ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team begins a three-game Big South Conference series on Friday when the Bulldogs welcome Presbyterian College to Greenwood Field starting at 3 p.m. The teams will play Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by the finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Today’s game will be video-streamed and can be seen at www.uncabulldogs.com for a small fee.
Asheville (11-24, 1-8 BSC) looks to move up in the league standings when the Bulldogs host the Blue Hose (18-16, 5-4 BSC).
The Blue & White are coming off an 8-5 win over Wofford on Wednesday night. PC lost at Clemson, 5-4 on Wednesday.
Senior catcher Ian Graham leads Asheville in hitting with a .367 average. He was named National Hitter of the Week on Tuesday and Big South Player of the Week on Monday.
The Bulldogs are expected to start left-hander Lucas Clarke (1-2, 4.50 ERA) on Friday.
“We need to start winning some conference games,” commented Asheville coach Tom Smith. “We’ve been swept in our last two series’, and we’ve got to start making up some ground.
“It won’t be easy this weekend,” added Smith. “Presbyterian has a good ballclub and hits the ball pretty well. We’ve had our troubles with them the past few years.”
The Blue Hose have won five of the last six meetings between the teams, including a sweep at McCormick Field two years ago.
“We’re playing a little better right now, and I liked what I saw at Wofford Wednesday night,” declared Smith. “We were down 3-1 and rallied to take the lead. Our bullpen did a great job shutting them down the rest of the game. We’re going to need that kind of pitching the rest of the year.”
UNC Asheville is just 1-5 against Presbyterian College in Asheville.
The Bulldogs have lost six straight BSC games as they were swept against Campbell and at Charleston Southern.
Asheville has had at least 10 hits in six straight games.
Today’s game starts the longest homestand of the year for the Bulldogs. Asheville will play its next eight games at Greenwood Field.
The Bulldogs are 3-3 in one-run games this season.
Todd Joyner leads Asheville in hitting in league games with a .375 average.
Ian Graham has reached base in 33 straight games.