West Virginia Takes Two Wins Over the Spartans
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball team fell to West Virginia in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18th at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Caleb Cozart hit his third home run of the season in game two in the bottom of the sixth.
Game 1: West Virginia 28 – UNCG 2
How It Happened
West Virginia spread five runs across the first three innings, including a solo home run in the third by Braden Barry.
Continuing to add runs to the board, West Virginia scored 13 runs in the top of the fourth for an 18-0 lead.
With Cozart on third in the bottom of the fourth, freshman Mason Mozeley tallied his first-collegiate RBI with a sacrifice fly to left field, 18-1.
The Mountaineers added 10 more runs between the fifth and the eighth innings.
With one more attempt at the plate, UNCG’s Luke Jenkins reached base on a sinle to center field and advanced to third with Braylen Hayes’ single to right center. Hayes advanced to second on a wild pitch to put runners in scoring position and Jeremy Wolf’s ground out to shortstop was enough to score Jenkins from third, 28-2.
Ethan McKay and Jenkins both swung 2-for-3 at the plate.
In his second appearance this season on the mound, junior Ryan Rouse struck out a career-best five batters.
Game 2: West Virginia 4 – UNCG 1
How It Happened
UNCG tallied its 18th double play of the season to get out of the first inning.
With two outs and a runner on second, the Mountaineers’ Grant Hussey crushed a two-run home run to right field in the top of the second for a 2-0 lead.
West Virginia extended advantage to three with an RBI single through the right side in the top of the fifth. Cozart’s solo home run in the sixth cut the deficit to two, 3-1. The Mountaineers regained a three-run lead with Barry’s sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the seventh, 4-1.
Zack Budzik went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Cozart went 1-for-3 with a run scored, RBI, and a walk.
Jake Wolf tossed 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one hit.
West Virginia: 14-4
UNCG finishes the three-game series against West Virginia on Sunday, March 19th at 1 p.m.
Following the weekend series, the Spartans hit the road to visit NC A&T on Wednesday, March 22.
Courtesy of Kelly Couse
Strategic Communications Coordinator