Bulldogs Sweep Double-Header from High Point

April 17, 2011
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball team used clutch pitching and clutch hitting to sweep its first Big South Conference double-header in five years as the Bulldogs downed High Point, 9-3 in the first game and 7-4 in the second game.

The wins for Asheville gave the Bulldogs their fifth win in their last six games. The victories improved Asheville's record to 15-21 overall and 7-8 in the Big South. The sweep also gave the Bulldogs their first BSC series win over the Panthers (18-20, 5-10 BSC) since the 2004 season.

In the first game, Justin Lurie had four hits to lead the Asheville attack. Robert McIntosh and Mike Vaughn him solo home runs in the fifth inning to give the Bulldogs the lead for good at 5-3. Beau Zinman had a clutch three-run double in the seventh inning to help seal the victory.

Grier Harrington (3-6) earned the win for Asheville with 5.2 innings of work. Freshman Matthew Pate pitched the fina1 3.1 innings to earn his first save of the year.

In the second game, Grant Gajdosz had three hits and drove in two runs. Freshman starter Tommy Houmard (2-1) shook off a shaky start to pitch seven strong innings. McIntosh got the final two outs of the game to pick up the save.

"We really needed to win these two games today," stated Bulldog coach Tom Smith. "Our guys really responded and played some good baseball.

"Our pitching was pretty solid this afternoon," added Smith. "Grier Harrington and Matthew Pate were very effective in the first game. Tommy Houmard just got stronger as the game went on. These are two big conference wins over a good High Point ballclub."

High Point's Sal Pezzino with 3-for-5 in the first game with a double. Scott Glover added a two-run double for the Panthers.

In the second game, the visitors were led at the plate by third baseman Drew Geissinger with three hits. Four different Panthers had RBI's in the game.

Asheville took a three-run lead in the first game in the third inning as Lurie, Gajdosz and Vaughn delivered RBI-hits to put the home team in front 3-0.

The Panthers scored an unearned run in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-1. Glover's two-run double tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth.

But in the bottom of the frame, Asheville took the lead for good on home runs from McIntosh and Vaughn to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 advantage.

In the second game, the Panthers first three hitters delivered singles to put the visitors in front, 1-0. Asheville roared back with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Gajdosz's two-run double put the Dogs in front for good at 2-1.

Houmard only allowed five more hits after the first inning. He struck out three and walked two.

The Bulldogs play next at McCormick Field Wednesday night at 6 p.m. when they host Wofford.


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