Asheville, VMI, Radford, Coastal, CSU Win Saturday


Ryan Dull struck out 11 hitters to help lead UNC Asheville to a 2-0 victory over Liberty in Big South Conference baseball action at Greenwood Field Saturday afternoon.

Dull (3-4) scattered seven hits and walked just one as he pitched 7.1 innings.  Brian Connolly worked out of a jam in the eighth inning.  He retired all five hitters he faced to earn his second save of the season.

Dull out-dueled Liberty right-hander John Niggli (7-1) as Asheville won its second Big South Conference series of the season.  The loss was Niggli's first of the year though he pitched very well, allowing seven hits, striking out four and walked four.  He got out of several jams as has induced the Bulldogs to hit into four double-plays.

Cody Buch hit his second home run of the year in the third inning to give the Bulldogs (19-21, 8-9 BSC) the lead for good.

Asheville added another run in the fifth inning.  Eli Miller's two-out, run-scoring double plated Cody Adkins for a 2-0 Bulldog lead.  An excellent Liberty relay from left-fielder Ian Parmley to shortstop Zack Haley to catcher Trey Wimmer was able to get Buch out at the plate to keep the Asheville lead at 2-0.

Dull was able to keep Liberty (31-12, 9-5 Big South) off balance for most of the game, especially when the Flames had runners in scoring position.  Ryan Cordell had a great day at the plate for Liberty as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

In the Liberty fourth inning, Cordell lined a leadoff double down the left field line and moved to third on a ground out by second baseman Bryan Aanderud against Dull.  But Dull struck out the next two batters to strand Cordell.

In the Flames eighth, Liberty threatened with one out and finally got Dull out of the game. Cordell singled for his third hit of the contest.  Aanderud followed with a walk to put runners on first and second, ending the day for Dull.

Connolly came on and was able to get Tyler Cox and Danny Grauer to fly out to end the inning.  He was able to get the Flames out in order in the ninth.

Billy Creighton, Buch and Adkins had two hits for the Bulldogs

The teams will finish up the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Jacob Morley hit a walk-off home run, his 10th long ball of the season, sending the VMI Keydets to a 8-7 win over the Campbell Camels in Big South baseball action Saturday afternoon at Gray-Minor Stadium.  With the victory, VMI wins the series from Campbell, two games to one.

The Camels (32-10, 9-6 Big South) took a 7-6 lead into the eighth, but Matt Winn tied the game with a sacrifice fly.  Moments later, the skies opened up and rain began to fall, the start of a one hour, six minute rain delay.  After the resumption, George Piccirilli popped out to second base with two runners on, sending the game to the ninth tied, 7-7.  John Garrett retired Campbell in order, throwing just four pitches to do so, and Morley hit a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall to start the VMI (13-26, 6-12) ninth and end the ball game.

The home run was the Keydets' first walk-off hit of any sort since March 13, 2010, and gave Morley 10 home runs on the year, the most by a VMI player since that 2010 campaign.  It was his third long ball of the series, after the senior had also gone deep in each of the games during Friday's doubleheader, including the eventual game-winning home run in Saturday's nightcap.

John Garrett picked up his second straight win in relief, moving to 2-2 after retiring the side on just four pitches in the ninth.  David Olson, who surrendered Morley's home run, dropped to 0-1.

For the first time in the series, Campbell jumped on the scoreboard first.  Jimmy Brenneman opened the game by reached on a Stalling error, and was bunted to second base.  One out later, Jake Kirkland singled him home to give the Camels a 1-0 advantage.

The Keydets tied the contest in the bottom half, when Rob Dickinson stroked a leadoff double to right center.  Piccirilli had a bunt single, and one out later, Gary LeClair hit a slow roller to the first baseman.  The ball was fielded and CU first baseman Nick Ray threw home, but Dickinson beat the play at the plate to tie the score, 1-1, on the fielder's choice.

VMI then exploded in the third.  Winn led off the inning with a single, and one out later, Piccirilli and Morley drew back to back walks, two of seven free passes issued by CU hurlers.  Camel starter Andrew Jacobsen then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing a run to score, and after an infield out and a walk re-loaded the bases, Stallings drilled a two-run single through the left side, putting VMI up 4-1.  That knocked Jacobsen out of the game, and Drew Bryan had a two-run single off the reliever, Logan Self, to make it a five-run inning and a 6-1 contest.

The visitors fired back with five runs of their own in the fifth.  Ray and Ben Fish opened the inning with singles, and two batters later, Ben McQuown singled to drive in a run.  Two additional runs scored after an error, and Kirkland greeted reliever Reed Garrett with an RBI double, accounting for the fifth run and tying the score, 6-6.

