Emeterio's two homers not enough as GSU sweeps Spartans

UNCGSpartans.com 04-05-2012
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Despite senior Alex Emeterio's first career two-home run game, UNCG dropped a Southern Conference doubleheader to league-leading Georgia Southern on Friday, 4-2 and 9-3. The Spartans allowed seven unearned runs on the day.

UNCG (16-24, 6-8 SoCon) held early leads in both contests but saw the Eagles (24-12, 10-1 SoCon) rally both times behind some timely hitting and some shaky defense from the Spartans.

Emeterio put UNCG on top in the bottom of the first inning in game one, hitting a solo homer to dead center with two outs.

GSU immediately answered in the second, but the damage could have been far worse. After Tabby Douberley drew a bases-loaded walk with no one out to knot the score, UNCG starter Cory Mattson buckled down to strike out the next two batters and a got a groundout to end the inning, leaving the bases loaded with just one run coming across.

The Eagles took their first lead of the afternoon in the fourth inning, with Alexa Lewis hitting an RBI single with two outs after a UNCG error earlier in the frame prolonged the inning. The Spartans had the quick answer this time, however, with Emeterio hitting her second homer of the day to lead off the fourth. The Murrieta, Calif., native deposited this one into the sand volleyball court beyond the right centerfield wall.

Georgia Southern would take the lead for good the following inning, plating a pair of unearned runs. After a leadoff walk by Marie Fogle, Mattson induced a fielder's choice off the bat of Mackenzie Williams. A UNCG error on the play at second allowed Fogle to reach safely, and three batters later, pinch-runner Breanna McLendon scored on a Kourtny Thomas sacrifice fly.

Andrea Tarashuk then scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2, and Douberley and Lexi Allen drew walks to load the bases. UNCG left fielder Aubrey Baldwin then came up with a huge play to keep the game within reach, making a diving grab on the warning track on Lewis' long fly to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

UNCG couldn't mount a rally, as GSU starter Sarah Purvis retired the next nine batters in order to pick up her 13th win of the season.

Purvis (13-6) allowed two runs on just three hits, with Toni MacReynolds' bloop behind third base accounting for UNCG's only other safety in the contest. Purvis struck out 10, including four straight early in the game.

Mattson (10-12) took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits and seven walks. She struck out six.

Shelby Morrill was 2-for-3 to pace the Eagles in game one.

UNCG also drew first blood in game two, getting a pair of runs in the second inning. Dominique Madruga, who reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning, came in from third on a wild pitch, getting in just ahead of the tag from Williams for the game's first run. Aisha Figueroa followed with an infield single to knock in Tatiana Alcala.

The Eagles got the runs back and then some in the following inning, scoring six runs on three hits and three UNCG errors. Thomas had a two-run double to right field in the frame, while Douberley had an RBI single.

Douberley made it a 7-2 spread in the fifth, hitting a solo homer to left with two outs. The Eagles added two more runs in the seventh inning on Allen's two-run single.

UNCG scratched across a run in the bottom half but couldn't complete the rally. Figueroa hit an infield single with one out, and Baldwin followed with a walk. Emeterio hit a fielder's choice grounder to second, but a GSU error allowed Baldwin to reach second and Figueroa to score. Allie Miles, the SoCon Preseason Pitcher of the Year, got an infield fly and a fielder's choice to end the game.

Miles (2-5) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, striking out three.

Erica Navarette (5-9) surrendered nine runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks, striking out six.

Figueroa had an impressive game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Douberley and Lewis had two hits each for GSU.

The series concludes Saturday with a single game at 1 p.m. at the UNCG Softball Stadium.

Georgia Southern 4, UNCG 2 (Apr 06, 2012 at Greensboro, N.C.) (Game 1)
Georgia Southern.... 010 120 0 -  4  5  0      (23-12, 9-1 SoCon)
UNCG................ 100 100 0 -  2  3  2      (16-23, 6-7 SoCon)
Pitchers: Georgia Southern - Sarah Purvis and Mackenzie Williams. UNCG - Cory Mattson and
Toni MacReynolds.
Win-Sarah Purvis(13-6)  Loss-Cory Mattson(10-12)  T-1:33  A-0
HR UNCG - Alex Emeterio 2 (4).
Weather: 61 degrees, sunny

Georgia Southern 9, UNCG 3 (Apr 06, 2012 at Greensboro, N.C.) (Game 2)
Georgia Southern.... 006 010 2 -  9  8  1      (24-12, 10-1 SoCon)
UNCG................ 020 000 1 -  3  6  3      (16-24, 6-8 SoCon)
Pitchers: Georgia Southern - Allie Miles and Mackenzie Williams. UNCG - Erica Navarette and
Katelyn Bedwell.
Win-Allie Miles(2-5)  Loss-Erica Navarette(5-9)  T-1:56  A-139
HR GSU - Tabby Douberley (3).

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