FARMVILLE, Va. – In game two of a three-game series Longwood used a six-run third inning to down UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon, earning an 8-3 victory over the Bulldogs in Big South Conference play at Bolding Stadium.
With the victory, Longwood improves to 10-8 overall and 2-0 in league play. The Lancers also take the weekend series, having defeated the Blue & White last night, 7-4.
The Bulldogs fall to 7-13 on the season, with a 0-2 mark in the Big South.
"We're obviously disappointed with how we've started conference play this weekend," said Bulldogs' skipper Tom Smith. "We've got to play better defense and pitch better. We've also can't leave runners on base, which we've done a lot of the past two days."
Senior rightfielder Todd Joyner went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Bulldogs, driving in a run on the day. Shortstop Eli Miller was 1-for-3 with two RBI, with first baseman Hunter Bryant scoring two runs while going 1-for-4 with a walk offensively.
Freshman Blake Ream had three hits, including two home runs, and five RBI, while classmate Kyri Washington added two hits and two RBI, to lead Longwood offensively.
Junior hurler Brian Connolly was credited with the loss for the Bulldogs, giving up seven runs on nine hits in three innings of work. Connolly is now 1-2 on the season.
Longwood’s Brandon Vick got the start, and allowed only one run on seven hits in 6.2 innings. Vick improves to 1-3 on the season with the win.
The Bulldogs will attempt to salvage the series tomorrow afternoon, when they close out the weekend against the Lancers. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.