Campbell then went ahead in the sixth.  Fish led off the inning with a double, and after a infield out, Brenneman singled to left to put CU up, 7-6.

Neither team could score in the seventh, and Michael Devine retired CU in order in the eighth.  Stallings then led off the Keydet eighth with a walk, bringing Camel closer Ryan Mattes out of the bullpen.  Andrew Montague laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Drew Bryan had an infield hit to put runners at the corners.  Winn then lofted a 1-0 pitch to center field for the tying sacrifice fly, setting the stage for the weather delay and Morley's dramatic home run.

Neither starter figured in the decision, as Jacobsen lasted 2 2/3 innings for CU, allowing six runs, all of which were earned, while VMI's Campbell Henkel posted 4 1/3 frames, surrendering six runs, three of which were earned.

Offensively, seven different players had hits for VMI, with Bryan being the lone VMI player with a pair of hits.  Stallings and Morley scored two runs apiece, while Stallings also had two RBI.

Fish and Kirkland were both 2 for 4 for the Camels. 

VMI baseball will return to action Tuesday, as the Keydets travel to Farmville, Va. to take on the Longwood Lancers.  Game time is set for 6 p.m.  The Camels are back in action next Thursday when they travel to former A-Sun rival Lipscomb for a three-games series.

Charleston Southern (16-26, 7-7) scored all seven of their runs in just two innings but that would be enough for the Bucs to come away with a 7-4 Big South victory over Presbyterian (17-22, 5-9) on Saturday afternoon at PC Baseball Complex.

With the game tied at 4-4 in the tenth, CSU sophomore Alex Tomasovich would lead the offense in the right direction with a double into the left field corner to start the inning off PC reliever Michael Ricchi.  Ricchi would then hit Chase Shelton to make it first and second with no outs before giving way to Chad WhiteWalt Quattlebaum would execute a perfect sacrifice bunt up the first base line that moved the runners up 90 feet and forced an intentional walk of Robbie Streett to load the bases.

Both coaches would then use go to their bench as the Bucs brought on pinch hitter Brian Welch and the Blue Hose countered with reliever Chad Sanders.  Welch would get hit by a pitch to break the tie, scoring Tomasovich.  After Sanders induced a flyout for the second out, Buccaneer leadoff man Bobby Ison drew a bases loaded walk that extended the lead to 6-4.  Presbyterian would again go to the bullpen, this time calling on Tim Corbin, but he would issue another bases loaded walk to Harrison Wilkins, giving CSU a 7-4 cushion.

Denis Buckley would come on for his first save of the year, issuing just one walk and striking out one while working the tenth inning.

Corey Deighan (3-2) was the winner in relief for the Bucs.  He went 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run (earned) on four hits while striking out one and issuing one walk.

The loss would be saddled to Ricchi, who threw 1 2/3 innings while giving up two runs (both earned) on one hit.

Presbyterian took the lead 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, when Billy Motroni singled with one out and would move to third on an errant pickoff throw from CSU starter Charlie McCreadyBrad Zebedis followed with a single into left field to score Motroni.

The Blue Hose struck again in the sixth, this time on a Jay Lizanich RBI single to right field that scored Gabe Grammer, who doubled earlier in the inning.

An infield single and RBI would be credited to Grammer in the bottom half of the seventh, scoring Kenny Bryant to make it 3-0.  Bryant doubled earlier in the inning to reach base, one of two doubles on the day for him.

The Buccaneers would fight back with a four run rally in the eighth.  Back-to-back singles from Ison and Wilkins would end the day for Blue Hose starter Chandler Knox, who gave way to Buck Mostellar.  Mosteller would get a flyout for out number one, but then issued a walk to Tomasovich that loaded the bases and brought up Shelton.  Shelton lined a single into left center field, scoring Ison and Wilkins and bringing the Bucs to within 3-2.

Quattlebaum would follow with a double that scored Tomasovich to tie the game 3-3 and end Mostellar's afternoon.  Ricchi came on to allow a sacrifice fly off the bat of Streett to break the tie as Shelton crossed home plate and gave CSU a 4-3 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, trailing 4-3, PC answered as Grammer came thru with a one out single that tied the game, sending it into extra frames.

McCready went 6 1/3 for the Bucs in getting the start.  The left-hander allowed three runs (two earned) on 12 hits and struck out four.

Knox tossed seven innings for PC allowing two runs (both earned) on six hits.  He walked two and struck out five.

The Blue Hose offensive attack was led by Motroni, Zebedis, Bryant and Grammer, who all had three hits each.

Streett and Shelton both collected two hits each to pace Charleston Southern at the plate. Shelton also had two RBI.  Streett extended his hitting streak to 10 games in the ball game, the second longest hitting streak this season for CSU.

The Bucs and Blue Hose will tangle tomorrow in game three of the series.  Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the PC Baseball Complex.

