GREENSBORO, N.C. – A single to left field by sophomore Coleman Sawyer proved to be the difference as the Spartans snagged their second walk-off win in as many games with a 2-1 victory over Furman on Sunday, April 7th at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
With the game knotted at one-all in the bottom of the ninth, leadoff hitter Josh Madole singled to right field for the sixth UNCG hit of the day. Hogan Windish worked the count in his favor, drawing a walk that moved Madole into scoring position.
It was there that Sawyer connected on a 1-1 pitch with a single to left, extending his hitting streak to a season-long 15 games, that brought home Madole for the game-winning run. Teammate Phillip Sanderson (3-2), making his first relief appearance of the season, picked up the win in the process allowing just one walk while striking out four Furman batters in 1.1 innings.
Three UNCG (20-11, 5-4 SoCon) pitchers toed the rubber, including starter Austin Koehn, who worked 6.2 innings, scattered six hits, allowed one run and one walk, while striking out six. He gave way to Jack Voigt, who lasted one inning, striking out two batters in the process, before Sanderson took over on the mound.
After recording its first hit in the bottom of the second, UNCG put the first run on the board in the third when freshman Jacquez Koonce took the first pitch of the frame over the left field wall for his first collegiate home run. Koonce finished with two extra-base hits on the game, including a double off the wall to lead off the eighth inning.
The lone Furman run came in the seventh when a single up the middle by Zach Ahearn brought home MJ Sasapan, tying the score at 1-1.
FAST FACTS (Game 3: vs. Furman)
-UNCG improves to 17-3 at home this season with the win.
-The Spartans have now won five three-game series on the season.
-The Spartan bullpen, which accounted for 12 K’s has now tallied double figure strikeouts in five games this season (10 at High Point, Feb. 19; 17 vs. Penn, March 2; 11 at Mercer, March 23; 12 vs. Furman, April 6).
-Coleman Sawyer’s hitting streak is now at 15 games, a season-long team-best.
-Josh Madole now has an 11-game hitting streak with a single in the bottom of the ninth.
-The win marks head coach Link Jarrett’s 201st in his coaching career.
The Spartans return to the field on Tuesday, April 9th, when they travel to Chapel Hill to take on North Carolina at 6 p.m. They continue their non-conference stretch next weekend when UNCG plays host to George Mason on April 12-14.