Edwards' Record-Breaking Walkoff Lifts Baseball Past The Citadel
GREENSBORO, N.C. – With the UNCG baseball team trailing 11-10 and down to its last strike in the game, senior infielder Trevor Edwards sent a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left center to break the UNCG career home run record and lift the Spartans to a 13-11 victory over the Citadel Friday evening at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Spartans improve to 23-31 overall and 10-19 in league play while the Bulldogs drop to 32-23 and 18-11.
The round-tripper was the 39th of Edwards' career and team-leading 13th blast. He is also the active Southern Conference leader in the statistic. Edwards ended the contest 2-for-6 with a home run, double, a run scored and four runs driven in.
The Blue and Gold pounded out 18 hits in the game as five batters recorded at least three base knocks apiece. Senior infielder Lloyd Enzor was 3-for-5 with three RBIs while senior outfielder Christian Wolfe turned in a 3-for-6 performance with four runs scored and two driven in. He now has 85 hits on the season and is tied for the team lead with 42 runs scored.
Freshman RHP Ryan Clark earned his fifth win of the season against one loss as he threw the top of the ninth and gave up an unearned run on one hit. Starter and sophomore RHP Max Povse struck out six in five and a third innings.
After allowing runners to reach second and third with just one out in the top of the first, Povse struck out Bo Thompson for the second out. However, Tyler Griffin sent a seeing-eye single just past the glove of senior infielder TJ Spina in the hole to score both runs and give The Citadel an early 2-0 advantage.
The Spartans would respond in the home half of the first as Wolfe led off with a single to right. After two flyouts, Enzor singled up the middle and advanced to second on a throw to third attempting to nab Wolfe. Sophomore outfielder Eric Kalbfleisch walked to load the bases and junior catcher Cambric Moye worked a full count walk of his own to plate Wolfe and make it a 2-1 ballgame.
A scoreless second inning gave way to the third in which both teams plated a run to leave the Bulldogs with a 3-2 lead. UNCG looked to take control of the proceedings in the bottom of the fourth. Junior infielder Sean Guite singled up the middle and redshirt freshman infielder Nin Marrero poked a base knock to left center. Wolfe then reached on a fielder's choice which erased Marrero and advanced Guite to third base. Spina laid down a bunt which allowed Guite to score, but The Citadel starter Logan Cribb could not handle the bunt and Spina reached safely. That miscue proved critical as with two outs, Enzor singled through the right side to score both runners and give the Spartans a 5-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs got right back into the thick of things, scoring a run on a RBI single by Drew DeKergeland before plating five big ones in the sixth off UNCG reliever and junior LHP Dylan Hathcock. A two-run single and a three-run blast by Griffin capped The Citadel's rally and put the visitors ahead 9-5.
The teams traded runs in their next at bats to keep the Bulldogs in front by four runs, but three two-out scores in the bottom of the seventh pulled the Spartans to within a run at 10-9. The inning began innocently enough as Moye struck out swinging and sophomore outfielder Zac MacAneney flew out to left center.
Guite began the stirring rally with an infield single before Marrero doubled to left center to bring him home. Wolfe and Spina followed close behind with a RBI single and RBI double respectively to cap the scoring.
Neither team could push across a run in the eighth. The Bulldogs plated an unearned tally in the top of the ninth, extending their lead to 11-9 and setting up the bottom of the ninth dramatics.
MacAneney flied out to begin the half inning, but Guite walked on four-straight pitches and Marrero singled up the middle. Guite moved to third on the play and Wolfe delivered with a RBI single to center which pulled UNCG to within 11-10. Spina would foul out to first on a 2-0 pitch for the second out, bringing up Edwards.
The senior swung at the first two pitches and fell behind 0-2 before working it back to a 2-2 count. He would not miss the fifth pitch as he roped it over the wall in left center for the record breaker and the victory.
The Blue and Gold closes out its 2013 campaign Sunday with the series finale against The Citadel. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and the Spartans will honor their eight seniors in a pregame ceremony.
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