ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. the UNC Asheville baseball team will host Big East Conference foe Temple in a three game series at Greenwood Field, as the Bulldogs will look to snap a four-game winless streak against the Owls.
Asheville enters the contest with an overall record of 4-9, with a 2-2 mark in home games this season. The Bulldogs are coming off of a pair of losses at Georgia State, as the Blue & White was unsuccessful in picking up their first road victory of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Temple enters the contest with a record of 2-6, and is 1-3 in away games. The Owls are being led offensively by Nick Lustrino, who is batting .500 in eight starts this season. Not to be overlooked is Derek Peterson, whose 10 runs batted in leads the team despite a .281 batting average.
Junior hurler Dean Roland is scheduled to make the start for the Bulldogs tomorrow, as the West Chester, Pa., native will look to pick up his first victory of the season. Roland is currently 0-3 on the young season, but has faced some stiff competition early on. His 12 strikeouts on the year leads Asheville.
Newcomer Kyle Towles has made a name for himself offensively and defensively for the Bulldogs, recording a team best .409 batting average and a team-high 18 hits. He’s also recorded a .926 fielding percentage in 13 starts at second base.
Patrick Peterson is slated to start for Temple, as he will look for his first victory of the season. Peterson’s gone 0-2 in two starts this year, allowing only seven runs on 11 hits with a team-best 11 K’s in 2013.
Game two is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by game three on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are available online by visiting UNCABulldogs.com, or by phone at 828/258-7900.