GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG spotted Georgetown a 4-0 lead in Sunday’s series finale but out-scored the Hoyas 10-5 the rest of the way to post a 10-9 victory and complete the sweep inside the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-5 overall while Georgetown drops to 3-6. The sweep was the first of the three-game variety for UNCG since early in the 2012 campaign when the Blue and Gold won three-straight over Penn State in Greensboro.
Freshman RHP Adam Swim (1-0) (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) picked up the first win of his collegiate career, throwing the last 1.1 innings allowing two hits and striking out one. Tim Davis (0-1) was saddled with his first loss of the campaign, hurling the final 0.2 innings and giving up one run on one hit.
Senior infielder Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) had a career day, going 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore catcher Jake Hall (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) and junior infielder Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) also produced multi-hit efforts with two base knocks apiece. Hall tallied three runs scored while King drove in a pair of runs. Additionally, junior outfielder Nick Chapman (Morganton, N.C./Patton) and junior infielder Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) posted two RBI each.
The Spartans out-hit the Hoyas 12-11 and the teams combined for six errors – four by Georgetown. The double-digit hit output was the third straight for UNCG and the fifth in the last six games.
Georgetown took early control of the game in the top of the second, scoring four runs on five hits including a trio of doubles. The Blue and Gold responded in the bottom of the frame, netting a pair of runs on a two-out, two-RBI double by Guite which scored Hall and junior outfielder Tyler Long (Halifax, Va./Louisburg College).
Nick Collins led off the top of the third with a single up the middle before Spartan starter and junior RHP Lee Gilliam (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) walked the bases loaded with one away. Patrick Camporini brought the Hoyas’ fifth run across with a sacrifice fly to center field and Evan Ryan followed with a RBI double to push the Georgetown lead back to four runs at 6-2.
UNCG exploded in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs on five hits and a GU error. Redshirt sophomore outfielder Nin Marrero (Greensboro, N.C./Western Guilford) began the frame with a triple to the gap in right center – extending his current hitting streak to nine games. Then, with one away, King and Hall hit consecutive singles to score Marrero and leave themselves on first and third. Long reached on an error to keep the line moving and scored two runs before Guite laid down a bunt single that plated McDonald and pull the Spartans even at 6-6. Chapman came up with a big hit later in the inning, posting a two-out, two-RBI single to put UNCG in front, 8-6.
A RBI double by McDonald in the bottom of the fifth extended the Spartan advantage to 9-6 and the score would remain the same heading into the sixth inning.
The Hoyas began their comeback with a RBI groundout with no outs in the top of the sixth. Georgetown would tie the score at nine in the top of the eighth on two hits and two UNCG errors as Eric Webber and Christian Venditti came up with RBI singles in the inning.
With the momentum on the visitors’ side, King tallied his second home run of the season with one out in the bottom of the eighth to put the Spartans back on top, 10-9. A pair of groundouts would end the frame with UNCG holding on tight to the one-run edge.
AC Carter singled to lead off the top of the ninth and would advance to second when Camporini drew a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs. Swim got Beau Hall to strike out swinging for the first out, bringing up Jake Kuzbel. The Spartans made a great defensive play in the at bat, turning a 5-3 double play to escape with the victory.
UNCG, who is 4-1 on its current seven-game homestand, welcomes Ohio to the UNCG Baseball Stadium Tuesday, March 4, for a non-conference contest. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. As always, admission is free for all fans.
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