Bulldogs Set to Face Tar Heels on Wednesday Night at 6 p.m.

May 10, 2011
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball team is back in action Wednesday night when the Bulldogs travel to Chapel Hill to take on the #9 team in the nation - North Carolina. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Asheville (15-29) has dropped eight straight games going into its date with the Tar Heels. The Bulldogs will have their hands full with a UNC team that is 26-3 at home this season. Asheville lost at ETSU Monday afternoon, 9-5.

"We're battling but haven't been able to get the job done for nine innings," commented Bulldog coach Tom Smith. "All we can do is keep competing and see what we can do.

"Playing a team like North Carolina is a tremendous challenge," added Smith. "However, it's a game that will make us better and that's what we want."

Asheville is scheduled to start junior right-hander Dillon Tabar (3-3, 6.16 ERA) on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs continue their nine-game road trip this weekend when Asheville travels to VMI (May 13-15) for an important three-game series with the Keydets.  Smith's club is 7-14 in the Big South and is tied with High Point for eighth place in the league standings. The top eight teams will go to the Big South Conference Tournament at VMI in two weeks.

"We were in a similar position last year and picked up steam to get into the tournament," declared Smith. "We're going to try and do the same thing this year."

Asheville ends the regular season at home next weekend (May 19-21) at McCormick Field when it hosts Presbyterian College in a conference series.

UNC Asheville is 0-3 against the Tar Heels with the last meeting coming in the 2004 season with UNC winning, 6-0.

The Bulldogs were coached in 2000 by former North Carolina mentor Mike Roberts. Roberts coached Asheville to a 26-32 record with victories over Georgia and Tennessee. Current Asheville pitching coach Aaron Rembert played for Roberts that year as a freshman pitcher and earned All-American honors. Infielder Todd Interdonato also played on that team and is now the head coach at Wofford College.

Asheville has had some success against teams in the ACC with six victories over Wake Forest, two over Duke, two over Maryland and one over N.C. State. The Bulldogs last win against an ACC foe came in the 2008 season when they routed Wake Forest 12-6.

Jordan Lurie leads Asheville with a .346 batting average. He tops the club in hits (65) and total bases (80).

Jordan Lurie and Danny Baatz top the club with 13 stolen bases each. The duo has combined to steal 26 bases in 29 attempts.

The Bulldogs are 5-5 in one-run games this season.  Asheville is 7-22 on the road this year.

The Bulldogs own two wins over a ranked opponent this season as Asheville downed #29 Coastal Carolina back in March twice. The Dogs slipped past the Chanticleers, 3-2 and 7-6 in 12 innings. The win snapped a 36-game winning streak by Coastal Carolina in league play.


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