game of a doubleheader on April 11, winning 12-1 in five innings. Micalah Sacre almost single-handedly beat UVa, tossing a three-hitter and striking out eight while going 4-for-4 at the plate with two homers and five RBI.
• Nichole Beall is the only Highlander hitting over .300 on the year, as she his batting a robust .365 with a team-best nine homers and 20 RBI. Hannah Ojeda is second at .292 on the year, while Sacre is hitting just .223 but has five homers and a team-high 21 RBI.
• Jackie Jenkins is 10-6 in the circle with three saves and a 2.42 ERA, while Sacre is 6-4 with a 2.86 mark and has struck out 72 while walking just 37. Stephanie Dameron is 6-0 and owns a 3.16 ERA.
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