• High Point earned its first win of the season in a wire-to-wire 10-3 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday
• Redshirt-junior Daniel Millwee went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and four RBI, reaching base all four times up
• Eight different Panthers notched a hit, seven HPU hitters scored a run, and six recorded at least one RBI.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The High Point University baseball team picked up its first victory of the campaign with an emphatic 10-3 win over North Carolina A&T at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
“It’s great to get our first win under our belt,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “It was good to see ourselves get going offensively. The top of our order was really good – especially Daniel Millwee coming through with four RBI’s. We also played absolutely tremendous defense. I have to credit our infielders for doing a heck of a job in a difficult place to play. Hopefully we’re carry this momentum into the weekend.”
HPU (1-3) had runners on base seemingly all day, drawing 10 walks and four hit by pitches in addition to 10 base hits and two batters reaching on an error. In total, the Panthers had more at-bats with runners in scoring position (21) than they did without (15).
Senior Austen Zente set the tone for the night with a single to leadoff the game before coming around to score on a stolen base and two errors.
An inning later, the Purple & White added to its lead with a sacrifice fly from junior Conner Dunbar and a two-out RBI single from redshirt-junior Daniel Millwee. Making his first career start with HPU, Millwee had a huge day, going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and four RBI.
A&T (1-3) drew closer with a pair of runs in the last of the second against redshirt-freshman starter Kirby Osborn, but would never get closer than 3-2. Freshman Travis Holt grew the lead to 4-2 with a clutch two-out double in the top of the fourth.
Zente made it 5-2 with a two-out single in the fifth and was followed two batters later by Millwee, who smoked a two-run double off the right-center field wall for a 7-2 advantage.
After the Aggies scored a run in the last of the fifth, HPU put the game away with three tallies in the top of the seventh. Dunbar singled home senior Carson Jackson to make it 8-3 before sophomore Joe Johnson and senior Blake Schunk recorded RBI’s on a bases loaded hit by pitch and walk, respectively.
Overall, the Panthers scored seven of their 10 runs with two outs. Zente collected his second multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Dunbar was on base four times, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Osborn ended up not factoring in the decision, yielding two runs on two hits and four walks in 3.2 innings, striking out four. Sophomore Grey Lyttle (1-0) allowed a run on two hits in 1.1 innings to earn his first career victory. Freshman Jacob Kates was impressive in relief, posting two spotless frames with two strikeouts.
Jason Jenkins (0-1) started and took the loss for the Aggies, ceding three runs (two earned) on three hits in 1.2 frames.
HPU will return home this weekend for a three-game series against Dayton. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1p.m. first pitch on Sunday.