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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Most of UNC Asheville's nine baseball players partaking in summer ball have completed their season with just two left competing as most of the leagues have either ended their seasons or are wrapping up their playoffs soon. All nine returners for 2018 gained valuable experience for the upcoming season and helped their teams tremendously.

Nick Boyles
Team: Bismarck Larks
League: Northwoods League, North Division
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Website: NorthwoodsLeague.com/Bismarck-Larks
Boyles made 13 appearances on the mound for the Bismarck Larks, pitching 22.2 innings. He struck out 17 batters compared to giving up 12 walks and 11 earned runs. He ended the summer with a 4.36 ERA, 3-2 record and five saves.

Tanner Bush
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Bush played in seven games for the Owls batted .231 for the summer. In his time with the Owls, he went 6-of-26 with seven runs scored, two extra-base knocks, one RBI and was a perfect 7-for-7 on the base paths. He was named the team's Owl of the Week on June 12 as he batted .467 with seven runs scored, five stolen bases and a home run the week prior.

Andrew Friedholm
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Friedholm saw action in 19 games, making 18 starts for the Owls as their backstop. He batted .167 with eight hits and seven runs scored. Four of his hits were doubles to go along with a home run. He boasted nine runs batted in and a .313 slugging percentage with a .369 on-base percentage.

Kole Harris
Team: Woodstock River Bandits
League: Shenandoah Valley League, North Division
Location: Woodstock, Va.
Website: WoodstockRiverBandits.org
Harris ended his summer with the Woodstock River Bandits batting .148 in 28 games. He registered nine hits on the summer to go along with 11 runs scored. He batted in seven runs, drew 18 walks and stole six bases. His best game of the summer saw him go 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored against the Express on July 16.

Brandon Lankford
Team: Bismarck Larks
League: Northwoods League, North Division
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Website: NorthwoodsLeague.com/Bismarck-Larks
Lankford, who started the summer with the Haysville Aviators out of the Jayhawk Collegiate League, has played in 20 games for the Bismarck Larks with the end of the season approaching. He is currently batting .156 with 10 hits, six runs scored and nine RBIs. Four of his hits have been doubles and he has one home run. While with the Aviators, Lankford, UNC Asheville's Freshman All-American, batted .240 in 12 games with 12 hits, nine runs scored, seven extra-base knocks and 13 runs batted in. Between the two teams, he is batting .192 with 23 runs batted in, 15 runs scored, eight doubles and four home runs.

Carmine Pagano
Team: Sanford Mainers
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: Sanford, Maine
Website: SanfordMainers.com
Pagano saw action in 39 games this season for the Sanford Mainers. He ended the season batting .171 with 19 hits, 10 runs scored and eight runs batted in. Of his 19 hits on the year, seven went for extra bases, including five doubles and two home runs. He drew 10 walks and boasted two sac flies and three sacrifice hits. Pagano boasted five multi-hit games this summer and finished the season with at least one hit in the final three games. In the final stretch, he went 5-for-10 (.500) with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and a walk while striking out just once. In the field, he helped turn three double plays.

Tyler Serricchio
Team: Lake Norman Copperheads
League: Southern Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Cornelius, N.C.
Website: Lake Norman Copperheads - PointStreak Site
Serricchio ended his summer having played 20 games for the Lake Norman Copperheads. During his stint with the Copperheads, Serricchio batted .208 with 11 hits, seven runs scored, two doubles, one home run and three runs batted in. From June 30 to July 7, Serricchio had a stretch of five games where he garnered at least one hit, going 7-for-16 (.438) in the stretch with two multi-hit games and two extra-base hits. In total, Serricchio registered a hit in nine games with his best two performances coming against the Athletics. In both contests, he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. In the second meeting, a 7-4 win on July 1, Serricchio also batted in three runs and blasted a home run.

