GREENVILLE, S.C. - Designated hitter Aaron Wright went 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in to help lead the UNC Asheville baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Furman University on Tuesday evening at Latham Stadium, as the Bulldogs avenge an early season loss to the Paladins.
Todd Joyner, Patrick Koontz and Jordan Lurie also collected two hits apiece, with each driving in a run. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 14-16 overall, while Furman drops to 15-15 on the year.
Asheville starter Adam Spracklin picked up the win for the Blue & White, allowing only one run on three hits in three and two-thirds innings. Ethan Steible picked up his second save of the season, striking out three batters in one and one-thirds innings.
Furman's Will Muzika went 2-for-5 at the plate, while Jarrod Rickman had a team-high two RBI. Starter Tyler Wood was credited with the loss, allowing only one run on three hits in two innings of work.
With the win the Bulldogs even the season series with the Paladins, who earned a 6-1 victory over Asheville on March 6 at Greenwood Field.
Joyner gave the Bulldogs the early lead in the top of the second, driving in a run on a single to right center. The Bulldogs added two more in the top of the third on a Wright home run to right, giving Asheville a 3-0 lead after three.
Furman got on the board in the fourth, on centerfielder Will Miller's solo homer left, pulling the Paladins to within two runs of the Bulldogs at 3-1. Asheville would respond in the sixth with a pair of runs to go up 5-1.
The Paladins would rally for three runs in the bottom half of the sixth, highlighted by Rickman's pinch-hit, two-RBI single to pull Furman within a run at 5-4. However, Asheville would be able to shutout the Paladins over the final three innings to earn the one-run victory.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field when they welcome Big South Conference foe Charleston Southern for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday with a doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.