GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNC Asheville plated five runners in the top of the sixth inning en route to a 7-4 victory over in-state rival UNCG in the Bulldogs’ season opener at the UNCG Baseball Stadium on Wednesday evening.


“Our pitching staff had an outstanding performance tonight and we did a good job of taking advantage of what they gave us offensively,” said Asheville skipper Tom Smith. “Erik Connolly had a big two-run double and Sam Turner gave us another double as we were able to put together a couple of big innings.”


With the victory the Bulldogs improve to 1-0 while the Spartans fall to 1-1.


Senior hurler Dean Roland started his final campaign in style, picking up five strikeouts in five innings of work to earn his first victory of the season. Lucas Clarke and Nick Schavone pitched 2.3 innings of relief before Scott Robinson closed out the game with a pair of strikeouts to pick up the save.


As a staff the Bulldogs struck out 10 Spartan batters on the night.


No Bulldog batter collected more than one hit but as a team Asheville tallied 14 walks to go along with six hits in the contest. Rightfielder Erik Connolly tallied a game-high three runs batted in while Sam Turner and Justin Woods each plated a runner.


Shortstop Tommy Houmard and third baseman Robert McIntosh each tallied three base on balls apiece.


The Blue & White will be back in action this Friday when they travel to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on non-conference opponent Western Kentucky in a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is set for 2 p.m. with a 3 p.m. start on Saturday and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.