GREENSBORO—A pair of home runs in the third inning lifted the UNC Greensboro baseball team past North Carolina A&T en route to a 10-4 Spartan victory on a chilly evening at NewBridge Bank Park on Tuesday.
The Aggies (7-16, 3-5 MEAC) totaled seven hits, including four doubles in the contest. Junior designated hitter Cameron Jergens had two hits and two RBI in the contest. Sophomore Bo McMillan also had two hits. But the Spartan (12-12) offense was just a bit stronger, and UNCG was also able to capitalize on three A&T errors early.
“It was a good game there for a little bit," said A&T head coach Joel Sanchez. "We had a couple key hits early and scored one. We had a couple key errors in that first inning and gave up a couple of runs. Two big innings is really what it came down to."
Junior shortstop Luke Tendler started off the game with a double down the right field line. Senior first baseman Kelvin Freeman grounded out, allowing Tendler to move to third. Jergens doubled to left to put A&T in front, 1-0.
But the Spartans scored five runs in their half of the third inning to pull ahead for good. UNCG third baseman Trevor Edwards hit a solo shot to right to make it 4-3. The Spartans loaded the bases with no out, and Zac MacAneney hit a grand slam to right to extend the lead to five.
A&T right-hander Jamal Clark came on to relieve A&T starter Tyler Boone in the fourth, and held the Spartans scoreless for three innings, allowing just two hits.
A two-out RBI double by McMillan made it an 8-4 game in the sixth. The Spartans threatened in the sixth, loading the bases on two walks and a bunt single, but Clark retired the next three batters to get out of the jam.
The Aggies left a runner in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, but went down in order in the last two innings.
“We just didn’t make the plays when we needed to," Sanchez said. "We had a couple of chances to make a couple of plays and we didn’t make them. So that turned out to be the ballgame.”
After UNCG took a 3-1 lead, an RBI groundout by Freeman scored Tendler to pull A&T within a run in the third. With one out and Tolentino on third, Jergens singled up the middle to tie the game at 3 before UNCG's big home half of the third.
The Aggies will host Duke at 6 p.m., at War Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, and will look to snap their four-game skid.