The UNCG Baseball team faced off against Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio this weekend, where they would defeat the Buckeyes in two out of three games. The Spartans now sit at 24-15 on the season.
The first match kicked off Friday night, and the Spartans were able to defeat the Buckeyes 11-4. Bryce Hensley started at pitcher for UNCG and pitched a total of 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs and struck out six batters. Jack Maynard earned the win, pitching the final 4.1 innings, allowing four hits, and striking out three hitters, all without allowing a run.
On the offensive end of things for the Spartans, Austin Embler was 4-5 and hit two runs, while Caleb Webster and Andrew Moritz each went 3-5, scoring one run apiece. Tripp Shelton went 2-5 on the game, scoring two runs including his third home run of the season. In addition, Ben Spitznagel and Michael Goss each drove in two runs and earned RBIs.
The Spartans scored six unanswered points before Ohio State scored in the fourth inning. UNCG added another run in the fifth inning, but Ohio State responded by scoring three runs themselves, cutting the score to 7-4 in favor of the Spartans. Once the Spartans scored four runs in the sixth inning, both teams went scoreless for the remainder of the game.
UNCG matched its scoring total in the second game on Saturday, again beating the Buckeyes 11-4. Matt Frisbee pitched all but two innings in the game, making his tenth start of the season. Frisbee struck out a career-high nine batters, and allowed eight hits while giving up four earned runs.
After hitting for 17 hits in the previous game, the Spartans hit 16 in the Saturday match. Ryne Sigmon led the offense, going 3-4 at the plate with three RBIs, two runs scored, and a double. Austin Embler had another impressive performance, batting 3-3 with an RBI, three runs scored, two doubles and adding a stolen base. Ben Spitznagel, Andrew Moritz, Michael Goss and Austin Embler all had two hits in the game as well.
The Spartans quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead by the top of the second inning, but Ohio State was able to make the score 3-1 by the bottom of the inning. It was smooth sailing for the rest of the game for the Spartans, who scored eight unanswered runs through the next three innings. The Buckeyes added a few runs to in the final three innings, but fell short in the end.
In the series finale, UNCG suffered a 5-4 loss. Dan Loats started on the mound for the Spartans. He went 5.1 innings, allowing five hits, three runs and struck out six batters. Andrew Wantz pitched 2.2 innings for the Spartans, allowing four hits and two earned runs.
The Spartans had a harder time offensively than in the previous two matches. Despite this, Caleb Webster and Andrew Moritz each contributed three hits and a stolen base for the blue and gold, while Cesar Tejo added another two hits and an RBI.
Both teams were able to get on the board in the first inning, scoring one run each. In the third inning, the two sides continued to trade blows scoring two runs each to make the score 3-3. However, UNCG was able to break this trend and score another run in the fourth inning. The score remained at 4-3 until the Buckeyes scored a run at the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings, and took a 5-4 advantage. UNCG was able to get Ryne Sigmon all the way to third base in the ninth inning but was unable to get him home to tie up the score.
As of today, the Spartans sits at third place in the SoCon standings. In an important series this weekend, UNCG will play another three game series on the road over the weekend against the top seeded Mercer Bears.