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VMI falls at UNCG, 7-5, eliminated from SoCon playoff contention

vmi baseball 2021A four-run fourth put VMI on top, but UNC rallied for a 7-5 win Thursday, eliminating the Keydets from contention for a bid in next week’s SoCon Tournament.

VMI (16-29/11-17SoCon) got on the board early as a Trey Morgan single brought home Will Knight in the first. The Spartans had four runs cross the plate in the bottom of the first to make it a 4-1 game.

The Keydets took the 5-4 advantage after scoring four runs of their own in the third. Knight singled to plate Cody Warner, and VMI took advantage of a passed ball and an error to add the other three runs.

UNCG scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead, and neither team would add a run the rest of the way.

Knight was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. Will Lopez and JT Inskeep each tossed an inning of relief, not allowing a run, a hit or a walk.

Greg Hardison went 3-for-4 for UNCG (27-23/12-16 SoCon). Jared Mathewson threw 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win and Austin Parsley worked 1 2/3 perfect innings to earn the save.

The teams will close out the 2021 regular season Friday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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