Spartans to host ACC foe Wake Forest on Tuesday
UNCG (17-13, 9-6 SoCon) vs. Wake Forest (12-20, 5-10 ACC)
UNCG Baseball Stadium • Greensboro, N.C.
April 12, 2011 • Game 31 • 6 p.m.
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• After dropping just its second weekend series of the season, UNCG will look to get back on track on Tuesday as the Spartans host ACC foe Wake Forest for a 6 p.m. contest at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
• This past weekend, UNCG traveled Davidson and dropped the weekend series to the Wildcats 2-1. The Spartans took the first game of the series on Friday, 8-5, but Davidson came back on Saturday to win 14-3 to tie the series. The Wildcats claimed the series on Sunday by winning the rubber game, 5-2.
• UNCG trails in the all-time series against Wake Forest, 9-34, dating back to 1992. Earlier this season, the Spartans traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. on March 1 and dropped the contest, 11-1. UNCG took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but the Demon Deacons rattled off 11 unanswered runs to win the game, 11-1.
• Wake Forest comes into the game with a 12-20 record overall and a 5-10 mark in the ACC. The Demon Deacons took down Virginia Tech in the series finale on Sunday, 5-3, on Sunday, but dropped the series to the Hokies, 2-1. Wake Forest split its two midweek games against High Point last week, winning 3-1 at home on Tuesday before falling 9-1 on the road.
• Last Wednesday, UNCG played its third ACC team this season as it hosted Duke for a midweek contest. UNCG jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game, but aided by a six-run sixth inning, Duke was able to take a 7-2 lead. UNCG tried to mount a comeback late in the contest, but the Blue Devils were able to hold off the Spartans for the 8-6 win.
• Teammates Trevor Edwards and Chris Barker have been in the line of fire this season as both are in the top-5 in the SoCon in hit by pitches. Edwards currently is tied for first in the conference after being hit 12 times already, while Barker has been hit on eight different occasions. Last season, Barker finished fourth in the nation after being hit by a pitch 26 times.
• UNCG's sweep of Western Carolina on March 11-13 was the first weekend sweep for the Spartans in Southern Conference play since May of 2008 when UNCG swept College of Charleston. It was also the first time UNCG had swept Western Carolina in a series since 2004 when the Spartans completed the feat on the road.
• On Jan. 19, the UNCG baseball team reached a milestone in the 21st season of the program. The 10-9 walk-off win on Saturday gave head coach Mike Gaski his 600th career win. The win was also the 600th in program history as Gaski has been the lone skipper for the Spartans over the past 21 seasons.
• Following the 2010 season, junior Blake Hassebrock was drafted in the 8th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Oakland Athletics. It marked the second-straight season that UNCG has had a player drafted in the 8th round by the Athletics as Rob Gilliam was selected in that slot in 2009. Hassebrock signed with the Athletics a few weeks after being drafted and ended his season with the Vancouver Canadians. UNCG has now had at least one pitcher drafted in 12 of the past 14 seasons.
• The Spartans also return two of their three weekend starters this season in Warren Slack and Colby Hyatt. Hyatt finished in fifth in the Southern Conference last season with a 4.29 ERA to go along with his 7-4 record, while Slack was 10th in the SoCon with his 4.75 ERA. Slack was also ninth in the league last year with 75 strikeouts.
• UNCG will welcome 18 newcomers to the team this season as it looks to plug some holes left by exiting players. An area that will receive the most help will be the pitching staff. After losing Hassebrock to the draft and Alex Shelton to graduation, UNCG needed to bolster pitching staff that featured just nine arms last season. The Spartans have brought in nine new arms this season, led by Jarett Miller who will join the weekend rotation. Four of those nine new pitchers are left handed-pitchers, which was necessary after UNCG lost its only left-handed pitcher from a season ago in Shelton.
• UNCG has made admission free for all home games this season at the UNCG Baseball Stadium. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the Spartans all season long on campus.
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