UNCG (28-18, 16-8) vs. The Citadel (20-29, 8-16)
UNCG Baseball Stadium • Greensboro, N.C.
May 13-15, 2011 • Game 47-49 • 6 p.m., 1 p.m., 1 p.m.
Video: UNCGSpartans.com (Friday and Sunday only)
• UNCG will look to win its fourth-straight Southern Conference series win in a row this weekend as the Spartans host The Citadel for the final home weekend series this season. The Spartans and Bulldogs will meet on Friday at 6 p.m. before playing at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
• The games this weekend against The Citadel will coincide with UNCG's annual Katie Ball Memorial Weekend. On Saturday, UNCG will unveil its new baseball training facililty to the public with an open house. Tours of the facility will be available from 12-2 p.m. and there will also be a special presentation and unveiling of Katie's Korner on Saturday, as well.
• On Tuesday, UNCG traveled to High Point for its final midweek game of the season. The Spartans fell behind 3-1 early in the game, but took control in the middle innings to cruise to a 12-4 win. Trevor Edwards had three doubles, one to each part of the ballpark, to go along with his career-high six RBI. Eric Brindle also added a pair of doubles and three RBI.
• UNCG trails the all-time series against The Citadel, 28-20, dating back to 1993. Last season, UNCG traveled down to Charleston for its final road series and was swept by the Bulldogs. The Citadel took game one 8-2 before taking game two on Saturday, 5-0. The Bulldogs made it a clean sweep with their 3-1 win on Sunday.
• The Citadel comes into the game with a 20-29 record overall and an 8-16 mark in the SoCon. The Bulldogs are currently in a three-way tie for the eighth and final spot in the Southern Conference Tournament with Wofford and Western Carolina. The Citadel comes into the game having lost five games in a row, including being swept by Elon last weekend at home.
• Last weekend, UNCG traveled to College of Charleston for a battle of second place teams. UNCG blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning on Friday as the Cougars tied the game at four, but the Spartans battled back in extra innings to pull out the 5-4 win in 11 innings. On Saturday, UNCG held a 5-4 going into the bottom of the ninth, but CofC rallied with a two-run walk-off single to win 6-5. In the rubber game on Sunday, the Spartans trailed 6-2 in the ninth, but had a furious seven-run rally to win 9-6 and claim the series from the Cougars.
• UNCG has had a lot of success this season playing "small ball". The Spartans lead the SoCon with 73 sacrifice bunts this year, 27 more than any other team in the league. In fact, UNCG is currently tied for third nationally in sacrifice bunts. UNCG has also done it on the base paths as they are 44-53 on stolen base attempts.
• The Spartans have received a boost from the back of their rotation in Colby Hyatt. Hyatt currently has a staff-best 3.75 ERA and is 7-2 so far this season. Hyatt has also pitched a team-best 72 innings this season, which ranks sixth in the SoCon. Also, he has only walked 11 batters all year, which is second in the conference.
• Teammates Trevor Edwards and Chris Barker have been in the line of fire this season as both are in the top-5 in the SoCon in hit by pitches. Edwards currently is tied for first in the conference after being hit 15 times already, while Barker has been hit on 13 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.
• 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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