ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball team swept a doubleheader with Saint Peter's College on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 7-3 before earning a 4-3 win in game two, in a pair of seven inning contests at Greenwood Field.
Freshman first baseman Hunter Bryant went 3-for-6 at the plate on the day, with two runs batted in and a run scored. Cody Buch and Billy Creighton each collected two hits for the Bulldogs, with Buch scoring two runs for the Blue & White.
Asheville improves to 6-2 on the year with the two victories while the Peacocks fall to 1-6 on the young season.
Dean Roland (2-0) earned the victory in game one, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Ethan Steible picked up the first save of his career, tossing two shutout innings. Brian Connolly (1-0) was credited with the win in game two, giving up only three runs (two earned) in six innings, striking out three Peacocks. Elliot Criss earned the save in game two.
Dom Macaluso took the loss in game one for Saint Peter's, allowing six runs (four earned) in three innings of work. Matt Mancini was on the hook for the loss in game two, allowing four runs (two earned) in five and a third innings.
Asheville will be back in action this Tuesday, when the Bulldogs hit the road to take on Wake Forest out of the Atlantic Coast Conference in a midweek game. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Game one saw the Peacocks take an early lead in the top of the first, scoring a pair of runs on two bases loaded walks by Roland. However, the Bulldogs would answer in the bottom half of the frame, plating five runs highlighted by an Ian Graham two-RBI single with the bases loaded. After the first inning the Blue & White led 5-2.
The Bulldogs scored in the third on a Bryant single down the rightfield line to go up 6-2, but the Peacocks would get a run in the fourth, scoring on an Asheville error. Grant Gajdosz would give the Bulldogs an insurance run in the sixth, scoring Jordan Lurie from third on a sacrifice fly.
Asheville would take game one, 7-3.
In game two the Peacocks would once again take an early lead, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third to go up 2-0 on the Bulldogs. Asheville would answer in the bottom of the frame, plating a runner on a sacrifice flies by Billy Creighton and Patrick Koontz.
Lurie gave the Bulldogs the lead in the fourth, driving in a run with a single to right. The Peacocks would answer in the very next inning, scoring a run on another Asheville error.
With the bases loaded and the score tied at 3-3, freshman Cody Akins singled up the middle to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 advantage. That would be all the Blue & White would need as the Bulldogs would hold Saint Peter's scoreless in the seventh to earn the one-run victory.