ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Down 6-4 heading into the top of the ninth, the High Point baseball team rallied for three runs in the frame to earn a 7-6 victory over UNC Asheville on Monday afternoon, as the Panthers complete the three-game sweep of the Bulldogs in Big South Conference play.
The Panthers tied the game on a Spencer Angelis sacrifice fly to centerfield, and then took the lead on a wild pitch by the Bulldogs.
With the victory HPU improves to 22-20 on the year with a 9-6 mark in league play. Asheville drops to 13-29 overall and 2-13 in the Big South.
The Panthers got on the board first in the top of the second, scoring on a Dane McDermott ground out to plate a runner. The Blue & White answered in the bottom of the third, scoring a run on a Robert McIntosh single up the middle.
HPU broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth inning when pinch hitter Stephen Wytiaz doubled to right with a runner on second to put the Panthers up 2-1, and then Cody Manzella singled to center to drive in Wytiaz.
Asheville rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh, with Tommy Houmard, Billy Creighton, Hunter Bryant and Phillip Treadway each driving in a RBI. After seven the Bulldogs led 6-3.
High Point posted a run in the eighth when Angelis scored on a wild pitch, and then posted three more in the ninth to go up 7-6.
The Bulldogs went down in order in the bottom of the frame, ending the game on a ground out to second.
Houmard was 3-for-5 for the Bulldogs with an RBI, while Treadway was 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Creighton entered the game in relief in the ninth and allowed two runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning, and was credited with the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year.
Senior Dillon Tabar got the start and went seven innings for the Bulldogs, giving up four runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Sean Townsley picked up the win in relief for the Panthers to improve to 4-2 on the season. Townsley shutout Asheville over 2.1 innings, not allowing a baserunner while striking out three batters.
Asheville will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, when the Bulldogs host Wofford in a midweek game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. between the two, with the Blue & White looking to complete the season sweep of the Terriers. The Bulldogs earned a 7-5 win over Wofford on March 12 and then won an 8-5 decision on April 10.