ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team suffered a 20-9 setback to regional-rival East Tennessee State on Wednesday afternoon at Greenwood Field, as the Bulldogs allowed a season-high 21 hits to the Bucs while also committing a season-high four errors in the contest.
“I’m disappointed in how we played today,” said UNC Asheville head coach Tom Smith. “We didn’t pitch particularly well today and made some mental mistakes. After winning a couple of big games over the past week, we needed to come out with more energy and enthusiasm.”
With the loss the Blue & White fall to 7-11 on the season, while ETSU improves to 10-4 overall.
Centerfielder Phillip Treadway went 2-for-4 on the day, with two runs batted in and a run scored, with leftfielder Andrew Kirkland, shortstop Eli Miller and third baseman Justin Woods each chipping in two RBI to the Bulldogs’ total.
Sophomore hurler Justin Hunt was credited with the loss in relief, falling to 0-1 on the season. Hunt allowed four runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings.
ETSU’s leadoff batter Jeremy Taylor went 5-for-6 at the plate, driving in four RBI and scoring four runs. Leftfielder Dylan Tritsch and designated hitter Clinton Freeman each chipped in three RBI for the Bucs, with Freeman collecting four hits in the game.
Logan Rice picked up the victory in relief to improve to 1-0, giving up three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday afternoon, when they begin Big South Conference play with a three-game series against league newcomer Longwood. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. in Farmville, Va.