ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Longwood defeated UNC Asheville 7-1 in Big South Conference baseball action at Greenwood Field Saturday evening behind a nearly complete game by starter Steven Farkas.
The series is now even at 1-1 with the rubber match coming Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs (20-28, 9-11 Big South) avoided the shutout when senior Justin Woods homered for the fifth time this season in his final at-bat of the game to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning.
Prior to that, Longwood (18-31, 6-14 Big South) scored five unearned runs in the first two innings, including one in the first and four in the second.
The game progressed scoreless for the next five and a half innings before the Lancers scored two more runs, one earned, in the top of the eighth to take a 7-0 lead.
Farkas (W, 2-2) ended the night having pitched eight and one third innings of one-run ball, scattering five hits to go along with five walks and eight strikeouts. It was the second game in a row that a Longwood pitcher had pitched at least eight innings.
For the Bulldogs, freshman left-hander Greg Gasparro (L, 3-4) worked the first five innings before giving way to Jesse Juday and Ryan Tapp. The trio of Bulldogs combined to strike out six batters while giving up just six hits and four walks.
At the plate, five different UNC Asheville players collected a hit, including the batters in the two, three, four and five holes.
On the other side, Longwood’s six hits also came from six different players, but Justin Mitchell ended the night with three runs batted in.
TOMORROW’S STARTERS: UNC Ashville will turn to senior left-hander Spencer Orr on Sunday. Orr will be making his 12th start and enters the game with a 3.50 ERA, 2-4 record and 60 strikeouts in 64.1 innings of work. Longwood will send Zach Potojecki to the bump first. Potojecki boasts 72 strikeouts on the year in 53.2 innings of work, but he has given up a team-high 20 extra-base hits.
SENIOR DAY: Prior to Saturday’s start, UNC Asheville recognized the five seniors on the team for their contributions to the program. Those seniors included Kyle Carruthers, Derek Smith, Justin Woods, Joe Tietjen and Spencer Orr.
MOTHER’S DAY: During the fourth inning of Sunday’s game, UNC Asheville will hold a special Mother’s Day recognition.
The Bulldogs and Lancers will conclude the series with the rubber match tomorrow, Sunday, May 14. The Mother’s Day game, and final home game of the season for UNC Asheville, will feature a 1 p.m. first pitch.
“We need to clean up our mistakes defensively if we expect a different outcome. Need to continue to work on staying flat and hit hard line drives and ground balls. I thought our pitchers competed tonight and did a good job of saving our bullpen. I am excited to see how we respond tomorrow with the quick turnaround.” – Scott Friedholm
Story Credit: UNC Asheville