Asheville, Charleston Southern, Coastal, Gardner-Webb Win Saturday


The UNC Asheville baseball team pounded out 14 hits and starting pitcher Ryan Dull gave up only one run over eight innings to help lead the Bulldogs to a 7-1 victory over Big South Conference foe High Point on Saturday evening at Williard Stadium.

Dull allowed one run on four hits while striking out five Panthers to improve to 4-4 on the year.  With the five K's Dull moves into third-place all-time at UNC Asheville with 224 for his career.

The Bulldogs improve to 21-23 on the year with a 10-10 mark in League play.  The win also gives Asheville its first Big South series victory on the road since sweeping Presbyterian in 2010.  High Point falls to 23-23 overall and 8-9 in the conference.

Five different Bulldogs collected two or more hits in the contest, with first baseman Todd Joyner going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.  Senior third baseman Cody Buch was only 1-for-4, but also drove in a pair of runs for the Blue & White.

Senior right fielder Patrick Koontz hit his sixth home run of the season, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

For the second-straight game High Point took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the first inning as redshirt-junior Sean Wilson led off the Panther half of the frame with a home run over the left field wall.  The home run was the first of Wilson's High Point career and the first leadoff home run for HPU this season.

Asheville tied the game in the top of the second inning when Koontz got a hold of an offering from Matt Armstead and sent it into the Panther's Den in right-center field to make the score 1-1.

The game remained tied until the top of the fifth when the Bulldogs managed to score five runs with two outs to open a 6-1 lead.  Buch and Joyner picked up the big hits on the inning as Buch had a two RBI single and Joyner followed with a two-RBI double down the right field line.

The Bulldogs pushed their lead to six, 7-1 in the top of the eighth inning with their sixth two-out run of the game as Jordan Lurie drove in Cody Adkins with a single to the right-center gap.

Asheville's 2-5 hitters combined to go 8-19 from the plate, scoring five of the Bulldogs' seven runs in the contest.

The two teams will conclude their series on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Drew Spear will take the mound for the Bulldogs while Jacob Newberry will pitch for the Panthers.

Coastal Carolina had 11 straight batters reach base safely in the bottom of the eighth in game one to take an 11-4 come-from-behind win over Campbell and Daniel Bowman hit a three-run home run in game two as the 24th-ranked Chanticleers held on for a 6-5 doubleheader sweep Saturday at Watson Stadium.

Bowman now has 201 career RBI, moving him to third on the Big South all-time list, eight behind second place and 15 off the all-time mark of 216 by Winthrop's Jason Colson (1998-2001).  In game number two, Aaron Burke, who got the win in game one to improve to 8-3, entered the nightcap with two out, the bases loaded and the Chants' clinging to a one-run lead.  Campbell catcher Ben Fish hit a slow roller down the third base line.  Burke would gather the ball in front of third baseman Chris Suseck, pivoted and threw a short hop to first, which Rich Witten picked out of the dirt to record the final out.

In game one, Burke pitched the final 3.2 innings, allowing no runs, one hit and two walks with a strikeout.  In getting his seventh save of the season in game two, the Chanticleers have 22 saves as a team, tying VMI (2007) for the Big South record.

Campbell got on the board first in game one.  Nick Ray drew a leadoff walk to start the second inning and Fish deposited the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a two-run home run.  Erick Gaylord followed with a bunt single.  After a sacrifice bunt and single by Jimmy Brenneman put runners on the corners, Ben McQuown executed a safety squeeze, plating Gaylord.

Coastal broke through in the third.  Justin Creel was hit by a pitch to start the home half and Coastal would load the bases with one out thanks to singles by Jacob May and Ted Blackman.  Bowman picked up an easy RBI, walking to bring home Creel.  However, Campbell starter Matt Sergey would get a pop out and ground out to keep the score at 3-1.

In the fifth, Coastal scored in the same fashion to trim its deficit to one, 3-2.  Brian Pruett reached on an error, May reached on a bunt single and the pair moved up 90 feet on a Blackman sacrifice bunt.  The Camels intentionally walked Bowman to lead the bases and Alex Buccilli, who had three RBI in game one, walked on four pitches to force home Pruett.  Sergey once again escaped further damage by getting an inning-ending double play.

The Camels got that run back in the sixth when Fish hit a leadoff home run over the right-center field wall.  Coastal responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth.  Tucker Frawley walked and moved to third on Sloan Giliam's single.  Creel, facing new pitcher Ryan Mattes, drove in Frawley as he reached on a throwing error.