Mark Peterson pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, Radford's offense rapped out 14 hits and the Highlanders rolled past Winthrop 9-0 on Saturday to clinch a Big South series win.

Five batters had multiple hits for Radford (23-16, 8-4 Big South).  Brett Mollenhauer, Jeff Kemp and Westyn Baylor knocked in two runs each.

Peterson only faced one threat from the Eagles - a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the first inning.  He allowed a hit and walked two to fill the bases, but was smooth the rest of the way - Peterson allowed just four base runners from the second inning on.  He struck out six, walked three and gave up four hits to earn his third win (3-1).

The Highlanders put runs on the board in each of the first five innings.  Radford scored two in the first - Kemp hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Zach Costello, and Matt Hillsinger's ground ball to the right side scored Mollenhauer.

In the fourth Costello led off the inning with a double, setting up Kemp's RBI single to put Radford up 5-0.  Kemp stole second and went to third on the errant throw down before coming home on Hillsinger's single, extending the lead to six runs.  The Highlanders loaded the bases, then added another run on Baylor's pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

Four players had a hit each for Winthrop.  Tyler Klitsch took the loss (2-4), allowing six earned runs on 11 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Radford travels to Virginia for a 6 p.m. game on Tuesday night.  Winthrop hosts Wake Forest at home on Tuesday.

Daniel Bowman tied another record, Rich Witten was 5-for-8 in two games and Tucker Frawley was 3-for-4 with a game-winning RBI to lead Coastal Carolina to a Saturday doubleheader sweep over High Point, winning game one 9-7 and game two 17-7 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field.

The Chanticleers, who are in first place in the Big South after winning each of their first four league series, improves to 26-13, 9-3 in the conference, while the Panthers fall to 23-20, 8-7.

Bowman, already the CCU all-time RBI leader, hit a two run triple in game two.  He moved to fourth on the Big South's all-time RBI list with 191.  Also, he moves into a tie for the CCU all-time lead for total bases with 473, ranking fifth in league history, while his 11 career triples ranks third (tied) on the CCU career list and 11th (tied) on the Big South career list.

Witten finished the day with five hits, the most by any player Saturday, and drove in three along with Bowman, Sloan Gilliam, Ted Blackman and Justin Creel.

In game one after High Point hit a grand slam to tie the game at 7-7 in the top of the seven, Frawley delivered a RBI single in the bottom of the inning to plate Bowman and CCU would go on to win 9-7.

For High Point in the doubleheader, Ryne Rush went 4-for-10 and drove in four, while Ryan Retz had five RBI, thanks to a grand slam.

In game one, as it did Friday, High Point jumped out to an early lead.  Sean Wilson was hit by a pitch to start the game and Willie Medina lined an RBI double down the left field line.  Rush followed with a single to put runners on the corners.  Retz made it three consecutive hits with a soft liner to right field, driving in Medina on the play.  A wild pitch put runners on second and third with Devin Bujnovsky grounding out to score Retz for a 3-0 lead.

From that point, CCU starter Tyler Herb settled down and put up five consecutive zeroes.  In the meantime, Coastal would score seven unanswered.

Coastal got on the scoreboard, scoring twice in the bottom of the third.  Gilliam reached on an error to start the home half.  After a wild pitch and ground out, Gilliam moved to third. Brian Pruett was hit by a pitch and Jacob May followed with an RBI single through the right side of the infield.  Keith Picconi would load the bases after being hit by a pitch.  Bowman delivered an RBI single through the left side of the infield.  High Point starter Matt Armstead limited the damage by inducing an inning-ending double play.

The Chanticleers took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the fourth.  Witten and Frawley had singles and Gilliam laid down a perfect bunt for a single.  A throwing error on the play allowed both Witten and Frawley to score, while Gilliam advanced to third.  Creel drove in Gilliam with an RBI ground out, putting CCU up 5-3.

Coastal padded its advantage in the fifth, scoring twice for a 7-3 lead.  With two out, Alex Buccilli singled to center.  He would advance to third on a failed pickoff attempt and score on Witten's RBI single to left field.  Witten took second on a fielding error on the play, moved to third on a Frawley single and scored on a wild pitch.

After putting up five zeros from the second through sixth innings, Coastal Carolina turned to the bullpen.  Woody Nisbet walked the first two batters and was lifted for Ben Smith. After a sacrifice bunt, Smith loaded the bases with a walk.  Smith would then get a strikeout, but Retz lined the first pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at 7-7 with his first career grand slam.

Coastal regained the lead with two runs (9-7) in the bottom of the seventh.  Bowman had a leadoff single and Buccilli hit a Texas League double down the left field line.  After an out, Frawley drove in Bowman and put runners on third and first with a single to left.  Pinch hitter Blackman laid down a perfect bunt single, plating Buccilli.

