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Hall hits 2 bombs, UNCG tops Eagles

Hall hits 2 bombs, UNCG tops Eagles

Hall hits 2 bombs, UNCG tops Eagles

    UNC Greensboro catcher Jake Hall has hit two home runs in his career.
    Both of them happened on Friday against the Georgia Southern Eagles, and were the difference in the game as the Spartans took a 6-2 win in the series opener at J.I. Clements Stadium.
    Both of Hall’s homers came off of GSU’s Sam Howard (4-4), who had not given up a long ball in any of his previous eight starts.
    UNCG starter Ryan Clark (2-4) went 7.2 innings and struck out seven.
    “They got a couple of big home runs to give Clark the lead,” GSU coadch Rodney Hennon said. “He did a good job mixing up his pitches tonight."
    The Eagles (24-12, 7-6 Southern Conference) struck first when Aaron Mizell hit a two-run bomb to straightaway centerfield in the first inning, but Hall answered with a two-run shot in the third. It was the team-best 10th home run of the season for Mizell, and his 37th and 38th RBIs of the season.
    Hall’s solo shot in the fifth put UNCG (16-16, 3-6) ahead for good.
    Playing without injured shortstop Dalton Busby, GSU’s defense made play after play, including a 1-3-6 pickoff, putouts from left and right field, a tag at home after an attempted squeeze and another double play in the seventh sparked by Aaron Palmer, who took Busby’s spot at short.
    The Eagles however couldn’t find any scoring after the first. Despite eight hits, they stranded 11 runners.
    “A couple of times we had some men on base,” Hennon said, “and (UNCG) made some quality pitches and we were unable to get the big hit.”
    The second game of the series takes place today at 4:30 p.m.
    The game was pushed back due to the spring football scrimmage, which takes place at noon in Paulson Stadium.

    Matt Yogus may be reached at (912) 489-4908.

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