Coastal tied the game and took its first lead in the bottom of the eighth.  After an out, 11 consecutive Chants reached base safely (seven hits, three walks and a hit by pitch) to take an 11-4 lead.  Singles by Gilliam, Creel and Pruett made the score 4-4 as Pruett's flair to center brought home pinch runner Luke Willis.  After May walked to load the bases, Blackman reached on an infield single to put Coastal on top 5-4.  Bowman then singled to right, driving in his second run of the day.  With the bases still loaded, Buccilli brought home May and Blackman with a two-run single to left field.  Frawley, who started the inning with a fly out, kept the rally going with an RBI single.  Willis, who had come in as a pinch runner, got an at bat, walking to force home the 11th run of the game.  Pinch hitter Keith Picconi was hit by a pitch, keeping the bases loaded and bringing home Witten.

Tyler Herb, after taking a no hitter into the seventh inning at Liberty, struggled through 5.1 innings today, but was really hurt by two pitches, a two-run home run and a solo shot.  He would allow five hits and four runs, while walking four and striking out a season-low one. Sergey was in line for the win despite walking four as he allowed five hits and three runs (one earned).  Mattes (4-2) suffered the loss, allowing three hits and three runs in two innings.

In game two, Coastal scored first, taking advantage of two errors in the third.  Pruett reached on an error and took second on the play.  May followed with a sacrifice but, but would reach on an error, allowing Pruett to score on the play.

In the fifth, Pruett had a leadoff double and Blackman walked, setting up a three-run home run by Bowman.  The blast was the senior's sixth of the season and 46th for his illustrious career.

Campbell took advantage of two singles and an error to start the sixth to score.  Michael Felton and Jake Kirkland had back-to-back singles.  David Olson's ground ball to second was misplayed, allowing Felton to score and put runners on the corners.  Ryan Connolly came out of the bullpen with one out.  He got a foul out and a strikeout.  However, one pitch prior to the strikeout, a passed ball allowed Kirkland to come home to make the score 4-2.

Coastal got those two runs back in the seventh, taking a 6-2 lead.  With the bases loaded, Witten lined a two-run single back up the middle.  Bowman scored for the third time Saturday, marking the 196th time he has scored home in his career to move into eighth on the Big South career list (third in CCU history).

The Camels cut their deficit in half, 6-3, in the top of the eighth.  With one out, Olson singled and Ray followed with a double.  Pinch hitter Bryce Grady brought home Olson with an RBI ground out.

Campbell loaded the bases in the ninth when Brenneman drew a one-out walk while McQuown and Felton followed with singles.  With two out, Olson lined a two-run single off Patrick Corbett to right-center field to make the score 6-5, leaving runners on the corners.  Ben Smith came out of the bullpen and walked Ray to load the bases to set up Burke's heroics.

CCU starter Austin Wallace improved to 4-0.  He lasted 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and two unearned runs with two walks and four strikeouts.  Frank Zier (3-3) took the loss, allowing nine hits and six runs ove 6.1 innings.

The teams will play a single game Sunday with first pitch set for 2 pm.

Charleston Southern (18-28, 9-8) used a late-inning rally for the second straight day en route to a 6-2 victory over Winthrop (13-32, 6-11) on Saturday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
 CSU got a phenomenal start from senior Patrick Dolan who went a career-high 7 1/3 innings.  Dolan allowed just two runs (both earned) on nine hits while striking out five in a no-decision.

Denis Buckley (2-0) came on to relieve Dolan, going 1 1/3 innings and allowing three hits while striking out one. He also picked up the win for the Bucs.

Corey Deighan came on to get the final out of the game for the Buccaneers while picking up his sixth save of the season.

Winthrop scored the first run of the ball game in the top of the second, fueled by back-to-back one-out singles by Patrick McLendon and Jason Driver that gave the Eagles runners on first and third with one out.  A perfectly executed safety squeeze from Leighton Daniels gave Winthrop a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the third Winthrop would extend their lead as Drew Hardee led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a single by Chas Crane into right field.  After Dolan struck out T.J. Olesczuk for the first out, Matt Lobacz singled to centerfield, scoring Hardee for a 2-0 Eagle lead.

Winthrop starter Eric Ruth went six strong innings in getting the start for the Eagles. He allowed six hits and no runs while recording eight strikeouts.

Austin Stuart (3-2) would relieve Ruth to start the bottom of the seventh inning, surrendering back-to-back singles from Robbie Streett and Walt QuattlebaumBlake Hunt then moved both runners up 90 feet with a sacrifice bunt before Drew Woodall singled thru the right side, scoring Streett and Quattlebaum to tie the game 2-2.

John Faircloth began the bottom of the eighth for CSU with a single into left center but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice from Alex Tomasovich.  Following a Chase Shelton single to right field to put runners on the corners, Quattlebaum then got a single to fall in shallow left field that scored Tomasovich and gave the Bucs the lead for good at 3-2.

