UNCG’s baseball team spent their weekend fending off the visiting Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks. They took the first two wins in close contests on Friday and Saturday, so winning on Sunday would mean their first sweep of the young season.
The best news of all? The Spartan on the mound was none other than sophomore Matt Frisbee, who came into Sunday’s game with a 0.68 ERA.
“You feel good with Frisbee on the mound,” said Coach Link Jarrett. “The way he’s pitched since he’s been here, you have a good feeling going into the game.”
Coach Jarrett’s trust wasn’t misplaced. Frisbee came in dealing a lethal breaking ball and attacking the corners of the plate.
“The momentum and the confidence for the team starts with the guy on the mound and you saw that today. Everyone in the park knew that he had it going, and when a guy like that is on it’s tough to manage.”
Frisbee’s dominance on the mound was too much for the Hawks, who were held hitless until the sixth inning. He recorded seven strikeouts and didn’t allow a single run.
This is becoming a pattern for Frisbee, who also was able to hold South Carolina (#4 in the nation) scoreless in the seven innings that he pitched. His ERA is now an astounding 0.38 for the year.
“He’s a tough kid. Jerry works all of the pitchers very hard, those guys work hard. The training and the conditioning is hard, their bullpen work is very precise and everything they do is monitored and charted.”
“He’s able to take that training and he goes out there and lets his natural ability combine with the training and the structure and it shows…his breaking ball gets better, his velocity has continued to creep up since he got here. So that’s a tribute to his work ethic and how he carries himself.”
The real delight for Coach Link, though, was that the offense worked like a machine. They managed to rally in 7 runs just in the first inning, already forcing Maryland Eastern Shore to go to their bullpen.
“Some of the guys who haven’t played a whole lot, and some guys who have moved in and out of the lineup had really good days. So that was good to see.”
Even though it was a cold day for baseball, the Spartans were able to keep their bats hot beyond just the first inning. They followed that up with 4 more runs in the second inning and then got 5 more across the plate in the 5th inning.
“When it’s going well for you, you need to cherish it. It’s not easy to go out there and score and hit. You better stay locked in if you want to play like that, and I didn’t think there was any inning lacked focus or concentration offensively, pretty impressive today.”
When Frisbee left the game, the Hawks were able to get their own bats going a little, but victory was well in hand for the Spartans at that point. UNCG ended up taking the one-sided affair 18-4, completing the three game sweep.
While just about everyone in the lineup had a quality stat-line, Caleb Webster had an especially notable performance. He was 5-5 with 4 RBIs. Ryan Clinch wasn’t far behind him—he was 4-5 and also had 4 RBIs.
“I think the way some of our games have gone [lately], the guys appreciate all of the at bats.”
With Sunday’s win, UNCG is now 5-6 on the season.
I wish we could have won the Michigan state series. We didn’t play well against Wake [or NC State.] We are where we are, one of the toughest schedules in the country, and we have just got to keep moving on.”
On Tuesday, the Spartans will host Elon and continue the long run of home games that runs all the way to March 18th.
“There’s not really [any specific preparation], it’s about looking to see who is healthy and ready to play, and we’ll look at their scouting report for more information tomorrow.”
Elon is 6-6 but hasn’t won on the road all year.