ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team hopes to build on its two-game winning streak when the Bulldogs visit Appalachian State starting on Friday for a three-game series.
ASU and Asheville will start its series Friday at 4 p.m., followed by a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. and a game Sunday at 1 p.m.
Asheville (3-7) is coming off a 5-1 win at Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon. After opening the season with a win at UNC Greensboro 7-4, the Bulldogs dropped seven straight before downing N.C. Central on Tuesday, 8-4.
“We’ve found a way to win the last two games and that’s good to see,” stated Asheville coach Tom Smith. “We’ll have a tough series with Appalachian State this weekend but hopefully we can build on what we accomplished earlier in the week.”
The Mountaineers have a deceptive 1-11 record. ASU has been on the road for the entire season and the games this weekend will mark its first games at home. App’s lone win was over Michigan as the Mountaineers have lost to N.C. State, North Carolina and Notre Dame this year. They have played a very demanding schedule.
Appalachian State has won 11‐straight games in its longtime series with UNC Asheville and hasn't lost to the Bulldogs in nearly a decade, dating back to a 14‐1 UNCA victory in Boone on May 19, 2004. Appalachian owns 37-19 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs, which began in 1985.
The Bulldogs are being led at the plate by Kyle Towles and Tommy Houmard. Both are hitting .279. Towles has 12 hits on the year with six being doubles. Erik Connolly leads Asheville in RBI’s with eight. He has eights in 2014 with four being doubles.
Both Towles and Houmard have reached base in every game this year.