BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The UNC Asheville baseball team hits the road this weekend for a first-time three-game series with the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky.


The three-game series begins today at 4 p.m. First pitch on Saturday will be at 3 p.m., followed by the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.


The Bulldogs opened the season on Wednesday with an impressive 7-4 victory at UNC Greensboro. Erik Connolly drove in three runs for the Blue & White and strong pitching from the Bulldogs limited the Spartans to four runs with 10 strikeouts.


Asheville will get a tough test from Western Kentucky (2-2). The Hilltoppers have a great tradition of success and will be one of the teams to beat in the Sunbelt Conference this season.


WKU is coached by former Bulldog head coach Matt Myers. Matt was Asheville’s pitching coach in 2000 before being elevated to the top spot in 2001. He was the Dogs head coach for four years and was the Big South Coach of the Year in 2003.


“We’re excited about playing a new opponent in Western Kentucky and greatly appreciate Coach Myers hosting us this weekend,” stated Asheville head coach Tom Smith. “This will be a tough match-up for us. They’ve always had a good program and we’ll have our work cut out for us.”


The Bulldogs start sophomore right-hander Corey Randall (4-4, 4.40 ERA) today, senior right-hander Ethan Steible (0-2, 16.68 ERA) on Saturday and Dean Roland (2-7, 4.08 ERA) on Sunday.


Roland earned the win on Wednesday with five innings of work against UNCG.


Asheville is at ETSU on Wednesday afternoon before returning home next weekend for its Greenwood Field opener. The Bulldogs will entertain Eastern Kentucky in a three-game series starting on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.


Season-tickets for UNC Asheville baseball can be obtained by calling the Bulldog Ticket Office at 828-258-7900 or on-line at