GREENSBORO, N.C. – After defeating the Elon Phoenix last night, UNCG baseball returns to the diamond tomorrow evening as the Lafayette Leopards come to Greensboro for a three game series this weekend. Games will be played at the UNCG Baseball Stadium Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
UNCG owns a 4-0 all-time record against the Leopards, winning all four games in the four-game series a season ago.
There will be live stats for all three games and a video stream for the first two games of the series. The video will be live on the SoCon Digital Network. Live stats are courtesy of UNCGStats.com. Links for these services are on the UNCG baseball schedule page.
The Spartans have won five of their last six games; including a series win over the 2017 MAAC champion Marist last weekend. Last time out, UNCG’s Jack Maynard (Crozet, Va./Patrick Henry CC) locked down Elon for 3.1 innings, striking out eight hitters as he set the stage for Tripp Shelton (Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth). With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Shelton drove a single up the middle to score a pair and give UNCG the 7-5 lead. Andrew Wantz (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) locked down the ninth, striking out the side.
Matt Frisbee (Candler, N.C./Enka) has started on the mound to open every series on the season. Frisbee has a 1-0 record, earning a 1.62 ERA, having allowed three earned runs in 16.2 innings of work. He’s allowed just two extra base hits and the Spartans are 2-1 in his starts. Bryce Hensley (Asheville, N.C./Catawba Valley CC) logged three Saturday starts to go with a 1-1 record. Last time out; Hensley logged 5.0 innings as he earned the win over Marist. Sunday has seen Trey Kissack (Grand Island, Neb./Southeast CC) take the hill. The sophomore struck out a season-high five hitters in his first appearance against Appalachian State to open the season.
UNCG relies on three primary relievers in Easton Welch (Randleman, N.C./Gardner-Webb), Andrew Wantz (Holly Springs, N.C./Holly Springs) and Maynard. Welch has logged eight appearances and 12.0 innings. He’s allowed just four extra-base hits as the Spartans have gone 6-2 in games when Welch makes an appearance. He’s induced a team-high three double plays.
Maynard has a 3-1 record in his seven appearances. His 22 strikeouts are tied for the most on the team as he has tied his career-high eight strikeouts twice this year. His 16.2 innings of work is the most on the team as he’s allowed just three earned runs on the season. Wantz is tied with Maynard for the team-lead with 22 strikeouts as he’s earned a 2-0 record and a team-high four saves serving as the closer. Wantz has allowed just two extra base hits and opponents are hitting just .160 against him on the year.
Cesar Trejo (Greensboro, N.C./Ragsdale) leads the Spartan offense with a .489 average (22-for-45) and has driven in a team-best 16 runs. He’s gone for extra-bases 11 times and stole a team-best five bases in five attempts. Austin Embler (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) and Greg Hardison (Greenville, N.C./JH Rose) each hit over .400 on the season. Embler serves as the leadoff man and scored a team-high 14 runs. Hardison has four extra-base hits, including a pair of triples. Dillon Stewart (Coats, N.C./Brunswick CC) leads the team with three home runs and has driven in 12 RBI with four stolen bases.
Lafayette enters at 6-6 on the season, winning five of its last six games. Last weekend, the Leopards took part in a four-game series at Maryland Eastern Shore, taking three of four before earning a 10-2 win at Fairleigh Dickinson during the midweek.
Lafayette hits at a .246 team average as 18 players have registered at least one at bat this year. John Marti leads the Leopards with a .394 (13-for-33) average, driving in four runs in 10 games. Four players have started all 12 games, hitting between .209 and .217. Patrick Nelson leads the team with seven RBI, hitting at a .217 (10-for-46) clip. Quentin Bubb has been tough on the bases, leading the team with six stolen bases on the year. Steven Cohen and Marti have each scored nine runs to lead the Leopards.
Brett Kreyer, Mark Anderson and John Cain have each registered three starts this year. Kenny Campbell has made three appearances with one start earning a 1.74 ERA. Kreyer got the ball top open the series against Maryland Eastern Shore, logging a quality start with 6.2 innings, three earned runs and struck out four hitters. On the season, Kreyer has a 1-2 record with a 5.17 ERA. He’s worked a team-high 15.2 innings, and struck out 17 hitters. Campbell got the start in the second game of the Maryland Eastern Shore series, logging 7.0 shutout innings, walking one hitter and striking out six to earn his first win.
Cain’s last start saw him go 2.0 innings in the third game against the Hawks. Cain gave up two hits, three runs; one earned and struck out three hitters in the loss. Anderson made a relief appearance, going 1.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out two hitters.
In the finale against Maryland Eastern Shore, Brian Lannino went 5.0 innings, scattering three hits an unearned run and a pair of strikeouts as he earned his first victory of the season. Lannino has worked 8.2 innings, with five strikeouts to earn a 1-1 record.
JP Woodward, Andrew Marra, Connor Jones and Michael Dunn have served as the primary relievers for the Leopards. Woodward and Marra have yet to give up a run and each have earned a save. Woodward has gone 3.2 innings, allowing one hit and striking out five hitters. Marra has worked 2.1 innings and allowed one earned run with three strikeouts. Jones has a 1.59 ERA and has worked 5.2 innings in four games, allowing just one earned run and striking out two hitters. Dunn also has a 1.59 ERA, working in 5.2 innings in five games. Dunn has allowed one earned run to go with five strikeouts.