CLINTON, S.C. - Jordan Lurie drove in three runs, while Thomas Bess drove in two more as UNC Asheville rallied past Presbyterian College5-3 in Big South Conference action Saturday afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex.
The Bulldogs (13-15, 4-4 BSC) trailed 3-0 after six innings but tied the game with three runs in the seventh inning and took the lead for good in the ninth with two runs.
Reliever Ethan Steible picked up the victory for Asheville. He went two innings, allowing just one hit and picked up two strikeouts to even his record at 1-1. Brian Connelly got the final out of the game to earn his first save of the season.
Trailing 3-0 in the seventh, Asheville's bats came to life. Aaron Wright opened the innings with a single. Two outs later, Cody Buch singled to put runners on first and third. Bess's RBI-single through the right side cut the lead Blue Hose lead to 3-1.
With runners on first and second, Lurie delivered a two-run double to center field that tied the game at 3-3.
The Bulldogs took the lead for good in the ninth. Eli Miller walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Koontz. Miller went to third on a ground-out.
Bess's infield single to shortstop scored Miller to give Asheville the lead at 4-3. Bess then stole second to move into scoring position. Lurie singled to left-center, scoring Bess to give the Bulldogs some insurance at 5-3.
In the bottom of the frame, PC got some life as the Bulldogs committed two errors to keep the Blue Hose hope's for a victory alive. With two outs and the winning run at the plate, Connolly induced Brandon Paul to fly out to center field to give Asheville the much-needed victory. The win snapped a five-game Bulldog losing streak.
Bess and Lurie lead the Bulldogs at the plate with two hits each. Koontz and Wright added two hits each.
The teams play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.