Chris Troost
Team: Southampton Breakers
League: Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Southampton, N.Y.
Website: Southampton Breakers - PointStreak Site
Troost appeared in four games for the Southampton Breakers, batting .250 with three hits, two runs scored, a double and two walks drawn. He also batted in a run.

Danny Wilson
Team: Wilmington Sharks
League: Coastal Plain League, East Division
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
Website: WilmingtonSharks.com
Wilson, who started the summer with the Lexington County Blowfish, joined the Wilmington Sharks to finish out the summer, staying in the Coastal Plains League. The Sharks are currently still in the thick of the playoffs, having won the first of a three-game series with the Edenton Steamers for a chance to claim the East Division and advance to the league's Petitt Cup Championship Series. In his time with the Sharks, Wilson has batted .233 in 21 games, making 17 starts. He has 14 hits to his credit to go along with 11 runs scored, two home runs, a double and 10 runs batted in. He is currently slugging .350 with a .299 on-base percentage and is 2-for-2 in stolen bases. He has 26 putouts in the field and 40 assists as he plays second base for Wilmington. Prior to the move to Wilmington, Wilson started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in for the Blowfish. He batted .276 with eight hits, four runs scored, three runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .400. He drew five walks and boasted 26 putouts and eight assists in the field. For the summer, Wilson is batting a combined .247 with 15 runs scored and 13 runs batted in to go along with four extra base hits.


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2016-17 Big South Presidential Honor Roll

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville athletics department placed 72.11 percent of its eligible 190 student-athletes to the prestigious annual Big South Presidential Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year.

"Sometimes I think what our student-athletes are doing in the classroom is lost in all of the great things they are doing athletically for our University," UNC Asheville Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone said. "Their efforts athletically are just a small part of the story as these numbers show. We truly have student-athletes here at UNC Asheville that value and champion pursing greatness with their academic, athletic and lifelong goals."

The 2016-17 athletic year overall for UNC Asheville saw the Bulldogs excel in not only their respective sports, but also in their efforts in the community, and particularly, the classroom.

The proof is in the numbers.

During the fall of 2016, 70 percent (156 of 223) of the UNC Asheville student-athletes earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the semester. In addition, 73 Bulldog student-athletes finished the fall semester with a GPA of 3.5 or higher with 17 Asheville student-athletes collecting a perfect 4.0 GPA.

The combined GPA for the athletics department at UNC Asheville during the fall 2016 semester was an impressive 3.198.

The 2017 spring semester finished with the 211 Bulldog student-athletes enrolled for the semester closing out the academic year with a combined 3.315 grade-point average for the spring semester.

In fact, 77 percent (163 of 211) of the UNC Asheville student-athletes earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2017 spring semester to be placed on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll.

In addition, 76 UNC Asheville student-athletes concluded the spring semester with a GPA of 3.5 or higher to be placed on the Dean's List. A total of 21 Bulldog student-athletes claimed a spot on the Chancellor's List with a perfect 4.0 for the semester.

Overall for the 2016-17 athletic year, the combined GPA for UNC Asheville student-athletes was 3.247.

The core mission of UNC Asheville athletics is for its student-athletes to be not only champions in athletics, but also leaders in life, and a total of 42 Bulldog student-athletes (seven in December of 2016 and 35 in May of 2017) took complete advantage of their opportunity to thrive in their athletic and academic endeavors by officially graduating from the University during the 2016-17 athletic year.

UNC Asheville women's swimming competes in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association and are not eligible for the Big South Conference Honor Roll, which is why the number of student-athletes is 190. Bulldog swimming is also extremely stout in the classroom though as the program garnered Scholar All-America Team honors from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the 10th consecutive semester in late June.

In total, the Big South Conference placed 1,784 out of 2,986 student-athletes -- an all-time high of 59.75 percent -- on its prestigious annual Presidential Honor Roll for the 2016-17 academic year, it was announced Wednesday, Aug. 26, by Big South Conference Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander.

