UNCG looks for season sweep of Duke
UNCG (22-23, 7-17 SoCon) vs. Duke Blue Devils (17-29, 7-17 ACC)
UNCG Baseball Stadium • Greensboro, N.C.
May 9, 2012 • Game 46 • 6 p.m.
• After wrapping up its longest road trip of the year at seven games, UNCG returns to the friendly confines of UNCG Baseball Stadium for the first time since April 21 to step out of conference for round two against the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
• The Spartans will try to get back to .500 after dipping below that mark for the first time since May 2010. UNCG is 16-11 at home this year and is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since defeating Davidson (April 21) and No. 10 North Carolina (April 24).
• UNCG's Cambric Moye and Bobby Martin have caught fire over the last 10 games for the Spartans as both have contributed offensively in different ways. Moye hit home runs in back-to-back games over the weekend at Appalachian State to triple his home run total from one to three while throwing out three-of-five base runners. The Goldsboro, N.C., native leads the team with a .435 (10-for-23) batting average, .696 slugging percentage and a .517 on-base percentage over that span. Martin is hitting at a .350 (14-for-40) clip with a double and a triple over the last 10 games. Martin has pestered defenses as he has successfully stolen four bases in four attempts and has scored a team-high nine runs. The senior has shown patience as he has walked a team-high seven times and has collected three RBI over the span.
• Junior Zach Leach continues to impress as he sits second on the team with a .327 batting average. He hit two triples with five RBI and slugged .750 against the SoCon-leading Appalachian State Mountaineers over the weekend. The Herndon, Va., native sits in the top three in almost every statistical category for UNCG and leads the team with four triples on the season and sits tied for second with six stolen bases. Earlier in the year, Leach put together an 18-game hitting streak, which was second best in the Southern Conference and a team best.
• Duke leads the overall series, 7-4, against UNCG. However, UNCG defeated Duke on April 10, 4-3. Duke jumped out to a 3-1 lead after five innings of play, but UNCG stormed back with three unanswered runs and used excellent pitching from its bullpen to secure the victory. The bullpen allowed only one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings while Duke committed four errors on the evening. Christian Wolfe, Cole Harrison, Trevor Edwards and Kris Richards each collected an RBI in the game.
• On Sunday, Duke throttled Longwood, 9-2, as five Blue Devils collected at least one RBI and used strong pitching as Longwood didn't get on the scoreboard until the eighth inning.
• Over the weekend, UNCG travelled to Boone, N.C., to face off with the SoCon-leading Mountaineers of Appalachian State. All three games proved to be very entertaining as Appalachian State took the first two games of the series by one run, 8-7 and 5-4. However, the Spartans got the last laugh as they defeated the Mountaineers, 10-8, on Appalachian State's senior day and handed the Mountaineers only their second loss at home of the 2012 campaign.
• Mike Rosenfield will pace the Blue Devil offense as he leads the team with a .343 batting average, 47 hits and seven stolen bases. Rosenfield has filled the stat sheet as he has hit seven doubles, two triples and four dingers on the season to go along with 11 walks, four hit-by-pitches and 28 RBI. Will Piwnica-Worms leads the team with six home runs, 29 RBI and 81 total bases. Duke's Marcus Stroman and David Putman will man the pitching staff as Stroman has amassed 119 strikeouts and allowed just 22 walks in 84 innings of work. Putman leads the team with 21 appearances and five saves while accumulating a 3.25 ERA with 33 strikeouts.
• Like last year, the Spartans are thriving on "small ball" and currently are second in the nation with 74 sacrifice bunts on the season. Long Beach State has surpassed the Spartans and has 77. Moye leads the team with 13 while Richards has 10. Leach, Martin and Wolfe have chipped in with nine each and Thomas Troelstrup has chimed in with eight.
• It has been a tale of two halves of innings for UNCG as the opposition has outscored UNCG 35-21 in the first inning and 27-11 in the ninth. However, the Spartans enjoy the fifth inning as they hold a 22-run advantage, 48-26, over their opponents.
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