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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Left-hander Corey Taylor struck out nine hitters over five scoreless innings, and UNC Greensboro jumped out to an early six-run lead on the way to a 7-4 win over Radford on Saturday afternoon. 
Daniel Wright went 2-for-3 and walked twice for Radford (3-7), and Zach Costello was 2-for-5 – Costello has reached base in all 10 games for the Highlanders this season.  Radford stranded 14 men on base in the loss.
“We had three opportunities with guys on third base and less than two outs – instead of being a 5-0 game, it should have been a 5-3 game,” head coach Joe Raccuia said.  “That keeps you within striking distance early.”
Trevor Edwards was 2-for-4 for the Spartans (8-1) and hit a two-run first inning homer, his sixth of the year, and Kris Richards was 3-for-3 with a solo home run (3) in the seventh.
Taylor allowed just two hits and stranded five runners in scoring position for the Highlanders.   He struck out the side in the fifth inning, and had two strikeouts in both the second and fifth innings.
UNCG scored in three innings where the leadoff man reached base.  After Edwards' homer made it a 2-0 lead for UNCG in the first, the Spartans cashed in again in the second with two men on for Nick Chapman, who hit a one-out triple to right center, clearing the bases and extending the lead to 5-0.   Zach Leach hit a leadoff single in the fourth, then came home on Richards' one-out single to give the Spartans a 6-0 lead.
Radford got on the board in the sixth – with the bases loaded and one out, Josh Gardiner drew a bases-loaded walk to get the Highlanders on the board.  Costello knocked in a run with a single on the next play, but the Spartans got out of the inning when center fielder Nick Chapman made a good throw home on a shallow fly out hit by Brett Mollenhauer, where Wright tagged from third and tried to score on the play.
Another threat came in the ninth – Matt Hillsinger had a one-out hit to score Mollenhauer, who singled to lead off.    Three batters later with runners at second and third, Cory Turner hit a ground ball to the right side to bring home Hillsinger and make it a 7-4 UNCG lead.  Wright drew a walk on the next play to load the bases, but the Spartans escaped.
“It's never over – that's what you learn in baseball,” Raccuia said.  “Our goal there was to get the tying run to the plate, and we got a chance, but leaving as many guys on base as we have in this 10-game stretch has been a problem.”
Radford righty Mark Peterson took the loss (0-1), allowing six runs in five innings.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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