ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team dropped its home opener to Eastern Kentucky on Friday afternoon, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Colonels at Greenwood Field.

With the setback the Bulldogs drop to 1-5 on the season, while EKU improves to 2-6.

The Colonels got a strong outing from starter Brent Cobb, who gave up one run on three hits with three strikeouts in seven innings of work. Closer Cody Creamer picked up his first save of the season, tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

As a pitching staff EKU allowed only four Bulldog hits.

Second baseman Kyle Towles went 1-for-3 from the leadoff spot recording a double in the third, as he extended his hit streak to nine games dating back to last season. Centerfielder Phillip Treadway went 1-for-3, scoring Asheville’s only run on a balk in the fifth.

Lucas Clarke was credited with the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up three runs on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Ethan Steible finished the game for Asheville, throwing 4.1 shutout innings.

Leadoff batter Kyle Nowlin went 2-for-5 for the Colonels while teammate Shea Sullivan went 2-for-3. Second baseman Kenny Hostrander had the game’s only RBI, earning a bases loaded walk in the first.

The two teams will continue the three game series tomorrow, with first pitch set for 2 p.m.