ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Dean Roland pitched six strong innings as UNC Asheville downed Gardner-Webb 3-1 in Saturday’s second game of a Big South Conference double-header at Greenwood Field.
The win allowed the Bulldogs (7-15, 2-4 BSC) to win the weekend series against the Runnin’ Bulldogs as Asheville took two of three.
Roland’s performance really helped the home team as the Bulldogs lost the first game in heartbreaking fashion, 7-6. GWU trailed 6-4 in the top of the ninth before scoring three times to win the game.
But Roland was tough from the start. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out three and walking just one to improve his record to 2-2. Corey Randall earned his first save of the year by pitching the final three innings. He allowed just two hits, both in the ninth, and struck out five. Randall struck out the final three hitters of the game for the Bulldogs.
Robert McIntosh led Asheville at the plate with three hits and a two doubles. Phillip Treadway and Joe Tietjen added two hits each for the Blue & White.
Gardner-Webb (9-15, 2-4 BSC) was led by Tyler Best at the plate with three hits.
The Bulldogs jumped in front with two runs in the first inning. McIntosh had a one-out single. Treadway’s double moved hit to third.
With two outs, Eli Miller came up with another clutch hit. His two-run single to center gave the home team an early 2-0 lead.
Asheville pushed the margin to 3-0 in the third. McIntosh led off with a double and quickly scored on Treadway’s RBI-single.
The visitors plated a run in the fourth. Nick Triplett walked with two outs. Best singled to center, got caught in a run-down and was eventually thrown out. Triplett scored on the play.
Asheville picked up one more run in the seventh. Tietjen led off with a single. With two outs, McIntosh doubled him to pad the Bulldog lead to 4-1.
Pete Guy’s RBI-double plated Hunter Bryant in the eighth for the final run of the game.
UNC Asheville is back in action on Tuesday night when the Bulldogs travel to USC Upstate at 6 p.m. Gardner-Webb starts a four-game homestand when Wofford visits on Wednesday at 6 p.m.