Asheville (15-25, 7-11 BSC) has not played since a double-header loss to Radford on April 22. The Bulldogs have been off due to exams. Tom Smith's club was scheduled to play at ETSU on Tuesday night but that game was rained out.
"We're glad to finally be playing after having so much time off with exams," stated Smith. "These are big games coming up this weekend against a very good Liberty squad. Hopefully, we'll play a little better than we did before we started exams."
The Bulldogs do have a tough task taking on Liberty. The Flames (26-19, 12-6 BSC) are in second place in the league standings and still have hopes of catching first-place Coastal Carolina (30-15, 14-4 BSC). Asheville is tied for eighth place with High Point as the top eight teams go to the Big South Conference championships held at the end of the month at VMI.
"Liberty has a good club," admitted Smith. "They do everything well. They're fighting for first place. We'll need to play well in all phases of the game."
Asheville will start junior right-hander Ryan Dull (2-5, 4.91 ERA) on Thursday. They will go with Grier Harrington (3-7, 6.71 ERA) and Tommy Houmard (2-2, 5.54 ERA) in Saturday's twin-bill.
NOTES ON THE BULLDOGS
Asheville is 7-18 on the road this year. The Bulldogs will not play at home until the final weekend of the regular season when they'll host Presbyterian College (May 19-21) at McCormick Field in a three-game set.
The Bulldogs' nine-game road trip will feature games against some of the top teams in the country in North Carolina and defending national champion South Carolina. Every team Asheville faces in this road swing has a winning record.
Danny Baatz and Patrick Koontz have six-game hitting streaks entering Tuesday's game.
Jordan Lurie leads Asheville in hitting with a .349 average.
Danny Baatz and Jordan Lurie lead the Bulldogs in stolen bases with 13. The duo has combined to swipe 26 bases in 29 tries.
Asheville has not won a league series at Liberty since the 2003 season when the Bulldogs won two three games against the Flames at Worthington Stadium. Asheville is 2-7 against Liberty in its last three series in Lynchburg.Junior right-hander Ryan Dull has two wins and a save against Liberty in three appearances