SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Trailing 3-1 heading into the sixth inning against Wofford College, the UNC Asheville baseball team exploded for seven runs in the frame, en route to an 8-5 victory over the Terriers on Wednesday evening at King Field.
“We really got a good start from Corey Randall, and then the bullpen didn’t give up a hit over the final three innings,” said Asheville skipper Tom Smith. “In the big inning we scored all those runs with two outs. There was a little bit of luck involved then everybody just did their job.”
The Bulldogs tied the game in the sixth when Phillip Treadway doubled with two on and two out to clear the base pads. That double was followed by two Bulldog walks, singles by Tommy Houmard and Robert McIntosh and then a double by Todd Joyner.
With the victory the Blue & White improve to 11-24 overall, and 2-0 against Wofford this season with one more game against the Terriers this season on April 24. Wofford falls to 13-22 with the setback.
Randall got the start for the Bulldogs and went six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits to improve to 3-3 on the season. Relievers Nick Schavone and Scott Robinson combined to pitch two shutout innings, and then Dean Roland closed out the contest to pick up his first save of the season.
Houmard and McIntosh each went 2-for-5 for the Bulldogs, with McIntosh driving in two runs and Houmard posting one RBI. Treadway was 1-for-4, but provided the Blue & White with the spark they needed with the double.
Reigning Big South Player of the Week and NCBWA National Hitter of the Week Ian Graham led off the game with a double, and then went on to score two runs and draw two walks in the contest.
The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits in the contest, with all but one Asheville batter recording a hit.
Wofford starter Tanner Hawley went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Will Stillman (0-1) gave up three runs on one hit, and was credited with the loss.
The Bulldogs will host Big South foe Presbyterian College this weekend in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. at Greenwood Field on the campus of UNC Asheville.