Baseball Falls To Samford In Home Finale
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Playing at home for the last time in 2014 Sunday, the UNCG baseball team fell to Samford 14-7 inside the UNCG Baseball Stadium. The Spartans fall to 21-21 overall and 8-10 in Southern Conference play while the Bulldogs improve to 28-20 and 12-9.
Senior RHP Dylan Thompson (Snow Camp, N.C./Guilford Technical CC) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs (all earned) on eight hits with three walks and no strikeouts. Parker Curry earned the victory in relief, tossing five innings and allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Junior Eric Kalbfleisch paced the UNCG offense with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate while also tallying three RBIs and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter and redshirt junior Zac MacAneney (Gibsonville, N.C./Virginia Tech) also racked up three hits and scored two runs. Drew McWhorter and Heath Quinn led the 20-hit Samford attack with four base knocks apiece. Additionally, junior Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) reached base safely for the 25th consecutive contest, notching two hits.
The Bulldogs looked to put the game away early, scoring three runs on four hits and a Spartan error in the top of the first. With two away in the bottom of the inning, Kalbfleisch cleared the scoreboard in right field for his fifth home run of the season, drawing UNCG to within 3-1. King and junior Tyler Long (Halifax, Va./Louisburg College) followed with doubles to make the score 3-2 before junior Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) singled up the middle to knot the game at three.
After Thompson held the Bulldogs scoreless in the top of the second, a two-out, two-run single by Kalbfleisch gave the Blue and Gold its first lead at 5-3.
That advantage did not last long as Samford plated four more runs in the top of the third on three hits to surge ahead 7-5. The big blow was a three-run triple by Jared Watson. UNCG’s offense went silent from there and the Bulldogs put the game away with two in the fourth and three in the sixth.
The Spartans return to action next weekend when they travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for a three-game SoCon series at Wofford.