ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team hits the road for two games this week before returning home this weekend for a three-game Big South Conference series with Radford.
The Bulldogs (12-32) play two mid-week road games starting tomorrow at Tennessee, followed by Wednesday’s game at Davidson. Both games will be 6 p.m. starts.
Asheville has not played since a heart-breaking 4-3 loss at Big South leader and nationally-ranked Liberty squad last Sunday (April 27). The Bulldogs led the Flames 3-2 entering the ninth inning before LU scored twice to win.
Asheville lost all three games to the Flames in frustrating fashion. The Dogs either led or were tied in the eighth inning of all three contests.
“We played pretty well at Liberty but just didn’t finish the games,” commented Asheville coach Tom Smith. “We’re playing hard and competing, and we’re going to keep doing that right until the end of the year.
“Exams are done, so hopefully we’ll be relaxed and ready to play,” added Smith. We’ve got a busy week.”
The Bulldogs close the week with the series against the Highlanders starting on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday’s game starts at 5 p.m., followed by Sunday’s finale at 1 p.m.
Freshman outfielder Tanner Bush leads Asheville with a .327 average. Phillip Treadway is next with a .283 average. He is tied for the team lead in RBI’s with 19.
Senior right-hander Ethan Steible (0-5, 4.22 ERA) is scheduled to start against Tennessee. The Volunteers are 28-17 this season.
Wednesday’s opponent Davidson has been the surprise of the Southern Conference this season and has posted a 27-14 record and are 17-5 in the SoCon. Asheville slipped past the Wildcats last month at Greenwood Field, 12-10.