UNCG to host High Point on Wednesday
UNCG (21-17, 11-7 SoCon) vs. High Point (21-21, 7-11 Big South)
UNCG Baseball Stadium • Greensboro, N.C.
April 26, 2011 • Game 39 • 6 p.m.
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• After winning its first Southern Conference road series of the season, UNCG will return home on Wednesday to host High Point at 6 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
• This past weekend, UNCG made the trip down Birmingham, Ala. to face Samford and came away with the series victory, 2-1. After the first game of the series was postponed, the two teams met for a doubleheader on Friday. In the first game, UNCG took a 5-1 lead, but Samford answered with six unanswered runs to win 7-5. In the second game, the two teams were tied at one after nine innings before the Spartans put three runs up in the top of the 10th to win 4-1. In the rubber game on Saturday, UNCG rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to come away with a 5-3 victory.
• UNCG leads the all-time series against High Point, 13-7, dating back to 1991. The last time the two teams met was in 2009 when UNCG came away with a 9-7 win on the road in 12 innings. The last time the Spartans lost to the Panthers was a 7-2 setback in 2007 at home.
• High Point comes into the game with a 21-21 record overall and a 7-11 mark in the Big South. The Panthers took a series against No. 27 Coastal Carolina this past weekend, 2-1. UNCG took the first game 6-2 on Friday and took the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, 9-3. The Panthers weren't able to complete the sweep in game two as the Chanticleers won 11-2.
• Last Tuesday, UNCG made the short trip to Durham to face Duke at Jack Combs Field. Duke jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Spartans were able to keep things close with a pair of runs in the third. The Blue Devils would stretch their lead to 4-2 with a run in the fourth, but UNCG was able to tie the game in the seventh. Cody Walker then hit a leadoff double to start the ninth inning and would eventually score the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Edwards.
• Teammates Trevor Edwards and Chris Barker have been in the line of fire this season as both are in the top-10 in the SoCon in hit by pitches. Edwards currently is third in the conference after being hit 12 times already, while Barker has been hit on nine different occasions. Last season, Barker finished fourth in the nation after being hit by a pitch 26 times.
• UNCG's sweep of Western Carolina on March 11-13 was the first weekend sweep for the Spartans in Southern Conference play since May of 2008 when UNCG swept College of Charleston. It was also the first time UNCG had swept Western Carolina in a series since 2004 when the Spartans completed the feat on the road.
• On Jan. 19, the UNCG baseball team reached a milestone in the 21st season of the program. The 10-9 walk-off win on Saturday gave head coach Mike Gaski his 600th career win. The win was also the 600th in program history as Gaski has been the lone skipper for the Spartans over the past 21 seasons.
• Following the 2010 season, junior Blake Hassebrock was drafted in the 8th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics. It marked the second-straight season that UNCG has had a player drafted in the 8th round by the Athletics as Rob Gilliam was selected in that slot in 2009. Hassebrock signed with the Athletics a few weeks after being drafted and ended his season with the Vancouver Canadians. UNCG has now had at least one pitcher drafted in 12 of the past 14 seasons.
• The Spartans return two of their three weekend starters this season in Warren Slack and Colby Hyatt. Hyatt finished in fifth in the Southern Conference last season with a 4.29 ERA to go along with his 7-4 record, while Slack was 10th in the SoCon with his 4.75 ERA. Slack was also ninth in the league last year with 75 strikeouts.
• UNCG has made admission free for all home games this season at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Spartans all season long on campus.
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