UNCG travels to Wofford for final regular-season series
UNCG (31-18, 19-8) at Wofford (22-30, 9-18)
UNCG Baseball Stadium • Greensboro, N.C.
May 20-21, 2011 • Game 50-52 • 7 p.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m.
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• Winners of 12 of its last 13 games, UNCG will look to continue its hot streak as the Spartans travel down to Wofford for the final regular-season three-game series. The Spartans and Terriers will kick off the series on Friday at 7 p.m. before wrapping up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.
• This past weekend, UNCG hosted The Citadel for its final home series of the season and came away with a weekend sweep. UNCG took game one on Friday night, 5-1, behind a career-high 12 strikeouts from Warren Slack. The Spartans took game two by an identical 5-1 score before scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday for the 12-11 win.
• UNCG leads the all-time series against The Wofford, 34-10, dating back to 1997. Last season, UNCG hosted the Terriers for a three-game set and started off the weekend with a 7-5 win on Friday night. Wofford tied up the weekend series with a 17-9 win on Saturday and took the series from UNCG with a 10-3 victory on Sunday.
• Wofford comes into the game with a 22-30 record overall and a 9-18 mark in the SoCon. The Terriers are currently in a tie with Western Carolina for the eighth and final spot in the Southern Conference Tournament. Last weekend, Wofford dropped a series on the road to Samford, 2-1, but took two of three from Georgia Southern on the road the previous week.
• Last Tuesday, UNCG traveled to High Point for its final midweek game of the season. The Spartans fell behind 3-1 early in the game, but took control in the middle innings to cruise to a 12-4 win. Trevor Edwards had three doubles, one to each part of the ballpark, to go along with his career-high six RBI. Eric Brindle also added a pair of doubles and three RBI.
• UNCG has had a lot of success this season playing "small ball". The Spartans lead the nation with 80 sacrifice bunts this year. That is 29 more than any other team in the Southern Conference. UNCG has also done it on the base paths as they are 46-55 on stolen base attempts.
• The Spartans have received a boost from the back of their rotation in Colby Hyatt. Hyatt currently has a staff-best 3.67 ERA and is 7-2 so far this season. Hyatt has also pitched a team-best 81 innings this season, which ranks third in the SoCon. Also, he has only walked 11 batters all year, which is second in the conference.
• 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 second in the conference after being hit 15 times already, while Barker has been hit on 13 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. The Spartans have also swept Georgia Southern and The Citadel since that time.
• 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.
• 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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