HIGH POINT, N.C. – With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning High Point was able to plate a runner from third on wild pitch to earn a 5-4 victory in game one of a Big South Conference doubleheader between the Panthers and UNC Asheville.
With the setback the Bulldogs fall to 13-39 on the season with a 4-21 record in league play while HPU improves to 30-20 overall and 17-9 in the Big South.
First baseman Hunter Bryant extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs batted in from the cleanup spot. Leftfielder Tommy Houmard was also 3-for-5 with one RBI, with four other Bulldogs collecting two hits apiece.
Elliot Criss (1-1) was saddled with the loss in relief, entering the game in the ninth and issuing a walk, giving up a single and then throwing a wild pitch which allowed the go-ahead run to score. Joe Zayatz pitched eight innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts in the no-decision.
Asheville outhit the Panthers 15-to-11 with neither team committing an error and a total of three walks combined between the two teams.
Cody Manzella went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Panthers with an RBI while teammate Chris Clare was 2-for-3 with one run batted in.
Reliever John Maloney picked up the win for HPU, allowing one run on three hits with one strikeout in one inning of work to improve to 3-3 on the season.
The two teams will close out the regular season approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of this game.