ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Ryan Retz hit a disputed home run over the left-field wall in the top of the 10th inning to lead High Point to a 3-2 Big South Conference win over homestanding UNC Asheville Sunday afternoon.
Retz’s fourth home run of the season went over the left-field wall to put High Point in front for good. The question was it left or right of the foul-pole. Third-base umpire Junior Creech ruled the ball fair. The umpires met after Creech’s call but still ruled it a home run.
Reliever Joe Goodman was credited with the win for the Panthers to raise his record to 3-0. He pitched out of trouble in both the ninth and 10th innings to earn the win.
Both starting pitchers pitched very well for each team. Jaime Schultz pitched 8.1 innings for the visitors, striking out seven and walking just two. He allowed both of Asheville’s runs and seven hits.
Bulldog starter Dean Roland enjoyed a solid start. He pitched seven innings, scattering 10 hits and allowing just two runs. Roland struck out five and walked two.
The Panthers (21-20, 8-6 BSC) had 12 hits on the day. Three High Point players had three hits. Devin Bujnovsky, Josh Spano and Dane McDermott all had three hits for the visitors.
Asheville (13-28, 2-12 BSC) was led at the plate by second baseman Kyle Towles. He went 3-for-4 with an RNI. Todd Joyner had two doubles on the day for the Bulldogs.
After Retz’s home run gave the Panthers the lead in the top of the 10th, Asheville tried to rally in the bottom of the frame. Billy Creighton led off with pinch-hit single. Pinch-runner Andrew Madden went to second on a ground-out. Goodman then struck out the final two hitters of the game to get the win for High Point.
Asheville came close to taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning only to have a perfect defensive play by the Panthers deny the home team the potential go-ahead run. Houmard walked with one out. Joyner then doubled into the right-field corner. Houmard tried to score from first but a perfect relay from Retz to McDemott to catcher Josh Spano beat Houmard to the plate for the final out of the inning.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second. Joyner doubled and then came home on Towles’ triple to push the lead to 1-0.
The Panthers tied it up in the fourth on Spencer Angelis’ RBI-single, plating Bujnovsky to tie the game at 1-1.
Asheville went back in front in the fifth inning on Sam Turner’s run-scoring single to plate Towles and push the lead to 2-1.
Bujnovsky’s RBI-single in the seventh knotted the game at 2-2.
The teams play the third and final game of the series on Monday at Greenwood Field starting at 1 p.m.