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021611Feature_BaseballSoftball and baseball are cranking up, just as warmer weather hits Greensboro. You can hear the sound of bats and the popping of leather if you venture near the stadiums on campus.

Baseball has a home series this Friday-Sunday (Feb. 18-20) against Delaware. Home games this season include NC State, Duke, Wake Forest. The full schedule is here.

Coach Mike Gaski and the UNCG baseball program currently have a mark of 598 wins. Gaski, who received his MFA in 1976 at UNCG, is the sole head coach in UNCG’s baseball program, which was created in 1991. The preseason coaches’ poll tabbed them at 9th out of 11 teams.

Softball started their season on the road this past weekend. In their first game of the season, they defeated No. 23 Florida State in a no-hitter – Coach Jennifer Herzig’s first win over a ranked opponent, and the program’s first since 2003. They ended the weekend with a 2-3 record.

They will begin home play by hosting the UNCG Spartan Classic Friday-Sunday Feb. 25-27. Their full schedule is here.

Three softball players – Alex Emeterio, Kaitlin Merkt and Eileen Horsmon – were selected to the Preseason All-Southern Conference First Team. UNCG’s three first-team selections were second in the league only to Elon.

UNCG was picked fourth in the preseason poll in a vote of the nine SoCon head coaches.

The team was a runner-up in last season’s SoCon Championship.

All baseball and softball games are free this year.

Some promotions include:

UNCG vs. Furman – March 26 – T-Shirt Giveaway
UNCG vs. App Saturday, April 16 – Strike Out for Cancer – event to raise money for breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game.
UNCG vs. Samford – April 30 – Sunglasses Giveaway

Saturday, March 12 – Western Carolina – Gate Giveaway: UNCG lawn seats
Friday, April 1 – vs Elon – Fan Appreciation Day – every fan that wears UNCG apparel to the game will receive a free t-shirt.
Friday April 15 – Saturday, April 17 – James Madison – Katie Ball Memorial Weekend – event to raise money for cancer. All money donated benefits Relay for Life.
Saturday, April 16 – A building dedication for the new baseball indoor facility.

By Mike Harris
Photograph by Chris English

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