ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team will finally have its home opener on Friday afternoon when the Bulldogs begin a three-game series against Eastern Kentucky at Greenwood Field starting at 3 p.m.


The teams  play Saturday at 2 p.m. and finish up Sunday at 1 p.m.  Fans can follow the games via livestats at


Both teams are hungry for wins. Asheville is 1-4 on the season and has lost its last four contests. Eastern Kentucky is 1-6 in 2014.


The Bulldogs opened the season with a 7-4 win at UNC Greensboro but fell in a three-game series vs. Western Kentucky and lost at ETSU on Tuesday, 11-6. In two of those losses, Asheville led late but just couldn’t finish the game.


“We’ve played some good teams early in the year and had chances to win a few more games but didn’t close the game out,” commented Bulldog coach Tom Smith.”Our guys have got to learn how to do that and just find ways to win. We’re close to getting it done.


“I’m glad we’ll get a chance to play at home,” added Smith. “Eastern Kentucky traditionally has a solid program and will be a big test for us this weekend.”


Chancellor Anne Ponder will throw out the first pitch on Friday prior to the home opener.


The Blue & White will start sophomore left-hander Lucas Clarke (0-0, 9.00 ERA) on Friday, followed by Corey Randall (0-0, 1.80 ERA) on Saturday, followed by Dean Roland (1-1, 7.45 ERA) on Sunday.


Kyle Towles leads the Bulldogs in hitting in the early part of the season with a .375 average. He has four doubles and four RBI’s in the season’s first five games. Eli Miller is hitting .300.