ASHEVILLE, N.C. – With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, UNC Asheville’s Billy Creighton scored a run on an error by Temple’s catcher while he was trying to tag Creighton out at home, giving the Bulldogs 6-5 decision against the visiting Owls on Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field.
The play began when Asheville’s Justin Woods fell to the infield while leading off of second base, and Temple’s pitcher Eric Peterson faked a throw to second. Creighton took off on the fake and then scored when Michael D’Acunti could not control his grip on the ball while applying the tag.
With the victory the Blue & White improve to 5-9 on the season, while also improving to 3-2 in home contests. Temple drops to 2-7 overall, and 1-4 in road contests.
Dillon Tabar (1-0) picked up the victory in relief, pitching a shutout ninth to help Asheville to the win. Dean Roland got the start, allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings, followed Scott Robinson who pitched a third of an inning and Nick Schavone, who struck out four batters in 1.2 innings of work.
The Owls’ Steve Visnic (0-1) was credited with the loss, allowing a run while not giving up a hit in the contest. Patrick Peterson got the start and gave up one run on three hits with four strikeouts in five innings pitched.
Temple jumped out to an early lead in the contest, plating runners in the second, third and fourth innings to go up 3-0. Asheville answered in the bottom of the fifth with a run, scoring on a fielder’s choice by Kyle Towles to cut the Owls’ lead to 3-1.
The Owls scored in the top of the sixth on a Jorda Queja double down the leftfield line to drive in a runner from second. Temple struck again in the seventh, when Derek Peterson solo home run to left to go up 5-1.
The Bulldogs exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game on a two-run single by first baseman Hunter Bryant down the rightfield line.
The two teams traded scoreless eighth innings before Tabar shutout the Owls in the ninth. Asheville would score on the error by the catcher in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the victory in walkoff fashion.
The Bulldogs will host Temple once again tomorrow, with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Greenwood Field.