To be named to the Presidential Honor Roll, student-athletes must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the recently-completed academic year. The 59.75 percentage marks the third consecutive year above 50 percent.

High Point University led all Big South institutions for the third straight year, as HPU had 77.83 percent of its 230 student-athletes on the Presidential Honor Roll -- one of seven members to have at least 60 percent on the list. UNC Asheville placed just behind as noted with 72.11 percent of its 190 student-athletes on the list, while Gardner-Webb University had 67.13 percent of its 356 student-athletes among the honorees. Also surpassing the 60 percent threshold was Winthrop University (66.42%), Radford University (65.95%), Campbell University (63.74%) and Presbyterian College (63.54%).

In addition, 135 student-athletes achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2016-17, and each of the Big South's 19 sponsored sports had at least one 4.0 student.

To learn more about UNC Asheville athletics, please visit uncabulldogs.com. For a sport-by-sport breakdown of total honorees and 4.0 student-athletes in each sport, visit www.BigSouthSports.com.


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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – With the month of June in the books and the month of July just gearing up, UNC Asheville's 10 baseball players taking part in summer ball have been busy so far this summer gaining valuable experience that will prepare them for the 2018 season.

Nick Boyles
Team: Bismarck Larks
League: Northwoods League, North Division
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Website: NorthwoodsLeague.com/Bismarck-Larks
Boyles has made eight appearances on the mound for the Larks, pitching 8.0 innings. He has struck out seven batters compared to giving up two walks and five earned runs. He currently holds a 5.62 ERA and 1-2 record to go along with three saves.

Tanner Bush
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Bush has played in seven games for the Owls and is batting .231 for the summer. The Owls are currently 21-10 and in fourth place of the West standings of the Coastal Plain League. In his time with the Owls, he has gone 6-of-26 with seven runs scored, two extra-base knocks, one RBI and is a perfect 7-for-7 on the base paths. He was named the team's Owl of the Week on June 12 as he batted .467 with seven runs scored, five stolen bases and a home run the week prior.

Andrew Friedholm
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Friedholm has seen action in 11 games so far for the Owls, batting .160 with 10 starts. The Owls are currently 21-10 and in fourth place of the West standings of the Coastal Plain League. He has four hits and four runs scored on the season with three of those hits being doubles and the other a home run. He has six runs batted in and is slugging .400 with a .400 on-base percentage.

Kole Harris
Team: Woodstock River Bandits
League: Shenandoah Valley League, North Division
Location: Woodstock, Va.
Website: WoodstockRiverBandits.org
Harris is currently batting .147 in 17 games this summer for the Bandits. He has five hits and seven runs scored and has batted in six runs. He has swiped five bases and has a sac bunt.

Brandon Lankford
Team: Bismarck Larks
League: Northwoods League, North Division
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Website: NorthwoodsLeague.com/Bismarck-Larks
Lankford, who started the summer with the Haysville Aviators out of the Jayhawk Collegiate League, has played in nine games for the Bismark Larks. He is currently batting .111 with three hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Two of his hits have been doubles. While with the Aviators, Lankford, UNC Asheville's Freshman All-American, batted .240 in 12 games with 12 hits, nine runs scored, seven extra-base knocks and 13 runs batted in. Between the two teams, he is batting .209 with 14 runs batted in, 10 runs scored, five doubles and three home runs.

Carmine Pagano
Team: Sanford Mainers
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: Sanford, Maine
Website: SanfordMainers.com
Pagano has seen action in 21 games this season for the Sanford Mainers. He is currently batting .150 with nine hits, four runs scored and eight runs batted in. Of his nine hits, five have been for extra bases, including three doubles and two home runs. He has drawn eight walks and has two sac flies and a pair of sacrifice hits. He has helped turn a double play in the field.

