HPU baseball drops series to UNCG with 13-5 loss

• High Point fell to UNCG by a score of 13-5 on Saturday afternoon in Greensboro.
Dominic Fazio recorded his second-straight three-hit game in the loss.
• The Panthers and Spartans will close out the three-game series on Sunday at Williard Stadium.

Greensboro, N.C. – The High Point University baseball team dropped to 0-2 to start the 2016 season after losing to inter-Triad rival UNCG by a score of 13-5 on Saturday afternoon. Senior Dominic Fazio had three hits and two runs in the loss for HPU.

Junior Andre Scrubb took the loss on the mound after giving up eight runs, seven earned on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three in four innings of work.

Bryce Hensley pitched six innings and gave up one earned run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts to earn the win for the Spartans.

UNCG scored in five of the first six innings and led 12-1 heading into the seventh. The Panthers’ one run came from sophomore Spencer Brown who doubled to lead off the third inning and scored when sophomore Austen Zente was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

High Point added two runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to bring the final score to 13-5. Fazio and senior Tim Mansfield reached on a double and a walk to lead off the eighth and both came around to score on an RBI double by sophomore Carson Jackson. In the ninth, the Panthers loaded the bases on singles by Fazio and redshirt-sophomore Zach Vandergrift and a hit batter before junior Drew Fopeano delivered a pinch-hit single to drive in two runs.

Fazio recorded three hits for the second-straight game, giving him six hits in his first eight at bats of 2016. Jackson finished 2-4 with a double and two RBI and junior Chris Clare went 2-4 for his first multi-hit game of the season.

High Point and UNCG return to Williard Stadium on Sunday for the third and final game of the home-and-home weekend series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.