Spartan Baseball Sweeps through Binghamton

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Patrick O’Grady
     Staff Writer

If you were in the mood to see fantastic performances by your UNCG Spartans this past weekend, then the baseball team certainly provided some thrills. Entering this weekend series, the Spartans were coming off taking two out of three in an opening season series against High Point and a Tuesday victory over Elon University. In their three victories to this point, the offense of the baseball team has been the main factor for their wins,  scoring a total of 29 runs, while only allow eleven. In their first series against the Binghamton Bearcats, the Spartans hoped to carry this momentum.   

    The first game, which took place on Friday evening, proved to be the best game of the three-game series, with Binghamton coming within one point of the Spartans at the end of the game. The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the end of their first time at the plate and by the top of the fourth inning, the runs stayed low at 2-1 Spartans. However, the     Bearcats exploded with a seven run top of the fifth to put the game, seemingly, out of reached. But a seven run bottom of the sixth inning and adding another run at the bottom of the seventh completely shifted the momentum of the game back to the side of the blue and gold. A tough 10-9 Spartan victory proved to be the toughest challenge this weekend..

    Saturday’s game would prove a much more decisive victory for the Spartans. Though the team’s usual power bats and high run total stayed fairly low, the pitchers for the Spartans would control the game. The competing teams would trade the lead through the first four innings, however the home team would eventually come out on top, with sophomores Bryce Hensley and  Andrew Wantz striking out eight batters and seven batters, respectively. Bryce Hensley would pitch the first six innings of the game for the Spartans, with Andrew Wantz closing out the final three innings of the game. The combined efforts of these two pitchers along with the stellar performances of other on the UNCG side resulted in a 5-2 win.

    Sunday proved to be an idyllic spring day, with temperatures in the upper 60s and a pleasant breeze drawing a sizeable crowd to the early afternoon game. Those in attendance were witness to a fantastic performance on the part of the Spartans. Spectators were in for a treat, as the Spartans would dominate Binghamton from the first inning of the game. The power of the blue and gold offense returned in a big way. After a quiet bottom of the first by the Spartans, a second explosive seven run bottom of the second inning. Three innings later, a nine run fifth inning all but put the game away and guaranteed a Spartan sweep over the Bearcats. The Spartans scored in all but three innings, leading to a 19-4 victory. Senior Collin Woody led the way, going 4 for 4 with two doubles, two rbis, and four runs scored. Junior Dillon Stewart hit his team leading third home run for the season and added two rbis. The game wrapped up with the Spartans walking away with a handy 19-3 victory over the New York team.

    With this three game sweep and a victory against Elon, the Spartans are 6-1 with a four game winning streak. The Spartans will host Army this weekend at home in a three-game series that should make for exciting competition. The first game of this series is this Friday at 4:00p.m. Following this, the Spartans will head to Conway, South Carolina for the Coastal Carolina Invitational tournament over spring break. Returning from the mid-semester break, the Spartans will host a litany of home games throughout the remainder of March and into April, mostly matching up against their Southern Conference rivals for the rest of the semester.

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