High Point Hosts West Virginia for Midweek Baseball

The High Point University baseball club returns to Williard Stadium on Wednesday as they host the Mountaineers of West Virginia for a 4 pm first pitch. Wednesday marks the first time the Panthers will host a Big 12 opponent at Williard Stadium.

Game Information — Wednesday, March 16th | 4:00 PM
high point vs. West Virginia | Willard Stadium | High Point, NC
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  • This weekend marks the first meeting between the Panthers and the Mountaineers
  • The last time HPU faced a Big 12 opponent was February 15th, 2013 against Kansas State.

Across the Diamond

  • West Virginia is 9-5 on the season after series wins against Central Michigan and UNC Charlotte in back-to-back weekend series.
  • The Mountaineers are coming off of a weekend series against Ohio State. The two teams played a double header on Friday in which they split and the Sunday series finale was canceled due to weather.
  • West Virginia will be spending the week in North Carolina as they face the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night before heading to High Point on Wednesday. The Mountaineers will then head to Buies Creek to face Campbell this weekend.

Long Gone Ball
Cole Singsanko hit his second homer of the season at Kentucky on Sunday, March 13th. Singsank’s bomb to left field changed momentum for HPU and tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 4th inning.

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Stepping Up to the Plate
Sophomore Charlie Klingler earned his first start of the season in Friday’s doubleheader at Kentucky. As the designated hitter, Klingler was 3-for-6 on the day, including a ground rule double, with two runs scored and one RBI.

Klingler was also 1-for-3 in Sunday’s matinee with a walk against the Wildcats, finishing the weekend with at least one hit in each game he played.

Charlie Klingler knocks a ground rule double down the left field line to drive in a run! @javon_fields_ follows up with a 2-RBI single up the middle!#GoHPU pic.twitter.com/wHOXtMryyi

— High Point Baseball (@HPUBaseball) March 11, 2022

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Perfect Line at Proud Park
Cole Singsanko went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate against Kentucky in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. He opened up the game with HPU’s first hit in Kentucky Proud Park with a double down the left field line before singling through the left side in the fourth and again up the middle in the top of the sixth inning.

Dean Shows Out in First Start

Red shirt junior Parker Dean got his first collegiate start on the mound against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at Williard Stadium. Dean finished with five strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched while giving up three runs on seven hits.

Seeing Doubles
Sophomore Blake Sutton has notched a team-high five two-baggers through 17 games. His last double was against Pittsburgh with a shot down the right field line that scored Josh Deslauriers

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— High Point Baseball (@HPUBaseball) March 9, 2022

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Duffy Delivers Against Wildcats
Sean Duffy recorded his longest outing in a game so far this season as he went 4.1 innings in Sunday’s series final against the Kentucky Wildcats. Duffy finished the day holding the Wildcats to just three hits and punched three strikeouts.

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— High Point Baseball (@HPUBaseball) March 13, 2022

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Raising the Standard, Lowering ERA
Panther pitching struggled with high ERAs a season ago and was a key focus for the new staff and pitching coach Miles Miller heading into 2022. The lowest ERA in 2021 was Trent Harris’ 3.46.

Three Panthers have managed ERAs under 2.60 so far this season (Carter SheppardSam GarciaSean Duffy† Sheppard and Garcia have each posted ERAs of 2.16 while Duffy registers a 2.55 ERA. The trio is also holding opponents to a collective .211 batting average with a combined 52.0 innings pitched.

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Blake Sutton had a hot start to his sophomore season, reaching base in each of the first 14 games of the season. He also finished the stretch recording at least one hit in each of the last nine games. His streak ended in the game one of a doubleheader at Kentucky on Friday.

Sutton reached base in the last two games against Kentucky with a base hit and after he was hit by a pitch.

Panthers Power Past Cougars
HPU recorded their first weekend series sweep of 2022, as they iced 7-1 College of Charleston. The Panthers posted 5-0, 6-0, and 5-4 wins over the three-day affair.

Sweeps and Shutouts

HPU’s sweep of the Cougars was their first series sweep since March 6-8, 2021 when the Panthers swept UNC Asheville (8-2, 12-6, 11-10) in High Point. The Panthers also recorded back-to-back shutouts, their first shutout since February 22, 2020 vs Towson. It was also HPU’s first back-to-back shutout victories since the 2018 season when the Panthers swept Presbyterian 6-0 and 1-0 on May 17th and 19th.

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HPU Posts First Win in Hammond Era
With Saturday’s walk-off win against Toledo, High Point earned their first win under head coach Joey Hammond

Stuart Sends It Out
Adam Stuart hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday against Virginia Tech. Stuart’s solo home run cut the Hokie lead down to four runs in the eighth inning.

Sutton Knocks First Homer
Blake Sutton hit his first home run of the season against Toledo on Friday night in the top of the first inning. Sutton’s solo shot was the second homer of his career.

Zayicek Goes Yard
Sam Zayicek homered at NC State on Tuesday. Zayicek’s two-run shot to right field was his first of the season and the third in his career after hitting two homers in 2020.

Home Run Hitters
Cole Singsanko and Cameron Lee hit their first home runs of the season in back-to-back innings against Jacksonville on Saturday, February 19th. Sinksank’s 3-run homer to left field in the third inning of Saturday’s game against the Dolphins was the second of his career.

Lee’s solo shot in the next inning would give HPU their first lead of the game, 7-6.

Sunday Show
Sophomore David Keith earned the start on the mound for HPU on Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville. Keith finished with 6.0 innings pitched, and four strikeouts.

HPU Picked Eighth in Preseason Poll
High Point was tabbed eighth in the Big South preseason coaches’ poll on January 27th. Campbell was the league favorite with eight first-place votes and 116 total points in the poll.

Trio of Panthers Highlight D1 Baseball Big South Prospects
D1 Baseball released their Big South preview including top 2022 and 2023 draft prospects. Carter Sheppard was listed as the third-highest prospect in 2022 to come out of the conference. Sheppard finished 2021 with 45 strikeouts in 48.0 innings pitched. Blake Sutton also cracked the top-20, slotted 16th. Sutton started 36 games behind the plate for the Panthers last season, hitting .282/.363/.366 and recording 237 putouts. Javon Fields rounded out High Point’s top prospects at No. 30. Fields transferred to HPU from Towson, where he was the starting center fielder. He finished 2021 with a .257/.363/.384 line and had a .984 fielding percentage.

Carr Top-3 Big South Prospect in 2023
In the list of 2023 draft prospects, sophomore Peyton Carr was tabbed the third-best pick from the conference. Carr finished 2021 with the second-best team batting average, hitting .304/.494/.376 for the season.

Big South Tournament at Truist Point
The Big South conference announced in December that the 2022 conference tournament would be held at Truist Point in High Point. HPU has not played in the conference tournament since the 2019 season, when the Panthers fell to No. 3 Winthrop in a 6-2 ball game.

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