DURHAM, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball opened the 2012 season with a 13-3 victory over home-standing North Carolina Central on Friday afternoon, as the Bulldogs used a nine-run second inning to edge the Eagles at the Durham Athletic Park.
Ryan Dull (1-0) got the start and went four and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out six batters. Asheville improves to 1-0 on the season while NCCU falls to 0-1.
"We're off to a good start," said Asheville skipper Tom Smith. "We put together a big inning with lots of good at bats and Ryan Dull and Brian Connolly pitched really well. We played solid defense but we've still got some work to do."
Senior leftfielder Grant Gajdosz went 4-for-6 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in, while centerfielder Cody Adkins was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Rightfielder Patrick Koontz posted a game-high three RBI, driving in all three runs on a home run in the second.
The Eagles were paced by catcher Carter Williamson, who went 2-for-4 at the dish, driving in a run. Leftfielder Luis Diaz posted two RBI in the fifth on a single for NCCU, which falls to 0-1 on the young season.
Glenn Frye took the loss for the Eagles, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) on six hits in one and two-thirds innings.
The two teams will finish out the three-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. Junior pitcher Drew Spear is set to start game one sophomore hurler Dean Roland will start game two.