ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville baseball team will celebrate its new lights at Greenwood Field Wednesday night when the Bulldogs host mountain rival Western Carolina starting at 6 p.m.
Thanks to a grant from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, both the soccer field and baseball fields now have lights. Members from the Tourism Product Development Fund Committee will be on hand to throw out the first pitch and celebrate the new lights at Greenwood Field.
Torrence Sports Lighting, supplier of the GE Sports Flood Lighting, will provide all fans with a free energy efficient light bulb to commemorate the occasion. The lights are state-of-the art and provide unmatched light output and efficiency with excellent visibility for players and spectators.
There will be games and activities throughout the night for children of all ages, including an Apple Pie contest!! Concession items include hot dogs and ice cream from The Hop. In addition, the school will be giving away two $1,000 scholarships to two students for the 2014-15 academic year.
“We’re excited about our home game with Western Carolina and celebrating the fact we have lights,” stated Bulldog coach Tom Smith. “It should be a great night and hopefully we can play well and get a win against a very good Western Carolina ballclub.”
The Bulldogs (10-22) start a two-game mid-week homestand tonight with Davidson invading Greenwood Field for a 6 p.m. start before hosting the Catamounts tomorrow night.
Asheville is coming off a 2-1 victory over Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon as the Bulldogs salvaged a win in the three-game set against the Chanticleers. The Blue & White had chances to win the first two games but couldn’t hold CCU off in the late innings.
Corey Randall (1-3) threw Asheville’s first complete game of the year with a four-hitter against the Chanticleers on Sunday. He allowed a run in the first inning but blanked CCU after that and earned his first win of the season.
Tonight’s game will be the first time the Bulldogs have faced Davidson since the 2011 season. Asheville played at WCU last week and fell 4-1 to the Catamounts.
The Wildcats are 20-8 on the season and are determined to make their final year in the SoCon a good one and have posted a 10-2 mark in league play. Davidson comes into today’s game with a five-game winning streak.
Both games can be seen for free on the Big South Digital Network under the multimedia tag at uncabulldogs.com.
Eight of Asheville’s last 14 games have been one-run affairs with the Bulldogs holding a 5-3 edge in those contests.
Asheville’s pitching has improved lately. The Bulldogs have allowed less than nine hits in 12 of the last 14 games.
Hunter Bryant has reached base in 15 straight games.
Pete Guys is tied for sixth in the Big South with four home runs. Two have been grand-slams.
Scott Robinson is sixth in the Big South in saves with four.
Kyle Towles is sixth in the league in doubles with 11.
Asheville has produced 60 doubles this season, second best in the BSC.