UNCG survives extra inning battle and defeats Wofford, 9-8
SPARTANBURG, SC – Rightfielder Corey Overholtzer’s two-run home run in the top of the 13th broke a 6-6 tie and Ricky Orton’s RBI single proved to be enough a UNC Greensboro claimed the 9-8 extra inning victory over Wofford on Saturday afternoon at Russell C. King Field.
Adam Deleo reached base in the 13th with a one-out single to center. Overholtzer followed with a blast over the rightfield wall, giving the Spartans the 8-6 advantage. After a UNCG fly-out and a Matt Gaski single, Orton picked up both his second hit and RBI of the day with a punch through the right side, 9-6 UNCG. Wofford immediately answered with back-to-back homers from Brandon Waring and John Brandt. Freshman Alex Shelton, however, pitched himself out of a jam with a pair of strikeouts to record his first save of the year.
UNCG (21-18, 8-6 SoCon) took a 1-0 lead after Gaski scored on a Wofford wild pitch. The Spartans added another run in the sixth when Sean Snell led off with his team-leading fifth roundtripper of the season. Waring responded for the Terriers with the first of his two home runs of the day in the same inning, making it 2-1 UNCG.
Wofford (19-21, 3-11 SoCon) plated three runs in the eighth to take the 4-2 advantage. With the bases loaded, Brandt sent a two-out, bases-clearing double to left-center.
The Spartans scored four runs in the ninth with the help of a pair of doubles to go in front 6-4. Overholtzer hit a one-out two-bagger down the leftfield line and scored on a double from Tim Carrier. After Gaski walked and Guy Welsh singled to load the bases, a fielder’s choice brought Carrier home. Snell drove in his second and third RBI of the afternoon after doubling down the leftfield line.
The Terriers scored two runs in the ninth to tie the game at six a piece. Emre Caglayan opened up with a double and after UNCG picked up the first out in the inning, Michael Gilmartin sent a two-run homer over center. Kory Judd closed out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts and sent the game into extra stanzas.
Judd (4-2) was credited with the win after giving up one run and two hits in 3-2/3 innings of relief. Shelton pitched one inning on the hill and allowed just one run to earn the save. Starter Matt Gibbs pitched 7-1/3 innings and struck out a career-high seven batters.
Lance Player (2-2) took the loss after allowing three runs and five hits in two innings of relief.
The Spartans had five players finish with three hits a piece. Overholtzer went 3-for-6 with two RBI and Carrier was 3-for-7 with a RBI. Snell picked up three RBI and finished 2-for-5.
The two teams finish the weekend with game three on Sunday beginning at 1 pm.
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UNC Greensboro...... 100 001 004 000 3 - 9 19 1
Wofford..................... 000 001 032 000 2 - 8 13 1
Pitchers: UNCG – Gibbs; McKinney (8); Judd (9); Shelton
Pitchers: Wofford – Austin; Gilmartin (8); Player (12)
Win-Kory Judd (4-2) Save-Alex Shelton (1) Loss-Lance Player (2-2)
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