GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Greensboro softball (28-19, 10-4) claimed the sweep of Mercer (22-27, 7-7) with an 8-4 win Sunday afternoon at Sikes Field. The Spartans wrapped up road Southern Conference play with a perfect 9-0 record with three series sweeps, becoming the second team in program history to be undefeated in road league play (8-0 in the Big South in 1995).
That's 3️⃣ road @SoConSports 🧹🧹🧹 this year with an 8️⃣-4️⃣ win at Mercer today! We're the 1st team in school history to finish a season undefeated in road SoCon play #letsgoG #SpartanHistory pic.twitter.com/MxfobwjTCo— UNCG Softball (@UNCGSoftball) April 28, 2019
UNCG moved into a tied for first place in the SoCon standings with Samford with one week left in the season. The Spartans will host ETSU next weekend while the Bulldogs will head to Chattanooga.
The Bears got on the board first with a two-out, RBI-single to right field in the second inning, but the Spartans busted out for five runs in the fourth inning. Monica Pepe led off with a walk and stole second base, and Delaney Cumbie drew a walk. After both advanced a base on a groundout by Marisa Sholtes, Stephanie Bryden knocked in the pair with a double down the left field line and then went to third on a wild pitch. Following a walk by Gabi Howard, Kamryn Graves hit her second homer of the series and fourth of the year to left field for the final three runs.
Mercer was able to cut its deficit to one with a two-run triple in the fourth inning and leadoff homer to centerfield in the sixth inning.
The Spartans pushed their lead back to four in the final inning. Rachel Johnson reached base on a fielding error by the shortstop, and Pepe laid down a bunt for a single with one out. Cumbie then hit her fifth homer of the year to left center.
UNCG plays its final non-conference game of the regular season Wednesday at home at 4 p.m. against Winthrop.
News and Notes
- Bryden (20-10) threw her 17th complete game, allowing four runs, eight hits and one walk with nine strikeouts.
With her 3rd strikeout of the series finale at Mercer, @StephBryden_03 recorded her 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th of the season! She's just the 3rd Spartan to reach the historic mark #letsgoG pic.twitter.com/9A7o2EyNMR— UNCG Softball (@UNCGSoftball) April 28, 2019
- Bryden moved ahead of Amber Watson (2000-03) for the fifth-most career wins in program history at 49 and tied volunteer coach Alicia Bazonski (2018) for the eighth-most wins in a single-season.
- The Spartans finished with eight homers and 20 walks in the series. The Bears had just one home run and two walks on the weekend.
- Cumbie went 1-2 with two runs & two walks.
- Howard had a single & three walks in her four plate appearances.
- Pepe was 2-2 with two runs & two walks.
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