Bulldogs Make It Three In A Row With 4-0 Win Over Wofford
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In the first start of his career, freshman pitcher Brian Connolly threw six shutout innings to earn his first collegiate victory as UNC Asheville defeated non-conference foe Wofford 4-0 on Wednesday evening at Russell C. King Field.
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With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 13-20 on the year and have won three consecutive games. Connolly improves to 1-0 on the year, giving up only four hits while striking out two. He retired 18 of the 22 batters he faced.
Wofford falls to 14-20 on the year with pitcher Erick Eck falling to 1-5. The Terriers collected only six hits as a team over nine innings.
The Bulldogs were led offensively by leftfielder Grant Gajdosz, who went 1-for-4 at the plate with three runs batted in. Grier Harrington, Matthew Pate and Dillon Tabar pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, respectively, preserving the shutout for the Blue & White.
Leadoff batter Jordan Lurie started the game off with a single down the rightfield line and was eventually brought home on a Grant Gajdosz ground out to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the first. Danny Baatz led off the top of the second with a double to right-center and then was bunted over by the catcher Collazo. Baatz then scored on a wild pitch to give the Blue & White a 2-0 lead.
Gajdosz came to the plate with runners on second and third in the third and delivered a single to left-center to plate both runners, giving Asheville a 4-0 lead. The Terriers threatened in the bottom of the fifth, getting a runner all the way to third with one out, but Connolly struck out the next batter and then forced a fly out to end the inning and the threat.
Asheville will host Big South Conference foe High Point this weekend at Greenwood Field. The Panthers swept the season series with the Bulldogs last season. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday on the campus of the Bulldogs.