COLUMBIA, S.C. - In a game against two-time defending national champion South Carolina the UNC Asheville baseball team gave up a four-run first inning en route to an 8-1 setback to the Gamecocks on Wednesday evening at Carolina Stadium.
The Gamecocks pounded out eight runs on 11 hits in the contest, while holding the Bulldogs to only one run on four hits in the contest. South Carolina improves to 10-1 on the year with the win while the Blue & White fall to 7-7 overall.
Dean Roland got the start for the Bulldogs and pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing six run on six hits. With the loss Roland falls to 2-2 on the year.
Freshman Joel Seddon was credited with the victory for South Carolina, allowing only two hits in five shutout innings. It was the first victory of Seddon's career, as he improves to 1-0 on the season.
Christian Walker drove in the game's first run in the first, driving an RBI-single to right field to put South Carolina up 1-0. The Gamecocks would add three more runs in the frame to take a 4-0 lead heading into the second inning.
Walker got another RBI in the bottom of the fourth, driving in another run on a single to center field. L.B. Dantzler drove in another Gamecock run one batter later as South Carolina extended its lead to 6-0 heading into the fifth.
Asheville would get on the board in the top of the eighth, when Billy Creighton hit a single to left to drive in Jordan Lurie to cut the Carolina lead to five runs, but the Gamecocks would answer with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth to go up 8-1 heading into the ninth.
The Bulldogs couldn't get anything going on offense in the final frame as South Carolina picked up its 10th win of the season.
The Bulldogs will be at home this weekend as they will kickoff a seven-game homestand with a three-game series against Morehead State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field, with Saturday and Sunday's games beginning at 1 p.m.