MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - In game two of a three-game series with Southern Conference foe College of Charleston the UNC Asheville baseball team downed the home-standing Cougars 8-4 on Saturday evening at Patriots Point.
With the win the Bulldogs take the series from CofC, after earning a 4-2 victory over the Cougars last night. The Blue & White also improve to 24-24 overall on the season, while Charleston falls to 33-17.
Senior shortstop Jordan Lurie was 3-for-4 at the plate, with a run batted in and a run scored from the leadoff spot. Centerfielder Thomas Bess drove in two RBI while going 2-for-5, and third baseman Cody Buch was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
Ryan Dull (5-4) got the start and held the high-powered Cougars to only three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out seven batters, picking up the win after seven solid innings. Elliot Criss pitched two innings of relief, posting four K's and allowing one run on two hits.
CofC's Daniel Aldrich collected three hits of Charleston's six hits on the night, driving in one RBI. Josh Renfro (6-6) was credited with the loss, giving up six runs (two earned) on eight hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Asheville jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, highlighted by a Bess two-RBI single up the middle with the bases loaded. The Bulldogs added another run in the third, as designated hitter Grant Gajdosz hit a solo homer down the leftfield line to give Asheville a five-run lead.
The Bulldogs posted a run in the top of the fourth to go up 6-0, followed by two more in the sixth. Charleston would finally get on the board in that sixth inning, scoring a run on an Aldrich solo homer to right-center.
CofC would post two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on a ground out and an error to pull to within 8-3 of the Bulldogs. After a fruitless eighth inning, the Cougars attempted a late rally in the ninth.
Criss walked the first batter of the inning then struck out the next to make it one on and one out for Gunnar Heidt. Heidt delivered with a single, followed by another single by Marty Gantt that plated a run for the Cougars and cut the lead to 8-4.
With two on and one out shortstop Bradley Goodson lined into a double play, as Lurie caught the hot shot and then flipped it to Eli Miller at second to end the game.
Asheville will look to complete the sweep of the Cougars tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m. at Patriots Point.