A Productive Season: Looking At Baseball's Statistical Success
In a season in which UNCG’s baseball team clinched the regular season Southern Conference title, the Spartans finished the year ranking in the top-30 in 13 different team statistical categories, including No. 1 in triples (30) and triples per game (0.56) along with second in batting average (.326).
Before turning the page to what’s next for the baseball team, here’s a look back at all of the statistical areas in which the Spartans finished in the top-30 in NCAA Division I play:
Triples (T-1st with Troy; 30)
Led by 2018 MLB Draft selection Andrew Moritz and his 11 three baggers, the Spartans collected a total of 30 triples from 11 different players.
With his 11 triples in 2018, Moritz pushed his career total to 23, becoming the program’s all-time leader in that category in the process.
Triples Per Game (1st; 0.56)
While UNCG tied Troy for the most triples in the country this past season, the Spartans recorded their 30 triples in nine fewer games than the Trojans.
Batting Average (2nd; .326)
The Spartans finished second in the country in batting average at .326, behind only Tennessee Tech who posted a .332 team average. UNCG was led in this category by Moritz, who posted a .428 average. It was the third highest average in DI.
Additionally, Caleb Webster finished in the top-15 nationally in batting average at .380.
Pitcher W-L Percentage (8th; 72)
UNCG’s offense wasn’t the only thing that troubled opponents in 2018, as the Spartans’ pitching staff also finished in the top 10 in win-loss percentage (72).
Matt Frisbee, who recorded 10-straight victories in outings between Feb. 23 and May 11, led the staff throughout the year.
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings (8th; 9.8)
The Spartans also had batters whiffing at a high rate, finishing in the top-10 in strikes per nine innings as well. Four different pitchers recorded at least 80 strikeouts on the campaign.
Scoring (13th; 7.3 Runs Per Contest)
It was clear from the get-go that the Spartans were going to be putting up a lot of runs on the scoreboard, as they scored at least 10 runs in three of four games in the opening series against Appalachian State.
In total, the Spartans produced double-digit run totals in 15 different games.
On-Base Percentage (15th; .398)
The offense found ways to get on base throughout the season, nearly collecting a .400 on-base percentage. Moritz finished 13th-overall in the category at .492.
Slugging Percentage (17th; .468)
Another area in which UNCG was successful with its offense was slugging percentage at .478, with Moritz and Cesar Trejo finishing in the top-150 nationally.
Strikeout-To-Walk Ratio (18th; 2.74)
UNCG had more of a tendency to send batters back to the dugout than giving them free bases, finishing in the top-20 in strikeouts-to-walk ratio.
Jack Maynard led UNCG’s pitchers in this category with a 7.36 ratio, as he struck out 81 batters while allowing just 11 walks.
Hits (20th; 624)
Paced by Moritz (92) and Webster (90), the offense produced more than 600 hits. The Spartans were one of only 27 teams in the country to record at least 600 hits and the only team to do so in less than 60 games.
Fielding Percentage (25th; .978)
Along with being lethal at both the plate and mound, the Spartans also were clean in the field, finishing in the top-25 in fielding percentage.
Stolen Bases Per Game (29th; 1.59)
Once on the bases, the Spartans had the green light to move around the bases, averaging 1.59 stolen bases per game.
Stolen Bases (30th; 86)
The Spartans were a nuisance on the base paths for opponents, registering 86 stolen bases. Trejo posted the most bags swiped on the team with 22, while Dillon Stewart (13), Moritz (12) and Tripp Shelton (10) also registered double-digit totals in this category.
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