UNCG Baseball Starts Nine-Game Road Trip With NC State
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball team starts its nine-game road stretch TODAY, with a trip to in-state rival NC State, with a first pitch slated for 6:00 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Who: NC State
Where: Doak Field at Dail Park
When: Tuesday, March 28 | 6 p.m.
Last Time Out
UNCG won the series against Western Carolina with a 2-1 record.
Mitchell Smith was hit-by-pitch on Saturday for a 5-4 eight inning walk off.
Dosi Jonas and Smith hit their third home runs of the season, and Kennedy Jones hit his fourth this weekend.
Zack Budzik had six stolen bases this weekend.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans are 13-11 in regular season play and 2-1 in Southern Conference (SoCon) play.
UNCG is second in the conference in double plays (22), sacrifice flies (15), and double plays per game (0.92).
Nationally, the Spartans are 15th in double plays, 18th in sacrifice flies, 27th in double plays per game, 32nd in hit by pitch (42), 35th in stolen bases (42), 44th in stolen bases per game (1.75), and 65th in hits (237).
GC Jarman is nationally ranked 11th and leading the conference in sacrifice files (4). Jonas is second in the conference and 47th nationally with three sacrifice files.
Jones is nationally ranked 79th in hits (35) and is batting .354 (35-for-99) with 22 runs scored, 20 RBIs, and four home runs.
Budzik is batting .357 (30-for-84) in 22 games played with 18 RBIs, six doubles, and one triple.
In 35.0 innings pitched, Jake Wolf has a 3.60 ERA with 18 strikeouts and just 16 runs allowed. He is 1-1 on the mount with one save.
Caleb Cozart and Jones are the only Spartans with four home runs. Rowan Watt, Smith, and Jonas have three home runs, and Dallas Callahan has two home runs.
Six Spartans have double-figure RBI, with Smith leading the team with 23 of the 144 RBIs.
Scouting NC State
NC State is 17-7 overall this season and is 3-6 in the ACC.
The Wolfpack is coming off a 1-2 series against Boston College.
The Wolfpack is nationally ranked fourth in doubles (63), fifth in doubles per game (2.62), 11th in both walks allowed per nine innings (3.11) and shutouts (3), 14th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.03), 15th in both WHIP (1.24) and slugging percentage (0.554), 18th in home runs (45), and 20th in home runs per game (1.88).
Jacob Cozart is nationally 51st in doubles per game (0.45), 61st in doubles (9), 64th in batting average with .403, and 74th in on-base percentage (0.500).
Cozart is 27-for-67 at the plate to lead the Wolfpack in the 20 games played, with 18 runs and four home runs.
Dominic Fritton is seventh nationally and leading the ACC in earned run average with 1.20 in the 30 innings he has pitched, allowing five runs, and 19 hits.
Payton Green has eight home runs for the season to lead the team, batting .320 in the 24 games played, with a team-high 30 RBIs.
Nine Wolfpack players have two or more home runs, including Carter Trice with six, Parker Nolan and Cannon Peebles with five.
NC State holds a 31-9 record against the Spartans, winning four of the past five meetings in the series.
The Wolfpack won earlier in the season 15-13, on March 7th at UNCG.
Courtesy of Kelly Couse
Strategic Communications Coordinator