ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Senior Ryan Retz
“Today was a great example of just figuring out a way to win,” head coach Craig Cozart
Retz led off the 10th inning for the Panthers and sent the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for his fourth home run of the season and his second in three games. The home run broke a 2-2 tie and put the Panthers ahead for the first time in the contest.
Sophomore Joe Goodman
Brian Connolly was charged with the loss for UNC Asheville. Connolly allowed one run on one hit and one walk during his two innings of work out of the bullpen.
High Point clinched its second-straight road conference series with the win over the Bulldogs. HPU improves to 21-20 overall and 8-6 in Big South play. UNC Asheville drops to 13-28 overall and 2-12 in conference play after the loss.
Asheville jumped out to the first lead of the game in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI triple by Kyle Towles. The Bulldogs’ Todd Joyner led off the inning with a double and scored when Towles hit a hard grounder through the right side of the HPU infield that deflected off the glove of a diving Dane McDermott
The Panthers tied the game in the top of the fifth inning as senior Devin Bujnovsky
Asheville retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Sam Turner but HPU came right back with a run in the top of the seventh to know the game back up at 2-2. Redshirt-senior Sean Wilson
Bujnovsky finished the game going 3-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Both Spano and McDermott also recorded three hits on the day for the Panthers.
Redshirt-junior Jaime Schultz
Dean Roland turned in a strong start for Asheville, pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs on 10 hits and two walks.
High Point will try and complete its second-straight road sweep with a win over UNC Asheville on Monday, April 22, at 1 p.m. Redshirt-junior Malcolm Clapsaddle