Baseball Falls In 10 Innings At UNCG, 8-7
GREENSBORO, N.C. Matt Gaski singled past first base with one out in the 10th inning Wednesday night to drive in Ray Quinones with the winning run, lifting UNC Greensboro past NC State 8-7 at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Gaski’s single capped a long, uphill come-from-behind victory for the Spartans, who trailed 6-3 at one point and entered the ninth inning down 7-5. Quinones led off the 10 th with a double to left-center off Travis High (1-1), who struck out Pedro Leon for the first out of the inning. Jake Kensmoe, the ninth NC State pitcher of the game, came in to face Gaski and gave up the game-winning hit.
The Spartans improved to 25-15 with the win, while NC State lost for just the fourth time in 17 games, falling to 27-13.
UNCG took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Leon scored from third on a foul pop-up just behind the first-base bag by Tim Carrier. Chris Schaeffer’s grounder to shortstop in the second drove in Ryan Pond to tie the score at 1-1. Sean Snell reached on a two-out single up the middle off reliever Joey Cutler, who moved Snell to second on a wild pitch, then took third when Schaeffer’s throw to second was wide of the bag and went into right-center field. Cutler’s second wild pitch of the inning allowed Snell to score and give UNCG a 2-1 lead.
Nick Stanley pinch-hit for Schaeffer with two out in the top of the fourth and singled off second baseman Tim Carrier’s glove, then went to second on a wild pitch. Tommy Foschi delivered Schaeffer with a double down the right-field line, and Martin made it a two-run inning with a single up the middle, giving the Wolfpack the lead at 3-2.
Logan Smith, who had never homered in more than 100 college games, unloaded a tape-measure shot to right-center in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3.
The Wolfpack jumped to a 6-3 lead in the top of the fifth. Releiver Warren Slack walked Marcus Jones leading off the inning, then balked to move Jones to second. With one down, Slack’s wild pitch advanced Jones to third, and after Pond walked, Jones scored on Jeremy Synan’s infield single.
Rob Gilliam came in to pitch for UNCG at that point, and Dallas poulk greeted him with an opposite-field single to left field that left fielder Drew Gehringer overran for an error. Pond scored on the single, and Synan came all the way around to score from first thanks to the error.
Ed Jayjack, a little-used reserve for the Spartans, pinch-hit for Smith in the sixth and belted a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field to cut the lead to two runs at 6-4, and Snell’s two-out triple in the seventh made it a one-run game at 6-5.
The Wolfpack had a couple of late-inning scoring chances implode due to baserunning blunders. The Pack had runners at second and third with one down in the eighth, but catcher Adam Deleo picked Dallas Poulk off third base for the second out, and Alex Shelton (4-3), who got the win with four solid innings of relief work, got out of the inning when Martin grounded out for the final out.
Russell Wilson led off the top of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit solo homer to left-center to make it 7-5, but later in the inning Marcus Jones was out at third trying to advance on what would have been a wild pitch.
Jimmy Gillheeney came in to pitch for the Wolfpack in the bottom of the ninth and coughed up the lead for his first blown save of the season. Leon led off and singled up the middle. Gaski singled to right to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Gillheeney struck out Greg Feltes for the first out, but walked Snell on four pitches to load the bases and put the tying run in scoring position. Carrier singled through the left side to drive in two runs and tie the score at 7-7.
NC State will return to action Friday vs. Boston College in the first game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park. Games times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and on the internet at gopack.com through the Pack Pass package.