ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Presbyterian pitching limited UNC Asheville to just five hits as the Blue Hose defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in Big South Conference baseball action at McCormick Field Friday afternoon.
The loss eliminated any chance of Asheville making next week's Big South Conference Tournament at VMI. With the defeat, High Point is assured of making the tournament as the eighth seed. The loss was Asheville's 15th straight and dropped its record to 15-36 overall and 7-19 in the league.
PC (23-32, 8-18 BSC) only had five hits on the day as Bulldog starter Grier Harrington was magnificent. He allowed just two runs, four hits and struck out seven. Harrington struck out five straight hitters at one point in the game.
The Blue Hose got a solo home run from Brad Zebedis in the first inning to put the visitors in front for good at 1-0. It was his Big South-leading 12th homer of the season.
The visitors got an insurance run in the eighth inning when Kenny Bryant's two-out single snuck into center field, scoring Mack Hite from second to push the lead to 2-0.
Presbyterian College starter Chandler Knox (4-4) allowed just three hits over seven innings pitch. He struck out three, walked one and allowed one run. Chad White pitched 0.2 innings in the eighth, while Bud Jeter got the final four outs of the game to earn his first save of the season.
The Bulldogs were led at the plate by senior Catlin Carter, who was the only player for either team to have two hits on the day. He got Asheville's first hit of the day in the third inning as he battled Chandler for 12 pitches, fouling off six straight, before singling to left-field.
The home team got on the board in the eighth. Tommy Houmard reached on an infield single. White relieved Knox and allowed a single to Carter to put runners on first and second. Eli Miller sacrificed the runners to second and third.
With one out, Jordan Lurie lifted a line drive to left-center field that PC center-fielder Nathan Chong made a diving catch on. Houmard scored on the play for Asheville's only run of the game as Carter went to third.
Jeter came on and got the Bulldogs to end the threat when he got a ground-out.
The teams will finish the season Saturday afternoon at McCormick Field for a 1 p.m. Prior to the game, the school will recognize its eight seniors playing their final game for the Bulldogs.