BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The UNC Asheville baseball team split a doubleheader with Big South Conference foe Campbell on Saturday, earning a 3-2 win over the home-standing Fighting Camels in game one before falling 13-6 in game two at Taylor Field.
With the split Asheville moves to 17-21 overall and 6-9 in conference play while Campbell goes to 30-8 on the year with an 8-4 record in the Big South. With the game three win the Camels win the series with the Bulldogs, after earning the 4-3 game one victory on Friday.
Ryan Dull (2-4) earned the win in game one, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out seven batters. Ethan Steible picked up his fourth save of the season, tossing a shutout ninth inning. Drew Spear (2-3) took the loss in game two, giving up four runs (three earned) in two and two thirds innings.
Logan Self (3-2) was credited with the loss for Campbell in game one, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings of work. Andrew Jacobsen (4-0) stayed undefeated on the season with the win in game two, striking out five Bulldogs over six innings.
In game one Campbell took the early lead, plating a run in the third on a Cam'Ron Summers single. The Bulldogs took the lead in the top of the sixth, as Thomas Bess and Patrick Koontz each posted RBI singles in the frame.
The Camels would not trail for long, tying the game in the bottom of the sixth on a Bryce Grady single to left. After six complete the two teams were tied at two runs apiece.
The Bulldogs would load the bases in the top of the seventh and would take the lead on a Bess walk. Dillon Tabar would enter the game in relief in the bottom of the seventh and would pitch two scoreless innings to set up Steible, who closed out the game for Asheville.
Game two saw the Camels run out to a 7-2 lead over the first four innings. Asheville posted two runs in the fifth on a Billy Creighton two-RBI home run to left to cut the lead to 7-4, but the Camels would post two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to push their lead back to five runs.
Campbell then added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 12-4 lead heading into the seventh. Asheville could not get a rally going over the final three frames, falling by the final of 13-6.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday, when they travel to Cullowhee, N.C., to take on region rival Western Carolina in a midweek game. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.