Mitchells single gives UNCG 6-5 win over Utah
COLLEGE STATION, TX – Jermaine Mitchell’s RBI single to left field in the bottom of the ninth catapulted UNC Greensboro to a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon in the fifth game of the Domino’s Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic.
Mitchell, a native of Daingerfield, TX, deposited the first pitch he saw from Utah pitcher Brad Devore’s into leftfield to score catcher Adam Deleo from third base. Deleo opened the inning with a single through the left side and Greg Feltes advanced him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Logan Smith reached base with an intentional walk before Mike Mongiello was hit by a pitch to load the bases prior to Mitchell’s game-winning heroics.
UNCG (2-5) held a two run lead after eight innings, but the Utes rallied for two runs in the top if the ninth to tie the game at five runs apiece. Utah pinch hitter Scott Malone delivered a two-run double to left centerfield with two outs to even the score.
Greg Matson (1-0), who started the game as the designated hitter, garnered the win in relief for the Spartans after allowing no runs on one hit in an inning on the hill. Ryan Falcon, Nick Starnes and Clay Gibson each saw action on the hill as well. Falcon, UNCG’s starting pitcher, allowed no runs and no hits in two innings on the mound in his first appearance of the season.
Devore (1-1) took the loss for Utah after surrendering one run on four hits in 2/3 of an inning of mound duty.
Utah (5-7) took a 1-0 lead after its half of the third inning as the Utes produced a small two out rally. After UNCG recorded the first two outs of the inning rather easily, second baseman Tyler Kmetko smacked a double to right and Jay Brossman followed with a walk. Designated hitter Breeze Stringham plated Kmetko with a chopper that found its way into leftfield.
The Utes put two more runs on the board in the top of the fourth to take a 3-0 advantage. With runners on second and third, shortstop Ryan Khoury singled home both runners with a base hit up the middle.
UNCG struck for two runs in the home half of the sixth to get within one run at 3-2. After Deleo reached on a fielder’s choice and Feltes drew a walk, Smith plated Deleo with a single through the left side. Sophomore Roly Gonzalez then picked a perfect time to collect his first base hit of the season as the Miami, FL native drove home Feltes with a double to left.
The Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the seventh thanks to Clinton McKinney’s RBI double to right centerfield. The Greenville, SC native smacked a 2-2 breaking ball into the gap to score Guy Welsh from second base. Welsh started the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matson. After McKinney moved to third on a groundout on the infield, Feltes gave the Spartans a 4-3 lead with an RBI infield single to the shortstop.
Matson provided UNCG with an insurance run in the top of the ninth when he drove him David Adams from second with a smash up the middle. Adams started the threat with a two out walk and advanced to second on a single from Welsh prior to Matson’s RBI.
Mitchell finished the game going 2-for-5 with one RBI while Welsh also added a pair of hits. Joe Mazeleski and Khouri paced the Utes with two hits apiece.
UNCG returns to the diamond Monday evening at 8 pm ET when the Spartans cap the Aggie Baseball Classic with a rematch with host Texas A&M. UNCG fell to the Aggies 5-1 Friday evening in the first meeting between the two.
UNC Greensboro 6, Utah 5 (Feb 26, 2006 at College Station,
Georgia Bulldogs.... 001 200 002 - 5 10 0 (5-7)
UNC Greensboro...... 000 002 211 - 6 11 3 (2-5)
Pitchers: UNC Greensboro – Ryan Falcon, Nick Starnes, Clay Gibson, Greg Matson
Utah – Lucas Trinnaman, Greg Krause, Jason Price, Brad Devore
Win- Greg Matson (1-0) Loss- Brad Devore (1-1) T-3:26 A-162
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