CHARLESTON, S.C. – In the first game of the Charleston Crab House Shootout presented by Homewood Suites the UNC Asheville baseball team fell to VCU, 12-1, at Joe Riley Park on Friday afternoon.

“We’re a little disappointed with our performance early in the game,” said Asheville head coach Tom Smith. “We battled back in the middle innings but let it get away from us at the end, leaving 12 runners on base. But we’ll get back at it and play better tomorrow.” 

With the setback the Bulldogs fall to 3-5 on the year, while the Rams improve to 6-0 on the season.

Starter Dean Roland (0-3) was credited with the loss for the Blue & White, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits, striking out four and walking one in six inning of work. Ethan Steible and Even Joura closed out the game for the Bulldogs, combining to give up seven runs on seven hits. 

The Bulldogs also committed three errors defensively.

Sophomore first baseman Hunter Bryant went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run batted in, while second baseman Kyle Towles kept up his hot start to the season, going 2-for-5. Catcher Ian Graham went 1-for-2, drawing three walks in the contest.

Rams’ starter Heath Dwyer pitched six strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits, with four K’s and a pair of walks. Dwyer improves to 3-0 on the season with the victory.

Catcher Chris Ayers went 3-for-4 offensively, driving in three RBI. Rightfielder Landon Prentiss was 2-for-4 with three RBI, while third baseman Joey Cujas was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBI.

The Bulldogs will face off against Pitt tomorrow, as a part of the Charleston Shootout, with first pitch set for noon.