CHARLESTON, S.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team finished out its weekend in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs dropped a pair of games to the Citadel, falling 7-5 in game one before dropping game two 5-3 at Riley Park.
With the two losses the Blue & White fall to 4-7 on the season while the Citadel improves to 7-5.
Starter Brian Connolly (1-1) took the loss in game one, allowing six runs on six hits in five innings of work, while Tommy Houmard (0-1) was credited with the loss in the second game, giving up five runs on seven hits in three innings on the mound.
Game one saw Billy Creighton go 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and two runs scored, as the senior hit his first home run of the season.
The Citadel took the lead early in the game, posting two runs in the bottom of the second. Asheville would take the lead in the fourth, when Creighton homered with two runners on to put the Bulldogs up 3-2.
The Citadel was quick to answer in the bottom half of the frame, scoring two runs to retake the lead. The Bulldogs tied the game in the fifth on a Todd Joyner single to left, that plated Justin Woods from third, only to see the Citadel scored three in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the top of the ninth, and scored one run when catcher Ian Graham drew a walk, however, Asheville was not able to plate any more runners as they fell by the final of 7-5.
In game two Robert McIntosh was 2-for-4 at the plate, while Hunter Bryant was 1-for-4 with a RBI. Graham drew two walks and posted two runs scored batting in the leadoff spot.
Asheville took the early lead in game two, scored a pair of runs in the top of the first. Bryant hit into a double play with the bases loaded to plate the first run, followed by a passed ball that scored Kyle Towles from third.
A Bryant double to left with a runner on second put the Bulldogs up 3-0 in the top of the third, only to see the Citadel score three runs in the bottom half of the frame.
The Citadel plated two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs attempted a rally in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with two outs, but could not take advantage. Game two was scheduled for seven innings due to travel constraints.
Asheville will be back in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Atlanta, Ga., to take on Georgia State in a two-game series. Tuesday’s matchup is set to begin at 3 p.m. on the campus of the Panthers.