UNCG Baseball Earns Eighth Straight Win in Extras at The Citadel

Baseball Earns Eighth Straight Win in Extras at The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The UNC Greensboro (UNCG) baseball team won 8-5 in 11 innings at The Citadel in The Southern Conference (SoCon) action on Saturday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.

The win extended the Spartans’ season-high winning streak to eight games.

The game also marked UNCG’s fourth time competing in extra innings this season. The Spartans are now 2-2 on the year when games go to extras.

HOW IT HAPPENED
For the second straight game, the Bulldogs struck first when Wells Sykes scored on a fielding error in the opening frame.

The Citadel held the 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth, when Jake Ogden pulled a two-run home run down the line in left for his fourth blast of the season to give UNCG a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom half of the sixth, Garrett Fullmer singled to left to score Thomas Rollauer and tie it at 2-2. However, the Spartans took the lead back in the top of the seventh with Luke Holland hitting a leadoff triple before scoring on a sacrifice fly hit out to center by Tyler Steele. Ogden then put UNCG up by a pair, 4-2, with his second homer of the afternoon out to left.

The Spartans extended their lead to 5-2 in the eighth inning with Luke Jenkins singling up the middle to score Trey Truitt from third.

The Bulldogs answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run of their own to cut it back to two, 5-3, when Travis Elliot doubled down the left field line to score Chase Loggins. The Citadel shaved the deficit to one and then tied it with back-to-back RBI singles from Garrett Dill and Travis Lott. UNCG kept it tied, 5-5, with Aidan Brewer turning a six-three double play to end the inning.

With the game needing extra innings to determine a winner, Jacob Dilley reached on an error and was pinch ran for by Cam Murphy. In the next at bat, Murphy reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Zachary Walsh. Holland then reached on a walk before him and Murphy each scored on a triple to left by Steele. Steele then scored on an RBI single blooped to right by Brewer, which made it 8-5.

Grant Aycock returned to the mound for the Spartans in the bottom of the 11th inning after entering as a reliever in the 10th. In doing so, he hung a second zero on the Bulldogs to secure the 8-5 victory for UNCG.

NOTES:

Rob Ready started on the mound for the Spartans and pitched 6.1 innings with two runs (one earned) against on five hits while striking out six and walking a pair.
Working in relief during extras, Aycock earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the season. He pitched two innings with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.
Ogden and Steele led the Spartans with three RBI.
Ogden led UNCG offensively with three hits and a pair of home runs.
Holland tripled and scored two runs.
PITCHING RECORDS:
Grant Aycock: W, 2-0
Anthony Hausner: L, 0-2

RECORDS:
UNCG: 28-16, 12-5 SoCon
CIT: 17-27, 1-16 SoCon

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UP NEXT

The Spartans and Bulldogs close out their three-game SoCon series on Sunday with the finale beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Charleston.

Courtesy of Connor Wachtel
Strategic Communications Coordinator
UNC Greensboro