KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – With the scored tied 5-5 in the top of the seventh inning, UNC Asheville was able to take advantage of a pair of Tennessee miscues to plate two runners en route to a 7-5 victory over the Volunteers on Tuesday evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the victory the Bulldogs improve to 13-32 on the season while the Vols fall to 28-18 overall.
Senior rightfielder Phillip Treadway went 3-for-5 with five runs batted in for the Bulldogs, highlighted by a two-RBI single in the second that gave the Blue & White a 3-0 advantage. First baseman Hunter Bryant was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the two-run victory.
Freshman Joe Zayatz was credited with the win in relief, allowing only one run on three hits in two innings of work to improve to 2-6 on the season. Corey Randall earned his second save of the season pitching two shutout innings to close out the Vols.
Tennessee’s Drake Owenby was saddled with the loss, allowing two runs (none earned) on one hit in two innings pitched. Peter Lenstrohm got the start for the Vols but was chased in the second after allowing three runs on three hits.
Asheville took the lead in the second when shortstop Derek Smith grounded out to third with runners on second and third to score the game’s first run. Treadway then hit a single down the leftfield line two batters later to score a pair of runs, giving Asheville a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs then went up 5-0 in the fourth, with runners scoring on consecutive singles up the middle by centerfielder Tanner Bush and Treadway.
The Vols answered with three run in the bottom of the fourth, then plated runs in the fifth and sixth to tie the game at five runs apiece.
Asheville retook the lead in the top of the seventh when second baseman Kyle Towles singled to left with runners at second and third to score Tommy Houmard from third, followed by an error by the leftfielder that allowed Bryant to score from second.
Tennessee was not able to respond in the final three frames, giving the Bulldogs the 7-5 victory.
The Bulldogs will have a quick turnaround, traveling to Davidson tomorrow evening for a game beginning at 6 p.m. Asheville earned a 12-10 victory over the Wildcats at Greenwood Field on April 8 earlier this season.