ASHEVILLE, N.C.—The UNC Asheville baseball team will play at home for the first time this season as it opens a four-game series with Central Michigan at Greenwood Field. First pitch for Friday’s opener will be at 2 p.m. The game can be heard live on uncabulldogs.com.
The Bulldogs are happy to be playing at home after dropping their first five games on the road. Sophomore Catlin Carter was named to the Courtyard by Marriott Classic All-Tournament team as he hit .400 (6-for-15) last weekend against Virginia Tech, George Mason, and Wofford. Carter will bring a four-game hit streak into this weekend’s action.
Senior Reed Kreiser hit the Bulldogs’ first home run of the season on Tuesday at Furman. Kreiser is leading the team with four RBI and a slugging percentage of 526. He has now hit a home run on Feb. 24 each of the last two seasons. Junior Justin Schumer is the third Bulldog hitting .300 or better. He is 6-for-20 on the season with a double and a RBI. Both Kreiser and Schumer have a hit in all five games this season.
The Chippewas are 2-2 after splitting four games in Ft. Myers, Fla. The weekend was highlighted by a 16-9 victory over Wichita State. Senior left-hander Dan Taylor was named the Mid-America Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance against the Shockers. Freshman Rhett Goodmiller went 6-for-10 on the weekend with a double and drove in four runs. Red-shirt freshman Scott Phillion went 4-for-8 as CMU hit .320 as a team last weekend. CMU is averaging 11.25 runs per game over its first four games.
The Bulldogs and Chippewas meet for the first time this weekend. Central Michigan went 29-27-1 last season and finished with a 13-13 record in the MAC. The Chippewas have finished either first or second in the Western Division of the MAC four out of the last five seasons.
Scheduled starters for Friday’s opener have Michael Bogaert (0-1) pitching for UNC Asheville against Steve Teno (0-1) for CMU.
The teams will play a double-header on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Ryan Dull (0-1) is scheduled to pitch against Devan Kline (0-0). In the second game on Saturday, Taylor Wohlwend (0-2) will face Dan Taylor (1-0). Only the first game on Saturday will be broadcast on uncabulldogs.com.
Sunday’s pitching match-up has Schumer (0-1) throwing for Asheville against Rick Dodridge (0-1) for CMU. The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will also be available on uncabulldogs.com.