ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Another strong outing for EKU's starting pitcher and some timely hitting helped lift the Colonels to a 5-2 victory over UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
EKU's Tannner Perkins gave up two runs on five hits over seven inning to help the Colonels improve to 3-6 on the season. Asheville drops to 1-6 overall and have lost six conscutive games since opening the season with a 7-4 win over UNCG.
The Colonels took the lead in the second when Ben Fisher singled with the bases loaded to put EKU up 2-0. Asheville tied the game in the sixth, scoring on a sacrifice fly to left by Phillip Treadway and a wild pitch by Perkins to even the score at two runs apiece.
EKU answered in the seventh with a pair of runs, scoring two on a single by leftfielder Shea Sullivan with runners at second and third. The Colonels added an insurance run in the eighth when Luke Wurzelbacher scored from first after teammate Kyle Nowlin got caught in a rundown heading for home. The Bulldogs got Nowlin out on the play but tried to get Wurzelbacher as he headed to second and threw the ball away.
Sullivan was 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot with two runs batted in from the leadoff spot, while Wurzelbacher was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Reliever Cameron Langfels pitched a shutout eighth followed by Cody Creamer who pitched a shutout ninth to pick up his second save of the weekend.
Treadway had the Bulldogs only RBI for the second day in a row, as he went 1-for-3 at the late. Second baseman Kyle Towles saw his nine game hit streak come to an end, going 0-for-4 from the leadoff spot.
Joe Zayatz made his first home start wearing the Blue & White and gave up two runs (none earned) on three hits in four innings of work. Reliever Corey Randall was credited with the lost, allowing two runs on four hits over three innings.
The two teams will close out the series tomorrow at Greenwood beginning at 1 p.m.