ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team will play its only game at McCormick Field Tuesday night when the Bulldogs host Wake Forest starting at 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s game will be the final home game of the season for Asheville as the Bulldogs look for another win against a major opponent. Last week, Tom Smith’s club knocked off Tennessee in Knoxville, 7-5.
The game with Wake Forest will be televised locally by WMYA (MY-40) and can also be seen on the Big South Digital Network under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Tickets are $5 and can be obtained at the gate or at uncabulldogs.com/tickets.
The Bulldogs (13-36) enjoyed a great win against Tennessee last week but had a frustrating weekend at home against BSC opponent Radford. Asheville lost all three games to the Highlanders, 12-6 on Friday, 4-2 in 10 innings on Saturday and 11-6 on Sunday. The Dogs led in the ninth inning of Friday and Saturday’s game before allowing RU to rally for the win.
“We played some pretty good baseball this weekend against a very good Radford club,” commented Asheville head coach Tom Smith. “But we just didn’t close the games out. It’s a shame because we got some great starting pitching and hit the ball pretty well against Radford’s pitching.”
Smith and his team look forward to Tuesday’s game at McCormick. This will be Asheville game to fight childhood cancer. The Bulldogs raised more than $12,000 last year and hoping to raise more this season. Asheville has joined up with the Vs. Cancer Foundation with half the proceeds going to Mission Children Hospital and other half benefiting national childhood cancer research.
The team will auction off uniforms from the game to help raise money. The Asheville Tourists are donating one dollar from every beer sale on Tuesday to help fight childhood cancer.
“We always enjoying playing at McCormick Field and had a lot of fun with this game last year,” stated Smith. “Our guys have really gotten behind this project and are looking forward to the game.”
All fans willing to shave their heads will get into the game for free. The Bulldogs will shave their heads after Tuesday’s game as the staff of Carolina College of Hair and Design will take on the hair-cutting duties.
This is Wake Forest’s first game at McCormick Field since the 1989 season. The Demon Deacons of the ACC have a 26-24 overall record and are 12-14 in league play. Wake Forest has picked up some great wins throughout the year, including a three-game sweep at Notre Dame plus wins over Georgia Tech, UNC Chapel Hill and Florida State.
“We’re delighted to welcome Wake Forest to Asheville,” added Smith. “We appreciate them making time in their schedule to come play us on the road.”
Wake Forest has dominated the series overall with a 22-5-1 advantage but the Bulldogs have had some good moments when the teams have squared off. Asheville’s last win was a 12-6 victory in Winston-Salem during the 2008 season. The teams played last in 2012 with Wake edging the Dogs, 9-8.