Bulldogs Drop Road Contest To Tennessee, 14-6
As a team the Bulldogs tallied 14 hits in the game, compared to 16 for UT. However, Asheville could not string enough of those hits together to stay close on the scoreboard. Robert McIntosh led the Blue & White offensively, going 4-four-4 at the plate with three doubles and a walk.
The Bulldogs fall to 9-15 on the season with starting pitcher Drew Spear taking the loss. Spear (0-3) allowed six runs (three earned) on five hits in two innings of work.
Tennessee improves to 19-6 on the year with Carter Watson (5-1) picking up the victory in relief.
Asheville drew first blood in the top of the first when Grant Gajdosz singled to left to drive in McIntosh from second base. The Vols would answer in the bottom of the frame with three runs, highlighted by a Zach Osborne triple, to take a 3-1 lead into the second.
Jordan Lurie hit an RBI single to cut the lead to a run in the top of the second only to have UT score three more to push its lead to 6-2, with Josh Liles driving in two of those runs on a double to right-center. The Vols scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 9-2 lead heading into the sixth.
Tennessee would plate five runs over the sixth and seventh innings to take a commanding 14-2 lead heading into the eighth. Asheville would rally for four runs on six hits in the top of the eighth and had the bases loaded for Nick Collazo, who sent a charge into the stands with a long fly ball to right. However, UT’s Chris Pierce caught the ball at the wall to put an end to Asheville’s rally.
The Bulldogs will next be in action this weekend when they travel to Charleston Southern for a three-game, Big South Conference series.