Baseball Comes From Behind For Walk-Off Win Against Northeastern
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball team earned its first win of the season against the Northeastern Huskies on Saturday afternoon, 7-6, at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Spartans were down 6-4 heading to the bottom of the ninth and UNCG strung together four hits to bring in three runs including Rowan Watt’s game-winning walk-off single to left center to score Daniel Cerda.
Watt led the game with four hits, swinging 4-for-6 with two runs scored, one RBI, and a double. Cerda went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI, one run scored, a walk, and a double.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Huskies drove in two runs in the first inning and the Spartans cut the deficit to one, 2-1, from an RBI single by Mitchell Smith.
Northeastern extended its advantage to four with three runs off two hits in the top of the second, 5-1, and then added another run in the top of the third from MacGregor’s RBI single, 6-1.
Two Spartan freshmen had their collegiate debuts on the mound. Jay Miller only allowed one run in the 5.1 innings he pitched, and Luke Thomas gave up one hit in 1.2 innings of relief to earn his first-collegiate win on the bump.
UNCG continued to fight, putting up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to two, 4-6. Watt, Kennedy Jones, and GC Jarman all reached base, as Jarman drove in Watt on a double to right field. Jones tagged up on a sacrifice fly from Smith and on Zach Buzik’s line out to right field, Jarman scored from third.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth and runners on first and second, Cerda brought home Budzik from second on an RBI single. Jeremy Wolf then singled forcing the ball to be thrown around, giving Jacob Budzik time to score tying the game at six. Watt found a hole in left center on a 1-0 count scoring Cerda from third for the game-winning hit, 7-6.
The Spartans finish off the series against Northeastern on Sunday, February 19 with a first pitch at 1 p.m.
UNCG continues the home stand by hosting Wake Forest on Tuesday, February 21st, with a first pitch at 4 p.m.
Courtesy of Kelly Couse
Strategic Communications Coordinator