Braves break out the brooms with sweep
Uncp recently swept PBC conference foe Georgia Southwestern over the weekend at Sammy Cox field. The sweep marked the fourth of the season for the Black and Gold..
In Game one, Uncp displayed a dominant balanced performance. Starter Jesse Stinnett (5-0) was solid on the rubber for the hosts, he fanned eight batters in eight innings, and only surrendered four runs.
On offense Junior second baseman Nick Salisbury proved to be the catalyst, he finished 2-for-3 on the day with one RBI.
Christian Snider and Nolan Pierce also turned in solid hitting days,Snider delivered on a huge RBI double to help uplift the home team. Uncp erupted in the fourth inning 11 different batters saw the plate.
Dakota Long led the way for the Hurricanes, he homered and drove in four runs on the day. Zach Barron and Brandon Weaver got GSW on the board in the top of the third.
Gsw held a 3-0 lead momentarily until the fourth inning when the Braves were able to bat six runs in.
Earl Dupree was charged with the loss and dropped to (2-4) on the season.
Alex Britt came on in the ninth for relief duty and was able to add his fifth decision on the season.
Game 2 was a close contest that saw the Braves triumph 6-4 over PBC foe Georgia SouthWestern.
Designated hitter Stibel Aleman Saba proved to be the hero of the contest after he hit a three run bomb over to right field. The play occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning all but sealed the deal .
Nick Debo had a very productive effort, he finished the day 2-for-5 and scored twice.
The visitors again drew first blood and put themselves in position to take an early lead.
Davey King lead the way for the Hurricanes he went 2-for-5 at the plate, both slaps were doubles, he also drove a run in.
After falling down early Uncp was able to capitalize on a fielding error made by GSW third baseman Alex Kranick.
Nick Salisbury was able to reach base. A few batters later, Aleman Saba crushed a pitch over the middle for a three run homer.
Alex Britt (3-1) has been effective all year out of the bullpen and he proved why he is the closer. In 2 ⅓ innings he sat down seven batters and only allowed two toes.
The Visitors left base runners stranded multiple times and it seemed to come back and haunt them.
Uncp completed the full on sweep in game 3 victory 9-6. Logan Cook got the start in the series finale and delivered in a big way. He finished the day with seven strikeouts and 2 earned runs. With the win Cook earned his 20th all time victory as a Brave.
With the third consecutive win the Braves (18-8.7-5) have now taken the last five at home.
Junior Drew Beaver and Pierce went 3-for-4 on the afternoon, Christian Snider also contributed in a big way to the offence. Snider homered and brought in two RBI’s.
The hosts jumped out early to a 8-1 lead.
The visitors swung the bats effectively as well combining for 10 total team hits. The Braves defense did a solid job not allowing the competition any extra bases.
Dakota Long went 2-for-5 on the day to lead the effort for the Hurricanes. They made a push late in the seventh and ninth innings to close the gap but ultimately fell short.
Freshman Hank Simpson earned a milestone of his own picking up his first collegiate decision in his career.
He gave up back to back hits in the ninth but finally settled down with the bases loaded, and forced Zach Barron to hit into a serious double play, Simpson recorded the following out for the hosts.
Layne Gusher (1-4) was charged with the loss for the visitors, he surrendered seven runs off seven hits before being yanked after completing 4 ⅓ innings. With the sweep GSW falls to (15-13,2-13) on the season.
Uncp (18-8,7-5) will look to carry this momentum into a midweek series with regional rival Chowan (8-12).
Both contests will be played at Sammy Cox field the first scheduled for 6.p.m, the latter half will follow suit at 6 p.m.