GREENSBORO, NC â€“ Junior Corey Overholtzer went 3-5, including a game-winning two-run single up the bottom of the eighth inning, to help send the Spartan seniors off in style as they defeated UNC Asheville, 7-6, on Wednesday evening at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. Seniors Adam Daufeldt, Pedro Leon and Greg Martin were honored in a special presentation before the game started.
Warren Slack(Southwest Guilford HS) picked up the win to move to a perfect 4-0 for the Spartans (18-28) this season after allowing only one run in the final 2 1/3 innings. Overholtzer led UNCG at the plate with a pair of singles and tied the SoCon lead with his sixth triple of the season to go along with his two RBI and two runs scored.
Asheville reliever Grier Harrington was credited with just his first loss of the season after allowing two runs in his only inning of work for the Bulldogs (8-40).(No Ryan Dull-East Forsyth HS on this day.)
With the game knotted at five headed into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Spartans loaded the bases before Overholtzer delivered his two-run single. Trevor Edwards led off the inning with a single to right field before Eric Temple came in to run for him and subsequently stole second. Michael Wall(North Forsyth HS) then reached base on a bunt single to put runners on the corners. After a pair of Spartan strikeouts, Brent O’Berry(Ragsdale HS) walked to load the bases to set the table for Overholtzer. Overholtzer hit a chopper up the middle on the first pitch he saw to give UNCG a 7-5 lead.
The Bulldogs refused to go down without and fight and made things quite interesting in the top half of the ninth inning. Derrick Hopkins and Kevin Weidenbacher hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and Jordan Lurie loaded the bases with no outs after reaching on a fielderâ€™s choice. Slack then got Justin Schumer to ground into a double play as the Spartans conceded a run before getting Danny Baatz to ground out to second base to end the game.