GREENSBORO, NC – The UNC Greensboro baseball squad used three players tallying three hits to record the 13-5 victory over Army on Saturday afternoon at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. With the victory, Head Coach Mike Gaski earned his 500th win at UNCG.
In his 17th season as UNCG’s only coach in the program’s history, Gaski now holds an impressive 500-378-1 overall record.
Juniors Joel Johnson, Sean Snell and Scott Schneider each put together a 3-for-5 showing at the plate. Johnson recorded a game-high four RBI, while Snell chipped in three. Junior Greg Feltes finished 2-for-2, including a homerun, and tallied three RBI.
Right-hander Matt Gibbs (2-1) allowed five runs on six hits in 6-2/3 innings on the mound. The junior from Modesto, CA also recorded two strikeouts for UNCG.
Army’s Ben Mayhew (0-3) took the loss after recording seven runs on 11 hits on the hill. Mayhew finished with a game-high five strikeouts.
The Spartans (5-4) jumped out to the early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Junior Matt Gaski reached second on a double to right center and continued on to third after an Army error before Schneider sent a single to right field to bring Gaski in for the run. Two batters later, Feltes blasted his first homerun of the season to left center for the three-run advantage.
After grabbing UNCG grabbed another run in the bottom of the third, the Black Knights responded with two runs in the top of the fourth. Milan Dinga belted a two-run homerun to right field to cut UNCG’s lead to one.
UNCG responded with a multiple run inning of its own in the bottom of the fifth. A fielder’s choice from Johnson brought Gaski in from third for the run. Feltes recorded another RBI after his single allowed Schneider to score, giving the Spartans the 6-2 lead. UNCG tagged on another run in the following inning when Corey Overholtzer scored on a wild pitch by Mayhew.
Army (2-6) put up a big three-run inning at the top of the seventh to keep the game close. With the bases loaded, infielder J.P. Polchinski sent a triple to right field, driving in three runs for the Black Knights and making the score a close 7-5 in favor of UNCG.
The Spartans, however, responded with a two-run showing in the seventh and a three-run inning in the ninth and grabbed the seven-run advantage. In the bottom of the seventh, Schneider tripled to right center before Johnson doubled to bring him home. Snell answered with a single, allowing Johnson to score.
Johnson tagged on two more RBI in the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. Snell finished the Spartans’ scoring ways with a single to center, bringing in Gaski and Johnson.
The two teams face off again on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm for the final game of the three-game series at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
R H E
Army................... 000 200 300 - 5 6 1
UNCG................ 301 021 24X - 13 17 0
Pitchers: UNCG – Gibbs; G. Martin (7)
Pitchers: Army – Mayhew; Fouch (7); Simpkins (8)
Win-Matt Gibbs (2-1) Loss-Ben Mayhew (0-3)
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