It is time for baseball again. The UNCG baseball team started their season last week with a stretch of games against cross town rival, High Point University. One thing is sure for the Spartans: They wanted to start out the season hot and picked up a victory in their first season series against the Panthers.
The first game was played at Willard Stadium on the campus of High Point University. After the first two innings, the game was dead even. UNCG got their offense rolling in the third inning when they scored six runs. The Spartans added to the lead by tacking on two more runs in the fourth inning to make it 8-0. High Point responded in the bottom of the inning by getting their first two runs of the game. High Point tried to dig into the lead one more time in the bottom of the sixth, scoring one more run in the inning. However, it simply just was not enough to respond to the Spartans attack. UNCG had one last run in the eighth inning. This would be the final score of the game in favor of UNCG 9-3. Michael Goss and Ryne Sigmon were the leaders at the plate for the Spartans by having three hits a piece. Sigmon, Jake Kusz and Ben Spitznagel each had two RBIs for UNCG as well.
On Saturday, the blue and gold opened up their home season at the baseball stadium. It looked like the Spartans were ready to play in front of their home crowd. The offense came out swinging early, putting up three runs the first time at bat and scoring in all but two innings. High Point tried to respond to the early deficit by adding one run in the third inning. The Spartans did not let the momentum swing in the Panthers’ way, though, by responding in the bottom of the inning, adding three more runs to make it 6-1. UNCG continued to tally the runs offensively by scoring two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before High Point could even respond again. High Point added two more runs by the end of the game. UNCG added one more run to make the final score 13-5 in favor of UNCG.
There were stars for the Spartans offensively and defensively at home. Bryce Hensley threw an absolute gem for UNCG. He picked up with the win while pitching six innings and had five strikeouts with one earned run. Michael Goss absolutely shined at the plate. He had his second multi-hit game in his Spartan career with a game-high five RBIs. He had three hits with two of them being a double and a homerun. Tripp Shelton and Andrew Moritz also had three hits while L.J. Kalawaia and Ben Spitznagel had two hits each. Collin Woody and Dillon Stewart joined the home run gang. They each had a homer to go along with Michael Goss’.
UNCG would try to go for the third win against High Point on Sunday at Willard Stadium, again. The Spartans took an early lead of 1-0 only to have High Point answer by scoring six runs in an inning to take a decisive lead. UNCG got a run back to make it 6-2. The Panthers scored nine runs before UNCG could finally manage three runs towards the end of the game. Unfortunately, the Spartans could not sweep their opening series. High Point avoided the sweep by beating UNCG 15-5. Dillon Stewart had an outstanding day at the plate despite the loss, going 3-4 with a home run, double, RBI and three runs scored. UNCG would finish the stretch with High Point with a 2-1 record on the year.
The Spartans will host their first series this weekend when they play the Binghamton Bearcats.