GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG trio of Caleb Webster, Josh Madole and Coleman Sawyer finished with two hits each, but it was Western Carolina’s offensive display that proved to be the difference as the Catamounts emerged with a 24-4 win at UNCG Baseball Stadium on Saturday, March 30.
Webster wrapped up his day by going 2-for-4 from the plate, scoring one run in the process. Madole, who capped off the game by hitting 2-for-5, was responsible for an RBI and a double. Sawyer ended the game by going 2-of-3 at the plate, scoring one run in the process.
Western Carolina (11-12, 1-4 SoCon) halted a five-game regular season winning streak by the Spartans after accruing 24 runs on 22 hits, finishing with nine doubles and two home runs in the process. The Catamounts had six innings in which they scored multiple runs, including five-run outings in the fifth and ninth innings.
UNCG (17-8, 4-1 SoCon), which dropped just its second game at home this season, got off to a good start in the opening frame. Webster singled past the shortstop for the first Spartan hit, scoring on a single to right field by Madole after a throwing miscue by the right fielder.
After a three-run inning by the Catamounts in the top of the second, UNCG put its second run of the game across the plate in the bottom of the inning. Sawyer opened with a single to left field and Hogan Windish reached on a fielder’s choice, moving to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Jacquez Koonce reached on a fielding error, moving Windish to third in the process. The pair moved up one base, Windish crossing home, on a wild pitch.
Facing a 7-2 deficit, the Spartans recorded their third run in the fourth. Sawyer singled to third and Kuchmaner drove a two-out single past the first baseman, putting runners at the corners. The pair advanced on a balk, resulting in the third UNCG run of the game.
The final run for the Spartans came in the seventh after David Flores sent a double down the left field line. Madole followed three batters later with a double into right field, scoring Flores from third.
UNCG FAST FACTS (Game 2 vs. Western Carolina)
-The Spartans now hold a 38-34 advantage in the all-time series.
-UNCG slips to 14-2 at home on the season.
-The 10 hits by the Spartans mark the ninth time this season that UNCG has amassed double-digit hits.
HEAD COACH LINK JARRETT ANALYSIS
"Obviously the game got out of hand as we made uncharacteristic mistakes. WCU played really well and Purus pitched well against us. He has thrown well against us before, and did a nice job today. Their ability to capitalize today on a lack of execution on the mound ultimately was an obvious difference. They drove balls well, we did not today. Our defense was not sharp at times, other than the outstanding double play (Austin) Embler started as he dove up the middle. We have a tough group of guys, and we will be better tomorrow."