ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team will travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on Big South Conference foe Charleston Southern in a three game series set to begin on Friday afternoon.


The Bulldogs (8-17, 1-5 Big South) have dropped four games in a row despite leading in three of those contests. CSU (8-16, 0-3 Big South) has lost eight games in a row, with the Bucs’ last victory coming against Siena on March 10.


“This is a very important series for us this weekend,” said Asheville head coach Tom Smith. “We either get back on track in the Big South or we dig ourselves a bigger hole, making for a tougher season.”


The Bucs have won the series against the Bulldogs the past two seasons, having gone 4-2 in the past six contests. The Bulldogs’ last series victory against the Bucs came during the 2010 season, when Asheville swept CSU at McCormick Field during Smith’s first season as head coach.


Despite Asheville’s and CSU’s struggles this season, Smith sees similarities between both squads. 


“Our records are similar, they’ve had injuries, we’ve had injuries, but neither team is going to feel sorry for the other when we get out on the field,” added Smith.


Catcher Ian Graham is currently leading the team, and is 12th in the league, in batting with an average of .347. Senior Todd Joyner leads the team in hits with 29 while freshman Justin Woods leads the team in RBI with 14 on the year.


In six conference games Joyner is batting .440 for the Bulldogs, with five RBI. Senior Billy Creighton leads the team in ERA, with a mark of 1.88 in eight appearances.


First pitch on Friday is set for 2 p.m., with the two teams playing a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m.