Mitchell powers UNCG past Albany 10-5 in baseball action
GREENSBORO, NC – Jermaine Mitchell’s three-run triple in the bottom of the sixth lifted UNC Greensboro to a 10-5 victory over Albany Friday evening at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Mitchell, a native of Daingerfield, TX, finished the night going 3-for-5 with three RBI and extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double to rightfield in the bottom of the first.
After the Great Danes (3-11) scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, the Spartans rallied for six runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase the deficit and take a five-run lead. Greg Feltes connected for a pinch hit double to load the bases before Mitchell smacked the third pitch he saw into the rightfield corner to score all three runners.
Senior right-hander Patrick Currin (2-2) picked up the win in relief of starter Nick Starnes after allowing just one hit in 2-1/3 innings of mound duty. Brandon Harvey came on in the ninth and recorded the final three outs to preserve the win for UNCG.
Matthew Herrick (0-1) took the loss for Albany after allowing three runs on two hits in just an inning on the hill. Great Dane starting pitcher Casey Walsh allowed four runs on eight hits in 5-1/3 innings of work.
Albany put a run on the board in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from designated hitter Tom Hill. Al Barbato led off the frame with a double down the rightfield line and advanced to third on a groundout from two-hole hitter Steve Wyland before Hill produced the game’s first run.
Steve Sayre put the Great Danes out in front 2-0 with an RBI on a fielder’s choice that scored Barbato who singled for his second hit in as many at-bats.
UNCG (5-13) finally got to Welsh in the bottom of the fourth as the Spartans scored four runs on four hits. Shane Thompson and Jermaine Mitchell opened the inning with back-to-back walks before Guy Welsh loaded the bases with a bunt single to third base. Senior David Adams and junior Bradon Harvey added RBI singles to account for the latter two runs.
The Great Danes answered with three runs in the top of the sixth to regain a one run lead after five and a half innings. Zac Halloran reached base with a two-out double and later scampered home when UNCG attempted to throw out a stealing Rashad Barksdale at second base. Brad Daniels and Barbato also picked up RBIs in the inning.
Junior Brandon Harvey led UNCG at the plate after going 4-for-5 with two RBI while nine different Spartans recorded at least one hit.
The two teams continue a three game series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. from UNCG Baseball Stadium.
UNC Greensboro 10, Albany 5 (Mar 17, 2006 at Greensboro, NC)
Albany.............. 101 003 000 - 5 9 2 (3-11)
UNC Greensboro...... 000 040 60X - 10 14 3 (5-13)
Pitchers: Albany - Walsh, Casey; Herrick, Matthew(6); Gregory, Sean(7); Ott, Chris(8).
UNC Greensboro - Nick Starnes; Patrick Currin(6); Brandon Harvey(9).
Win-Patrick Currin(2-2) Loss-Herrick, Matthew(0-1) T-3:06 A-289
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