Deleo hits game-winner; Spartans win, 18-17; Complete sweep over CofC
GREENSBORO, NC – UNC Greensboro’s Southern Conference sweep over the College of Charleston came down to the final inning as the teams headed into the ninth tied at 17-17. With two away, senior Adam Deleo punched a single into right field to bring around senior second baseman Tim Carrier for the 18-17 game-winner and give UNCG their first ever three-game sweep over the Cougars.
In just over four hours on the diamond, the Spartans broke three and tied two season records and tied one career single-game record. The blue and gold set a new season standard with 21 hits, 17 RBI, and 35 total bases, while tying their high 18 runs and six doubles. Individually, seniors Tim Carrier and Greg Feltes are now tied with Dominic Pattie (1997), Joey DeAngelis (1994), Chris Healy (1993), and fellow senior Matt Gaski for UNCG’s single-game record five runs scored.
After narrowly escaping the Cougars, the Spartans improve to an overall 28-19 and now sit with a conference record of 14-7. Charleston falls to 30-17 overall with a league mark of 13-8.
Sophomore closer Rob Gilliam (3-3) earned his third win of the season after coming in late in the eighth inning. Freshman reliever Warren Slack (0-2) led both sides with five strikeouts. Charleston’s Michael Kohn (0-1) took the loss after moving from the designated hitter position to pitcher in the eighth. The run given up in the ninth was his first ever run surrendered.
Several players led at the plate for the Spartans. Corey Overholtzer went 3-for-6 with five RBI, two double, a triple and a run scored, Greg Feltes hit 4-for-5 with five run, an RBI, and a home run, Pedro Leon was 3-for-6 with a pair of runs and an RBI, Tim Carrier went 3-for-5 with five runs, two RBI and a double, and Sean Snell was 2-for-3 with four RBI, a pair of doubles, and a run. Despite being credited with the loss, Kohn led the Cougars at the plate going 4-for-5 with three RBI, two runs, and a home run.
UNCG scored four runs in the first off of a pair of doubles and a six-run rally in the second – aided by a lead off home run by junior Pedro Leon and a two-run triple by sophomore Corey Overholtzer – helped UNCG to an early 10-1 lead. UNCG made it 12-1 after two came in off of a centerfield single by senior right fielder Sean Snell. The Cougars lone run came off of a left field solo by Michael Kohn in the top of the second.
In the fourth, Charleston assembled seven off of seven hits to chop at the lead and make it a four-run game. In their next at-bat, the Cougars took a one-run lead over the Spartans after scoring five with just two runs scored off of a CofC hit.
The Cougar lead lasted just five pitches as Feltes blasted a solo home run out of the right side to tie the game at 13-13. With his 10th homer of the season, he put UNCG just eight away from the season record 61 set in 2000.
The teams remained scoreless through one and a half until the Spartans came out with their second four-run inning of the afternoon. A Cougar error brought in one before Snell let loose his second dual RBI double of the day. He was then plated by another double from Overholtzer.
Now trailing by four, CofC posted a pair of runs in the eighth and the ninth to tie the game at 17-17. Three of the four runs were scored off of home runs as Brandon Sizemore hit a solo out to centerfield in the eighth and Matt Leeds hit a pinch hit two RBI out of right center in the ninth.
With one away and runners on first and second, senior Adam Deleo, who had come in to catch in the seventh inning, dropped a 1-0 count in front of the CofC right fielder allowing Carrier to sprint in from second and give the Spartans the 18-17 victory over the visiting Cougars.
The Spartans will play the final two games of their 12-game homestand this week as they face High Point University on Tuesday at 1pm and North Carolina A&T at 6pm on Wednesday. This will be the second time UNCG has faced both teams this season.
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UNC Greensboro 18, College of Charleston 17 (May 04, 2008 at
College of Charleston...... 010 750 022 - 17 13 1 (30-17, 13-8 SoCon)
UNC Greensboro.............. 462 010 401 - 18 21 3 (29-19, 14-7 SoCon)
Pitchers: College of Charleston - Clay Caulfield; Mike Lynn(2); Austin Garrett(3); Curtis Dowling(7); Casey Lucchese(7); Michael Kohn(8).
UNC Greensboro - Alex Shelton; Kory Judd(2); James White(4); Ian Phillips(4); Matt Bjorkstrom(4); Blake Hassebrock(5); Warren Slack(5); Rob Gilliam(8).
HR COFC - Brandon Sizemore; Michael Kohn; Matt Leeds.
HR UNCG - Pedro Leon; Greg Feltes.
Caulfield faced 2 batters in the 2nd.
Phillips faced 2 batters in the 4th.
Bjorkstrom faced 4 batters in the 5th.
Dowling faced 2 batters in the 7th.