Hunt then put the exclamation point on the game for the Bucs with a towering three-run homerun just inside the left field foul pole.

Faircloth led the Buccaneer attack with a 3-for-4 performance.  Hunt, Quattlebaum, Streett and Woodall each had two hits for the Bucs on the afternoon.

The same two teams will play the series finale tomorrow afternoon at CSU Ballpark. Game time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Reliever Mitch Warner hurled five shutout innings and Gardner-Webb used a four-run fifth inning to spark an 8-2 win over Radford Saturday afternoon at John Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field.

Gardner-Webb (27-21, 9-8 Big South) won its fifth conference game in a row and collected 14 hits in the process.

Warner (6-1) came to the mound with his team trailing 2-1 in the fifth, and went to work on the Highlanders' batters.  The Chambersburg, Pa., freshman scattered three hits and struck out four in a solid appearance.  It was Warner's fourth relief win in the past two weeks.

Gardner-Webb surged in front for good in the bottom of the fifth, collecting five hits to power a four-run rally.

Dusty Quattlebaum provided the big blow, belting a two-run double off the fence in left center to drive home Henry Rundio and Ryan Hodge - then Scott Coleman ripped a single up the middle to drive home Quattlebaum for a 4-2 lead.

A single by John Harris and a walk to Brad Collins loaded the bases, and Adam McFarland's line drive sacrifice fly to center was enough to score Coleman for the 5-2 edge.

Collins hammered a solo home run to the opposite field with one out in the seventh to push the lead to 6-2.  Rundio led off the eighth inning with a double and came around to score on an RBI knock from Hodge for a 7-2 lead.  Hodge then scored from third on an error for the final margin.

Gardner-Webb got a run in the bottom of the first to go on top in its first at bat, but saw Radford (25-20, 10-7 Big South) rally with single runs in the third and fourth to take its first lead of the game.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got a double from Hodge with one out in the first, and Coleman singled through the left side to drive Hodge home for the early lead.  Back-to-back walks with two outs loaded the bases for Gardner-Webb, but Highlanders' starter Tyler Costello got out of the jam with a grounder to first base.

Radford finally got on track in the top of the third, getting an RBI single from Matt Mack to tie the game.  A leadoff double in fourth from Ryan Burgess proved fruitful for the Highlanders, as Daniel Wright lined a single into left to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

The score remained the same until Gardner-Webb's rally in the bottom of the fifth.

Andrew Barnett pitched 4.0 innings and allowed just one earned run in a no decision start for the Runnin' Bulldogs before giving way to Warner's masterful relief effort.

Hodge (3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 runs, RBI), Rundio (2-for-5, 2 runs), Quattlebaum (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI), Coleman (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Benji Jackson (2-for-4) each had multiple hits to power Gardner-Webb's 14-hit attack on offense.

Costello (7-2) was tagged with just his second loss of the season, allowing five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings of work (two strikeouts).  Keith Fritz came on to close out the game, hurling 3.2 innings, scattering five hits and giving up two earned runs.

Radford had 11 hits on the afternoon, with Brett Mollenhauer (2-for-5), Mack (2-for-4, RBI), Burgess (2-for-4) and Wright (2-for-4, RBI) leading that effort.

Gardner-Webb and Radford will play the third game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 pm.

The Presbyterian College baseball team dropped the first game of its series against No. 13 Central Florida on Saturday evening, 8-1.  PC moves to 19-26 on the year. UCF improves to 37-10.

Five different Blue Hose picked up a hit on the night and Billy Motroni drove in a run in the effort.

UCF's D.J. Hicks went 3-for-4 with three RBI.  Ben Lively picked up the win with seven innings of work.

Chad Sanders went a career-long seven innings for PC in relief, allowing three runs and six hits while striking out five, another career-best.

UCF struck for three runs in the first inning on four hits and an error before adding a pair of runs in the second.

The Blue Hose put a pair of runners aboard in the fifth, with Robby Swab reaching third on a Gabe Grammer double.  Two outs ended the scoring chance, however.

PC crossed the plate for a run in the sixth, thanks to an Andrew Williams leadoff triple.  A Motroni groundout brought Williams home and PC trailed by four, 5-1.

The Knights answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame, scoring during a 4-6-3 Blue Hose double play.

Two more UCF runs in the seventh brought the score to its final tally, 8-1.  Hicks and Alex Friedrich each hit an RBI double to extend the Knights' lead.

Sanders limited the home side to one hit in the final two innings but UCF held on for the win.

The two sides meet for the second game of the series on Sunday at 4 p.m.