HIGH POINT, N.C. - UNC Asheville completed the season sweep of Big South Conference opponent High Point on Sunday afternoon, earning an 11-8 victory over the Panthers at Williard Stadium.
The victory for the Bulldogs moves them one game closer to .500 at 22-23 overall on the season, while lifting the Blue & White to an 11-10 mark in league play. Asheville also completes a three-game sweep of a conference opponent on the road since defeating Presbyterian in 2010 in three straight contests.
High Point drops to 23-24 on the year with an 8-10 mark in the Big South.
Asheville's Billy Creighton went 3-for-4 on the play with four runs batted in. Fellow Bulldog Cody Buch went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Eli Miller drove was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Starter Brian Connolly was credited with the victory, giving up three runs on eight hits in five innings of work to improve to 5-3 on the season. Reliever Elliot Criss picked up his second save of the year, tossing a shutout ninth inning to seal the victory.
HPU's starter Jacob Newberry took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work. Willie Medina was 4-for-5 for the Panthers with two RBI, with teammate Ryne Rush going 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Creighton drove in the game's first run in the top of the third, hitting a single to left to drive in a run and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Asheville then posted six runs in the fourth, highlighted by a Creighton three-run home run to right that pushed the lead to 7-0.
After the Bulldogs posted another run in the top of the fifth, scoring on a Miller sacrifice fly. The Panthers would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fifth, posting three runs in the frame.
Both teams would scored a pair of runs in the seventh as Asheville took a 10-5 lead into eighth. The Bulldogs scored another run in the eighth, plating a runner on an Ian Graham sac fly. The Panthers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the frame, but could not keep the momentum going their way.
Criss would enter in the bottom of the ninth to secure the 11-8 victory for the Bulldogs.
Asheville will host Georgia State on Tuesday and Wednesday at Greenwood Field, with both game beginning at 3 p.m. Former Bulldog great and head coach Willie Stewart serves as an assistant with GSU and will make his first trip back to Asheville since leaving the program in 2009.