Baseball Sweeps Queens In Doubleheader, Godwin Earns 400th Career Win
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball team took two wins against in-state foe Queens (CLT) on Saturday in doubleheader with scores of 17-7 and 10-4. With the wins, UNCG sweeps its second opponent of the season.
Head Coach Billy Godwin earned his 400th Division I career win following game two. In his four years at the helm of the Spartans, Godwin has a record of 83-66.
In both games, UNCG tallied double-figure hits. In game one, the Spartans had 19 hits and in game two they had 13 hits. This was the sixth-straight game with double-digit hits and 10th game this season.
It is also the fifth-straight game with double-digit runs and seventh this season.
Game 1: UNCG 17 – Queens 7
How It Happened
Queens jumped on board first and held a 4-2 lead through the middle of the second inning, before the Spartans broke open the game with six runs on four hits and two errors in the bottom of the second.
The Royals scored a run in the third and fifth, cutting the deficit to 8-6, but UNCG’s bats stayed active. With two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the fifth, Zack Budzik doubled scoring Bradley Bott and Mitchell Smith’s RBI single to left field scored Budzik, 10-6.
The bottom the sixth saw three runs on five hits for the Spartans, extending its advantage to 13-6. Jeremy Wolf’s RBI single scored GC Jarman, Bott’s RBI single scored Wolf, and Budzik’s RBI single scored Bott.
UNCG’s offense did not stop there, as it scored four more runs in the bottom of the eighth, for its most runs this season.
Budzik (4-for-6) and Mitchell Smith (4-for-5) had a game high four hits.
Jeremy Wolf (3-for-6), Bott, and Jarman (2-for-5) all had a multi-hit game.
Budzik had three RBIs and four runs scored to lead the Spartans.
Budzik and Wolf each had a double.
UNCG’s 17 runs were the most since the Spartans scored 17 in a 17-6 win over High Point on April 6, 2022 and a 17-2 win over Longwood on April 3, 2022.
Senior Jake Wolf earned his first win of the season on the mound.
Freshman Grant Aycock earned his first-collegiate save.
Game 2: UNCG 10 – Queens 4
How It Happened
Queens scored first once again, but UNCG was quick to respond taking the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second, 2-1.
Rowan Watt crushed his third home run of the season down the left field line, scoring Cozart for a three-run advantage, 4-1. Queens fought back with two runs on two hits and an error in the top of the fifth, 4-3.
The Spartans kicked things up a notch in the bottom of the sixth scoring four runs on five hits, including one from Jeremy Wolf, Bott, Kennedy Jones, Budzik, and Smith for an 8-3 lead.
UNCG retired eight-straight from Queens between the fifth and seventh innings, as the Spartans continued to do damage at the plate. A wild pitch and a RBI from Kennedy Jones added to the Spartans’ lead, 10-3.
Queens ended the game by scoring one in the top of the ninth, 10-4.
Jones was one of three Spartans with a multi-hit game, leading the Spartans swinging 3-for-3 with five RBI and a triple.
Watt went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Watt hit his third home run of the season.
Smith swung 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two doubles.
Matt Kemp pitched three innings allowing no runs and giving up two hits.
UNCG hosts neighboring foe NC A&T on Tuesday, March 14th for a mid-week matchup with a first pitch at 4 p.m. at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. This will be a Bark in the Park event, sponsored by All Pets Considered. All baseball games from Monday-Thursday will be Bark in the Park events.
Following the mid-week game, the Spartans host West Virginia for a weekend three-game series from Match 17-19.
Courtesy of Kelly Couse
Strategic Communications Coordinator