BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team earned a 7-6 victory over the Runnin’ Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb on Friday evening, scoring the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning, as the Blue & White took game one of the three-game series between the two Big South Conference foes.
Centerfielder Phillip Treadway scored the game-winning run for the Bulldogs, reaching home after an error by GWU’s centerfielder on a single by leftfielder Eli Miller. With the win Asheville improves to 15-29 overall, and 3-13 in conference play while the Runnin’ Bulldogs fall to 21-21-1 and 7-9 in the Big South.
Billy Creighton (2-3) started the game at designated hitter, but moved to pitcher in the eighth and pitched the final 5.2 innings to pick up the win. Creighton allowed two hits and struck out a season-high seven batters in the victory, not allowing a runner past second base. Creighton also homered in the contest.
Miller was 4-for-4 for the Bulldogs, with a run batted in and a run scored. Rightfielder Todd Joyner went 2-for-5 with two RBI while Treadway accounted for two runs scored.
GWU’s Conner Scarborough was credited with the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.1 innings of work to fall to 1-6 on the year.
Corey Randall got the start for the Bulldogs, and tossed seven strong innings. Randall allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in the no-decision.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs jumped to the early lead, plating three runners in the first and second innings. Asheville finally got on the board in the sixth, when Robert McIntosh singled to left with the bases loaded, followed by a Joyner single that also plated a runner.
After GWU increased their lead to 4-2 on a solo homer by Brad Collins in the bottom of the sixth, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. Asheville scored runs on Creighton’s solo shot to center, a RBI single by Miller and a bases loaded walk by Joyner.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs retook the lead in the bottom of the eight, scoring a pair of runs to go up 6-5. Asheville tied the game in the ninth on a Tommy Houmard single to third to keep the Bulldogs alive.
Neither team would scratch off a run in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings, before Treadway came home on the E8.
Due to inclement weather expected in the Boiling Springs area on Sunday, the two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.