ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball team split a doubleheader with Saint Peter's College on Saturday afternoon, taking game one 3-0 before falling in game two 3-1 at Greenwood Field in the first two games of a four-game series.
The two teams will finish out the series tomorrow, with a pair of seven inning games beginning at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs move to 4-2 on the season, while SPC (1-4) picked up its first win of the season.
In game one senior second baseman Jordan Lurie went 2-for-2 at the plate, with fellow senior Patrick Koontz going 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Starting pitcher Ryan Dull (2-0) picked up the win pitching seven complete innings, allowing only three hits and striking out 10 batters.
Zack Hopf took the loss for the Peacocks, falling to 0-2 on the year. Hopf allowed three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts.
The two teams posted five scoreless innings before Asheville was able to plate three runs in the sixth. Grant Gajdosz drove in the games first run, plating Lurie from second base on a fielder's choice. A Koontz triple followed by an Ian Graham single scored two more runs for the Bulldogs, giving the Blue & White a pair of insurance runs.
The Peacocks would threaten in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. But Dull would be able force a fly out to end the game.
In game two Saint Peter's got on the board in the first, scoring on an error by Asheville. Russ Stupienski drove in another run for the Peacocks in top of the third, singling up the middle to drive in a runner from second.
Asheville cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a Kyle Weston sacrifice fly to center to drive in a run.
However, Saint Peter's would add an insurance run in the top of the seventh and would hold the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way.
Drew Spear took the loss for Asheville, falling to 1-1 on the year. Matthew Yuhas was credited with the win for the Peacocks, improving to 1-1 with the victory.