Ryan Connolly worked a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.  He now has 95 career appearances to rank third on the school's all-time list.  Smith, despite giving up the grand slam, earned the win, improving to 2-1.  He allowed the one hit and two walks with five strikeouts, striking out the side in the eighth.  Herb would allow five hits (three coming in the first inning) and the three runs in the first over six innings with three walks and five strikeouts.

Kyle Wigmore suffered the loss (0-2). He allowed three hits and two runs over 1.1 innings.

In game two, Coastal scored first for the first time in the series.  Buccilli and Witten had back-to-back singles.  On Witten's hit, the throw to third was errant and Buccilli advanced home for a 1-0 CCU lead.

Coastal pushed its lead to 7-0 in the third.  After May reached on an error and Blackman singled, Bowman delivered a two-run triple.  Buccilli followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home Bowman.  Coastal then opened up the game with four straight hits.  Witten and Gilliam singled and both scored on a two-run double by Creel.  Suseck and Creel traded places with an RBI double by Suseck, capping a six-run inning.

High Point responded in the top of the fourth.  Medina had an infield single and Rush cleared the bases with a two-run home run, his first round tripper of the season to make the score 7-2.

Coastal got one of those runs back in the fifth.  Buccilli had a leadoff single and scored two batters later on Gilliam's RBI single to center field.

The Chants added six runs in the sixth for a 14-2 lead thanks to six walks in the inning - three forcing in runs with the bases loaded.  Pruett had a leadoff double and May reached on a bunt single.  Blackman brought the two home with a double down the left field line.

Two walks loaded the bases and Witten picked up an easy RBI with a walk.  A fourth straight walk, this one to Gilliam, scored Coastal's 12th run.  Suseck reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Buccilli.  Tripp Martin walked to re-load the bases and Adam Eggnatz followed with an RBI walk.

The Panthers kept battling.  Josh Spano had a leadoff single and, two batters later, Zach Tessier doubled to right center field, driving in Spano to make the score 14-3.  However, Coastal tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to go up 17-3.  Luke Willis was hit by a pitch and scored on Witten's double.  Gilliam followed with an RBI double and would eventually score on Keith Picconi's sacrifice fly.

In the ninth, Coastal gave up four runs to make the back-to-back doubles by Spano and Stephen Wytiaz led to two more runs, the second coming on a John Siciliano ground out. Then, with two out, Wilson walked and Andrew Bartlett singled with both scoring on a two-run double by Rush for a 17-7 final.

Austin Wallace (3-0) got the win for Coastal in game two.  He pitched six innings and gave up three hits, one being a two-run home run, with one walk and a career-high seven strikeouts.  Jacob Newberry suffered the loss (3-4).  He would only pitch 2.2 innings before leaving the game with an injury, taking a line drive off his right shin.  He allowed seven hits and six runs, just one being earned, with a strikeout.

Coastal Carolina will hit the road for a four-game road trip, playing at Clemson and at Liberty.  The Clemson game is Tuesday (April 24) at 6:30 pm and will be available on ESPN3.  High Point will play at Appalachian State on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

UAB used the long ball again to stake itself to an early lead over Gardner-Webb, and scored three runs in the seventh to pull away for a 5-1 win Saturday afternoon.

The Blazers (23-17) got a solo home run from Patrick Palmeiro in the second inning and another solo shot from Ivan De Jesus in the third to go up 2-0.  Gardner-Webb starter Beau Hilton settled down from there, allowing the Runnin' Bulldogs (20-20) to cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth inning.

Dusty Quattlebaum singled up the middle with one out, stole second base with two outs in the inning, and scored on Scott Coleman's single through the left side.  UAB starter Ben Bullard stranded the tying run on base, however, and after a scoreless bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, the Blazers pulled away for good.

UAB took advantage of an error to go up 3-1, drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 4-1 and scored the final run of the day on a sacrifice fly from Michael Busby.

Gardner-Webb stranded a pair of runners in the eighth and another in the ninth, with UAB reliever Ryan Nance scattering three hits over 3.0 innings for his seventh save of the season.

Bullard (4-4) picked up the win, striking out 10 and allowing just one run on six hits in 6.0 innings pitched.  Hilton (4-2) dropped his second decision in a row, allowing four runs on five hits in 6.1 innings (three strikeouts).

The Runnin' Bulldogs out-hit the Blazers 9-7, with Quattlebaum (2-for-4, run), John Harris (2-for-4) and Danny Yelverton (2-for-4) leading that attack.

UAB was paced by De Jesus (2-for-4, HR, RBI) and Palmeiro (2-for-3, HR, RBI) at the plate.

The two teams will wrap up the series at 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.