CHARLESTON, S.C. - UNC Asheville pounded out 21 hits and got great starting pitching from Ryan Dull as the Bulldogs roared past previously unbeaten College of Charleston, 18-8 at Patriots Point Friday evening.
The Bulldogs (2-2) got three hits each from Danny Baatz and Austin Graham as every starter in the line-up had at least one hit. Justin Schumer had two doubles for Asheville.
Dull (1-0) pitched six innings and allowed one unearned run. He scattered three hits and struck out two against the powerful Cougar (4-1) line-up.
Asheville put up crooked numbers in five different innings. The Bulldogs used two-out lighting to strike for three runs in the third inning. Baatz drove in the first run with an RBI-double. Schumer drove in Baatz with his first run-scoring double to push the lead to 2-0. Schumer scored on a RBI-single from Cody Buch as Asheville led 3-0.
The vistiors padded the lead in the next inning with four runs. Baatz drove in the first of the inning with a RBI-double. Schumer's second RBI-double increaed the lead to 5-0. Buch followed with a run-scoring double to make it 6-0. Catlin Carter drove in a run with a RBI-groundout to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead.
The Cougars scored an uneared run in the fifth made it 7-1 before the Bulldogs put the game away with seven runs in the seventh inning. Asheville had six hits and sent 11 men to the plate. The men of Tom Smith got two-run doubles from Jordan Lurie and Mike Vaughn plus a two-run single from Beau Zinman to give the Bulldogs a 16-1 lead.
College of Charleston hit two home runs in the eighth inning to score six times and cut the lead to 16-7. Asheville countered with two runs in the ninth to pad the margin to 18-7.
Baatz finished the game 3-for-6 with three RBI. Austin Graham also went 3-for-6 with one RBI. Vaughn had two doubles for the Bulldogs.
UNC Asheville will play the second of its three-game series against the Cougars on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.