HIGH POINT, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team will end the 2014 season on the road at Big South Conference foe High Point starting tonight with a game at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the teams will finish the season with a double-header starting at 1 p.m.
All three games can be seen via the Big South Digital Network for free under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs (13-37, 4-19 BSC) hope to play spoiler for the Panthers (28-20, 15-9 BSC) this weekend. High Point is tied for third place in the Big South’s North Division. They could move up to second place with some wins and help from Campbell and Radford.
“We’ve had a tough year, lost a lot of close games but we’re still battling and playing hard every game,” stated Asheville coach Tom Smith. “We’ll continue to do that this weekend and hopefully we can finish the season on a high note. High Point has a good ballclub all the way around.”
The Blue & White fell on Tuesday to Wake Forest at McCormick Field, 11-6. Asheville pounded out 15 hits in the loss as Phillip Treadway and Hunter Bryant had three hits each. The Bulldogs will start senior right-hander Dean Roland (2-4, 5.26 ERA) on the mound tonight.
On Saturday, Asheville will go with freshman right-hander Joe Zayatz (2-6, 3.86 ERA) in the first game, followed by sophomore right-hander Corey Randall (2-6, 4.45 ERA) in the second game.
Roland struck out a career-high 10 hitters in seven innings of work last Friday against Radford. He allowed just two hits and one run before the Highlanders came back in eighth and ninth innings.
Zayatz threw eight scoreless innings against Radford as he scattered five hits. He retired 14 hitters in a row before allowing a lead-off single in the ninth. RU rallied with two runs in the ninth and 10th innings to earn the win.
Randall has pitched both of Asheville’s two complete games this season. Last month, he tossed a four-hitter in a 2-1 victory over Coastal Carolina.
UNC Asheville is 4-19 in Big South Conference play. The Bulldogs have lost 13 of those games when tied or leading in the seventh inning or beyond. Asheville had dropped four of its last five league games when leading in the eighth and ninth innings.
Hunter Bryant leads the team in doubles with 15. He has five in the last four games, including two vs. Radford and Wake Forest. The junior first baseman is sixth in the Big South in two-baggers.
Bulldog head coach Tom Smith will see a familiar face on the High Point coaching staff. His son Kenny Smith is an assistant with the Panthers. Kenny coached with his dad at Asheville in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
UNC Asheville is third in the Big South in doubles with 91.
Scott Robinson is sixth in the Big South in saves with five.
Nick Schavone is fifth in the Big South in appearances with 27, while Scott Robinson is tied for sixth with 26.
Asheville is 1-0 vs. the SEC this year with a 7-5 win at Tennessee on May 6.
Phillip Treadway has a hit in 10 of the last 11 games.
The Bulldogs have lost 19 games by three runs or less.