SPARTANBURG, S.C. – In the first midweek game of the season, the Wofford College baseball team was defeated 10-4 by UNC Asheville at Russell C. King Field on Wednesday. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the first and six runs in the third inning to take a lead that the Terriers could not overcome.
Wofford opens the season 1-3, while UNC Asheville moves to 2-2. The Terriers were led by McClain Bradley with two hits and Cody Miller with a pair of RBIs. Danny Wilson led the Bulldogs with three of the team’s 14 hits. The teams combined to use 13 pitchers in the contest. Wofford will travel to Asheville on April 18 to complete the series.
With one out in the top of the first, the Bulldogs had a single and then Brandon Lankford cleared the fence in left center for a 2-0 lead. An error and single followed, but both runners were left on base. Mack Nathanson walked with two outs in the bottom of the first. On a steal of second, the throw was wide and he moved to third. A double to left field by Cody Miller scored Nathanson for a 2-1 score.
The Bulldogs were retired in order in the top of the second inning. Colin Davis led off the bottom half of the second with a double to left center. Three straight ground balls ended the inning with Davis left on third base. Carmine Pagano hit a solo home run down the left line for a 3-1 led to open the third inning. A pair of singles was followed by a Wofford throwing error on a bunt that allowed a run to score. An infield single and a sacrifice bunt pushed the lead to 6-1. With two outs, Kole Harris homered to make it an 8-1 advantage in the middle of the third.
Wofford started the bottom of the third with singles by Brett Rodriguez and McClain Bradley. Mack Nathanson doubled to right center to score Rodriguez for an 8-2 score. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Cody Miller and Max McDougald cut the lead to 8-4. The Bulldogs left one runner on base in the top of the fourth inning and Wofford was retired in order to end the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth with one out, the Bulldogs had back-to-back singles and a hit by pitch to load the bases. A single and a sacrifice fly plated runs to increase the lead to 10-4. Wofford left one runner on base to end the fifth after McClain Bradley singled and UNC Asheville left one stranded in the top of the sixth inning.
Max McDougald led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk. He was out at second on a fielder’s choice. A fly ball and fielder’s choice ended the frame for the Terriers. The lead-off batter for the Bulldogs in the seventh was hit by a pitch and wild pitches moved him to second and third. A walk and hit by pitch loaded the bases, but a strikeout ended the scoring chance. Wofford had two runners in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh after a hit by pitch, walk and fielder’s choice, however a strikeout ended the scoring opportunity.
The Bulldogs left one runner on base in the top of the eighth after a single. Colin Davis walked with one out in the bottom of the eighth and stole second. Ty Reginelli walked with two outs, but a strikeout ended the inning with two runners stranded. In the top of the ninth the Bulldogs were retired in order and Wofford struck out in order to end the game.
Clay Schwaner (0-1) started for the Terriers and went 2.2 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Scottie Wallace worked 1.2 innings with three runs allowed on four hits and one strikeout. Anthony Garcia threw 1.2 innings and did not allow a run on two hits with one strikeout. Tyler McGuigan did not allow a hit in an inning with two strikeouts. Jake Zoller had two strikeouts and allowed one hit in the eighth inning. Jake Dippold worked a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth with one strikeout.
UNC Asheville pitcher Danny Wilson threw two innings with four runs allowed on five hits. Hunter Burnette (1-0) did not allow a hit in two innings with one strikeout. Jesse Juday threw an inning with one hit allowed and a strikeout. Trey Jernigan did not allow a hit in an inning. Blake Brown had one strikeout in an inning on the mound. Cody Wilson added a strikeout in the eighth without allowing a hit. Brandon Harris struck out the side in the ninth to end the game.
The Terriers will host Xavier, Seton Hall and Presbyterian this weekend. First pitch will be at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.