UNCG heads to NC State for final nonconference game
UNCG (24-24, 9-18 SoCon) at No. 13 NC State (36-13, 18-9 ACC)
Doak Field • Raleigh, N.C.
May 15, 2012 • Game 49 • 6 p.m.
• In the midst of seven games in nine days, UNCG will make its last road trip and play in its last nonconference game of the 2012 slate as the Spartans travel down I-40 to battle No. 13 NC State at Doak Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Raleigh, N.C.
• UNCG has won three of its last four contests while NC State is 12-1 in its last 13 games. The Spartans are 5-12 on the road this year while the Wolfpack sport an impressive 24-4 home record. NC State has not lost at home since April 20 when Boston College won a slugfest, 11-10.
• Redshirt junior Lloyd Enzor has banged out two doubles and two triples while scoring four runs in the span. Junior Christian Wolfe has been as equally impressive over the same stretch as he leads the team with a .370 batting average leads the team with a .469 on-base percentage. Wolfe has played flawless defense as he hasn't committed an error over the span and has reached base 15 times.
• Over the weekend, UNCG took two-of-three in a virtually must-win series against the Wofford Terriers. On Friday, Wofford defeated UNCG, 7-4, but the Spartans' Trevor Edwards connected on his 14th homer of the year. On Saturday, five Spartans collected multi-hit performances as UNCG doubled up Wofford, 10-5, to even out the series. In the series finale, UNCG capitalized on seven Wofford errors to win the game, 8-7, and to take the rubber match. With the win on Sunday, UNCG remains one game behind Furman, who holds the tiebreaker over the Spartans, for eighth place and the final spot in the Southern Conference Baseball Championship that starts on May 23.
• Over the weekend, NC State took two-of-three from ACC foe Virginia Tech. On Friday, the two teams battled for 11 innings as the Wolfpack was victorious, 4-2. On Saturday, the Wolfpack topped the Hokies, 6-2. However, Virginia Tech downed NC State, 6-4, to snap the Wolfpack's 12-game winning streak.
• The Wolfpack holds a healthy 22-6 lead in the overall series over UNCG. However, the two teams have split the last six contests. The last time the two teams met was on March 29, 2011, and NC State cruised to a 9-1 victory. The Spartans have won only once as the visiting team in the series and that came 20 years ago on March 3, 1992, when UNCG won 5-2.
• The Spartans are 2-2 this year against ACC opponents. They split the season series against North Carolina as both teams won on the road. UNCG defeated Duke, 4-3, but fell to Wake Forest, 10-2. The Wolfpack has enjoyed playing Southern Conference teams in 2012 as it is a perfect 3-0 on the year and has outscored the opposition 33-3.
• The trio of Chris Diaz, Ryan Mathews and Trea Turner will lead the Wolfpack offense. Turner leads the nation with 50 stolen bases while being thrown out only twice all year. All three players are batting over .300 and have more than 50 hits. Mathews leads the team with 10 home runs and a .610 slugging percentage. Diaz and Turner have played in all 49 contests this year while Mathews has played in 45 of them. The trio has combined for 288 total bases, 43 doubles, 61 walks (35 by Turner), 14 homers, 58 stolen bases and 139 runs scored.
• The Wolfpack pitching staff has proved to be solid all-around as it has a cumulative ERA of 3.23. Opponents are batting a bleak .228 against NC State while striking out 422 times compared to 174 base-on-balls. Carlos Rodon leads the team with a sparking 8-0 record and a 1.41 ERA in 89 2/3 innings of work.
• Like last year, the Spartans are thriving on "small ball" and currently are second in the nation with 78 sacrifice bunts on the season. Long Beach St. has surpassed the Spartans and has 84. Cambric Moye leads the team with 14 while Wolfe and Richards have 10 each. Zach Leach and Bobby Martin 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 35-25 in the first inning and 28-11 in the ninth. However, the Spartans enjoy the fourth and fifth innings as they hold a 30-run advantage, 88-58, over their opponents.
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