HIGH POINT, N.C. – Playing in its final game of the 2014 season the UNC Asheville baseball team dropped a 9-2 decision to Big South Conference foe High Point on Saturday afternoon at Williard Stadium.
With the victory the Panthers sweep the series and today’s doubleheader to improve to 31-20 overall and 18-9 in league play. HPU will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Big South Conference Championship next week.
Asheville finishes the year with an overall record of 13-40 and 4-22 in league play.
Leftfielder Tommy Houmard and second baseman Kyle Towles each went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Bulldogs, as each drove in a run. The Blue & White tallied eight hits on the day, but could not string them together to keep pace with High Point.
Brian Connolly got the start and was credited with the loss for Asheville, allowing three runs on six hits in four innings of work. Connolly falls to 2-4 on the season with the setback.
Four different Panthers tallied two hits on the day, with third baseman Kyle Brandenburg tallying two RBI for HPU. The Panthers tallied a total of 13 hits to go along with two walks and two Bulldog errors.
Jon Carlson was picked up the win in a relief appearance to improve to 2-2 on the season. Carlson allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk in four innings pitched. Andre Scrubb got the start for High Point and allowed one run in four innings with four walks and two strikeouts.
The 13 wins by the Bulldogs are the fewest in the Tom Smith era and are the fewest for Asheville since the 2009 season. The Bulldogs went 9-42 that season with a 5-21 mark in Big South play.
The season also marks the second year in a row that the Bulldogs have missed qualifying for the Big South Conference Baseball Championship after making it in 2011 and 2012. Smith’s Bulldogs set the record for school wins in 2012 with 25.