ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville Baseball team will travel to Charleston, S.C., for the Charleston Crab House Shootout, presented by Homewood Suites and hosted by The Citadel. Asheville faces VCU Friday at Noon, Pittsburgh on Saturday at Noon and then finish up with a double-header against The Citadel Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs will face some formidable competition in Charleston. VCU is unbeaten on the year at 5-0, while Pitt is 5-1. The Citadel has a 4-3 worksheet going into this weekend's action.
"We're going to face three really good teams this weekend," stated Bulldog coach Tom Smith. "This will be a good test for us to play in such a prestigious tournament. We're going to need to play at our best to have a chance to win some games."
Asheville is coming off a four-game split at home this past weekend against Canisius College. The Bulldogs lost the first game each day but bounced back to win the second game each time.
"We did a nice job battling back to win the second game each day against a solid ballclub in Canisius," declared Smith. "We would have liked to have won all four or even three games but it was good to see us bounce back and win."
Asheville is scheduled to start right-hander Dean Roland (0-2, 4.50 ERA) on Friday against the Rams. Right-hander Elliot Criss (1-0, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to start on Saturday.
Sophomore infielder Kyle Towles tops the Bulldogs in hitting this year with a .500 average. He's scored a team-leading eight runs. Junior third baseman Robert McIntosh continues his good start to the 2013 season with a .423 average. He's driven in a team-leading nine runs and has two home runs.
UNC Asheville competed in this tournament back in 2007 and lost three close games to Minnesota, Virginia Tech and The Citadel.
Ian Graham enters the tournament with a six-game hitting streak. He's hitting .400 on the season.
Asheville is 1-0 against the Big East this year with a 7-4 victory over Georgetown two weeks ago. The Dogs will look to make it 2-0 against Pitt on Saturday.
The Bulldogs are 2-2 against left-handed starters this year and 1-2 vs. right-handed starters.
Asheville is 0-1 in one-run games and 0-1 in extra inning contests.
The Bulldogs have given up 15 unearned runs in the season's first seven games.
Asheville pitching has given up just two home runs so far and has a 3.95 ERA.