WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Kevin Mattison, Elliott Arrington, and Danny Baatz each had two hits as UNC Asheville defeated Wake Forest 12-6 on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs (12-13) opened the game with a four run first inning and never trailed on way to their first victory over Wake Forest (11-10) since 1998.
Mattison was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and Kevin Wiedenbacher extended his hit streak to 20 straight games with a single. Arrington delivered a RBI single and then advanced to third on a failed pick-off attempt that allowed Wiedenbacher to score. Arrington scored on a wild pitch to make the score 3-0. Brett Robinson scored on a fielder’s choice to finish the scoring in the first.
Wake Forest pulled to within 4-3 with three runs in the second highlighted by a two-run double by Tyler Smith.
Reed Kreiser and Robinson each walked to lead off the third inning. Baatz delivered a two -RBI double to push the Asheville lead to 6-3.
Allan Dykstra hit his seventh home run of the year to lead off the bottom of the third. Asheville answered with a run in the top of the fourth. Mattison singled to lead off, stole second, and was balked to third. Arrington had a sacrifice fly to score Mattison and move the score to 7-4.
Wake pulled to within one run for the second time in the game with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Smith led off with his second double of the game. Ben Terry was hit by a pitch and both runners moved to second and third on a balk. A ground out scored Smith and Terry crossed the plate on a RBI single by Evan Ocheltree.
Chris Brookey (1-0) entered the game in the bottom of the fifth for Asheville and shut down the Deacon bats throwing four innings allowing just two hits and striking out five batters on his way to his first win of the season.
The Bulldogs added three insurance runs in the sixth. Freeman was hit by a pitch in front of a walk to Mattison. A wild pitch moved runners to second and third and a walk to Arrington loaded the bases. Kreiser drew a walk to plate Freeman and Robinson delivered a two-RBI single to make the score 10-6.
It stayed that way until the ninth when Asheville plated two more runs. Baatz single went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by Freeman. Freeman then stole second base and scored on a single by Mattison to close out the scoring.
Alan DeRatt came on in the ninth and struck out the side to secure the win. Mark Adzick took the loss for Wake Forest falling to 0-1.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday night. Asheville will host Western Carolina in a 7 p.m. game at McCormick Field. That game will be video streamed on uncabulldogs.com and bigsouthsports.com. Wake Forest will travel to Charlotte for a 6 p.m. game.