GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five UNC Asheville pitchers limited UNC Greensboro to just six hits as the Bulldogs downed the Spartans 3-0 Tuesday afternoon at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Asheville improved its record to 4-0 on the season. The 4-0 start is the best for the Bulldog program since the 1993 team went 5-0.
The victory went to Bulldog reliever David Ricker (1-0) who came in for starter Grier Harrington with one out in the fifth inning. He pitched 2.2 innings, allowed just one hit and struck out five. Ryan Dull pitched the ninth inning and earned his first save of the season.
Asheville got all the runs it needed in the fifth inning when the Bulldogs picked up all three of their hits in the game. With one out, Tommy Houmard and Catlin Carter singled to put runners on first and second. Jordan Lurie reached on a bunt single to load the bases.
Danny Baatz then reached on an error to score Houmard and give Asheville a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Patrick Koontz was hit by a pitch to score Carter and give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Asheville added an insurance run in the eighth inning. Ian Graham scored on an error to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
Harrington pitched 4.1 innings and allowed just four hits with five strikeouts. Carson McLean got an out in the seventh inning. Matthew Pate pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts. Dull then pitched the ninth inning.
The Bulldogs play next at Campbell on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The teams will play a double-header on Saturday at Noon.