ROCK HILL, S.C. – Trailing 6-1 heading into the top of the ninth inning the UNC Asheville baseball team rallied for six runs to earn a 7-6 victory over Winthrop on Sunday afternoon, taking game three of the series and game two of the doubleheader with the win.
With the win the Blue & White improves to 9-18 overall and 3-6 in the Big South while the Eagles fall to 14-15 on the season and 6-3 in league games.
Down 6-1 after eight innings, catcher Sam Turner doubled to right with one out followed by a Kyle Towles infield single. Centerfielder Phillip Treadway singled to left to drive in Turner and pull the Bulldogs to within four runs. First baseman Hunter Bryant reached on an error by the Eagles’ shortstop, allowing Towles to scored from third.
Righfielder Erik Connolly singled through the right side to load the bases with two outs, followed by a Pete Guy walk that made the score 6-4. After a pitching change by WU, Joe Tietjen singled to center to drive in two runs and tie the game at six runs apiece.
Pinch hitter Lucas Owens was able to reach base on an error by WU’s shortstop which allowed Guy to score from third, and give the Bulldogs a 7-6 lead.
Winthrop went 3-up 3-down in the bottom of the ninth to fall by one run to the Bulldogs. The game marked the third game in a row in this series that the outcome was decided by one run.
Scott Robinson picked up the win in relief for the Bulldogs, tossing two shutout innings. Robinson improves to 1-1 on the season after retiring all six batters he faced.
Winthrop’s Matt Crohan (1-2) was credited with the loss, allowing six runs (one earned) on four hits in 0.2 innings.
Tietjen, Towles and catcher Sam Turner each went 2-for-5 for the Bulldogs, with Tietjen recording two runs batted in and Turner posting two runs scored.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Tuesday, April 1, when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C., to take on mountain rival Western Carolina. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. between the Bulldogs and Catamounts.