GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG baseball maintained its perfect record at home with a pair of wins against Jacksonville University on Saturday, March 16. The Spartans rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to complete a 5-4 victory in game one, before putting together a pair of five-run innings to earn a 13-3 win in the nightcap.
UNCG improved to 13-4 overall with the wins, while the Dolphins slipped to 11-8 on the season. The Spartans, who are now 13-0 at home to start the season, have the 13-game start at UNCG Stadium in the coaching career of Link Jarrett.
UNCG’s junior standout Caleb Webster extended his hitting streak to six straight games after going 1-for-5 in the first game of the day and 1-for-4 in the second contest. He is now tied with teammate Josh Madole for the longest hitting streak of the season.
Leading the way for the Spartans on the mound were Corey Jackson, who improved to 2-0 on the season in the first game, and Brandon Stephens, who evened his mark to 1-1 on the season in the second game.
UNCG will conclude the three-game series on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.
UNCG FAST FACTS (GAME 1)
-Spartan starter Phillip Sanderson tied his single-game season-high in strikeouts (six) as he faced 28 batters over seven innings of work where he scattered six hits, allowed two runs and two walks.
-Corey Jackson came out of the bullpen to grab his second win of the season. Jackson allowed three hits, two runs and two walks over two innings. It marked the first time in his 10 appearances in 2019 that he failed to record a strikeout.
-Greg Hardison (2-3. 2 runs) and Jacquez Koonce (2-4, RBI) led the way for the top-third of the UNCG lineup, which accounted for five of the team’s nine hits in the game.
-The four runs in the ninth mark the first time in 2019 that UNCG has scored in the ninth inning. The Spartans improved their mark to 1-3 on the season when leading after nine innings.
-While an 0-for-3 performance ended Ryan Caveness’ hitting streak at five games, teammate Caleb Webster extended his hitting streak to five straight with a 1-for-5 outing at the plate that included an RBI.
UNCG FAST FACTS (GAME 2)
-The Spartans scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, tying the most runs in a single inning with a five-run fifth that came against Quinnipiac (Feb. 15) in the season opener.
-UNCG topped double figure runs for the third time this season. The most in a single game was 12, which came in the 2019 opener versus Quinnipiac (Feb. 15).
-Spartans head coach Link Jarrett is now six wins away from his 200th career coaching victory.
-Caleb Webster tied Madole for the longest hitting streak by a Spartan this season (six games) after finishing the game 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored
-Brandon Stephens, one of three pitchers to toe the rubber for the Spartans in the game, evened his record to 1-1 on the season after tossing 2.2 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two of the 10 Dolphin hitters he faced.
-Austin Embler recorded his third double of the season and Zach Kuchmaner had his first triple of the slate as UNCG tallied two extra-base hits in the contest.
LINK JARRETT ON THE DOUBLEHEADER
“Great come from behind win in game one. Jacksonville is obviously a very talented team. (Phillip)Sanderson settled in nicely after trouble in the second inning. Our defense played very well behind him. (Jacquez) Koonce had a solid offensive game executing well in key spots. (Tyler) Santana did a very nice job for JU- he had a quality outing. (Caleb) Webster’s two-strike hit was critical in the ninth and some other disciplined at bats allowed us to create a big inning. So proud of the determination this team shows to find ways to create.”
“(Jeremiah) Triplett was sharp early but was not able to extend his outing. (Brandon) Stephens took over and held the game in check very nicely. He had good poise and threw well. (Jack) Voigt finished and good feel for three pitches. (Austin) Embler and (Hogan) Windish had great at bats and some key hits. (Ryan) Caveness also had a two-strike two-RBI hit that helped us extend the inning. I thought (Coleman) Sawyer’s pinch hit two-run single was huge, he also had another key RBI. (Trent) Palmer had really good stuff for them and I am proud of our hitters for grinding out at bats all night.”