SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) – With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, a double by Cody Miller secured a 2-1 win for the Wofford College baseball team over UNCG on Friday night at Russell C. King Field. Wofford’s Adam Scott was incredible on the mound as he tied a career-high with 17 strikeouts and did not issue a walk, allowing just one run in the second inning against the best hitting team in the SoCon.
Wofford is now 29-14 on the season and 10-3 in the Southern Conference. UNCG is 29-11 overall and 10-3 in the league, with the two teams tied for first place in the standings. Andrew Orzel had three hits for the Terriers, while Cody Miller had a pair of RBIs. Caleb Webster and Tripp Shelton had two hits each for the Spartans, who had just seven hits in the contest.
The Spartans had a double in the first inning and Wofford’s Mack Nathanson was hit by a pitch, but neither runner advanced. In the top of the second inning, the Spartans led off with a double. Back-to-back sacrifice bunts scored the runner for a 1-0 lead. The Terriers opened the bottom of the second with a single by Andrew Orzel, but a double play and strikeout ended the frame. UNCG left a runner on base in the third after a single.
Wofford led off the bottom of the third with a double by Max McDougald. Alex Malsch walked with one out, but both runners were stranded. The Spartans had runners on the corners with one out after a pair of singles in the top of the fourth inning. A runner was caught stealing home for the second out and a strikeout ended the top half. Andrew Orzel singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth. He was caught stealing second and a fly ball ended the fourth inning. The Spartans went in order in the top of the fifth inning.
Lawson Hill doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning before a strikeout ended the inning. The Spartans first batter in the sixth inning struck out, but reached on a wild pitch. After a fielder’s choice by Cesar Trejo, he stole second base and third base. A pair of strikeouts ended the scoring chance. Wofford went in order in the bottom of the sixth inning and both teams were retired in order in the seventh inning.
In the eighth, the Spartans had a single before a fielder’s choice ended the top half. Alex Malsch walked for Wofford with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but a strikeout ended the inning. Adam Scott struck out the side in the top of the ninth. Mack Nathanson walked with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Andrew Orzel had an infield single. A walk to Brett Rodriguez loaded the bases and a double by Cody Miller with one out drove in two runs to give Wofford a 2-1 victory.
Adam Scott (7-3) started for the Terriers threw his second complete game of the season and sixth of his career. He allowed one run on seven hits and did not issue a walk. He had 17 strikeouts, increasing his season total to 106 and his career total to 358 (fourth in SoCon history). It marks the eighth time in school history a player has 100 or more strikeouts in a single season. The game was the eighth of his career with 10+ strikeouts. The 17 strikeouts are tied for the most in a single game this season in NCAA Division I (Edgar Gonzalez, Fresno State vs. Houston Baptist).
UNCG starting pitcher Matt Frisbee threw 8.1 innings with one run allowed on four hits and eleven strikeouts, while walking just three. Jack Maynard (4-3) closed the game and allowed one run on two hits with one walk in the loss.
Wofford and UNCG will continue the weekend series on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m.