Tyler Serricchio
Team: Lake Norman Copperheads
League: Southern Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Cornelius, N.C.
Website: Lake Norman Copperheads - PointStreak Site
Serricchio has played in 11 games for the Lake Norman Copperheads. He is currently batting .265 with nine hits and seven runs scored. He has three extra-base knocks on the year, including two doubles and a home run. He has drawn three walks.

Ryan Tapp
Team: North Adams SteepleCats
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: North Adams, Mass.
Website: Steeplecats.PointStreakSites.com
Tapp has made five starts on the mound for the SteepleCats this summer. He has pitched 21.0 innings and has 16 strikeouts to his credit. He is 1-2 on the year with a 4.71 ERA.

Chris Troost
Team: Southampton Breakers
League: Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Southampton, N.Y.
Website: Southampton Breakers - PointStreak Site
Troost has appeared in four games for the Breakers, batting .250 with three hits, two runs scored, a double and two walks drawn. He has also batted in a run.

Danny Wilson
Team: Wilmington Sharks
League: Coastal Plain League, East Division
Location: Wilmington, N.C.
Website: WilmingtonSharks.com
Wilson, who started the summer with the Lexington County Blowfish, has joined the Wilmington Sharks to finish out the summer, staying in the Coastal Plains League. He has made three starts with the Sharks and is currently batting .111 with a hit, two runs scored and four runs batted in. His lone hit in Wilmington so far has been a home run. He has also drawn three walks and has seven assists as he is playing second base. Prior to the move to Wilmington, Wilson had started 10 of the 11 games he appeared in for the Blowfish. He was batting .276 with eight hits, four runs scored, three runs batted in and an on-base percentage of .400. He drew five walks and boasted 26 putouts and eight assists in the field. For the summer, Wilson is batting a combined .237 with six runs scored and seven runs batted in.


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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville head baseball coach Scott Friedholm announced Wednesday the addition of 10 signees for the 2018 season as part of his staff's third recruiting class.

Of the 10 players, five hail from North Carolina, two from Florida, one from New Jersey, one from Tennessee and one from Virginia. The group includes seven fresh arms to strengthen the pitching corps with two being two-way players, a pair of middle infielders and one outfielder.

The signees include Curtis "Tripp" Barfield (Washington, N.C. – Washington), Samuel "Hunter" Burnette (Weaverville, N.C. – North Buncombe), Terry "Trey" Campbell, III (Aldie, Va. – Riverside), Joseph "Jake" Catalano (Southampton, N.J. – St. Augustine Prep), Anthony Cuozzi (High Point, N.C. – Ledford), Julius "McKinnon" Garner (Charlotte, N.C. – Ardrey Kell), James "Trey" Jernigan, III (Greenville, N.C. – North Pitt), Beau Nichols (Lithia, Fla. – Newsome), Ethan Tressler (Gallatin, Tenn. – Davidson Academy) and Cody Wilson (Valrico, Fla. – Bloomingdale Senior).

"Coming off a successful season, we're excited to add 10 more guys into our program and for them to get here to start working," Friedholm said. "During the recruiting process, we have learned that all of these guys share the same work ethic, values and goals that fit our program and what we are trying to do here. Jonathan Johnston and Chris Bresnahan have done a great job with our recruiting and have put in a lot of time to not just find good ball players, but to find the right guys that fit our program. We are excited to have them join us this fall and expect each and every one of them to come in and contribute almost immediately. They have a great opportunity, now it is up to them to come in and take advantage of it."
 
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Tripp Barfield
6-0 | RHP | Washington, N.C. (Washington HS)
Barfield is a 6-foot right-handed pitcher out of Washington High School where he played for Kevin Legget. He is rated as the No. 50 right-handed pitcher in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game and is ranked the No. 120 overall player in the state of North Carolina by MaxPreps. A six-time letterwinner for the Pack, Barfield ended his senior year with a 7-1 record and boasted a 1.14 ERA. He struck out 58 batters compared to just 16 walks and pitched 55.1 innings. For his efforts, he was an honorable mention for the 2017 WDN Male Athlete of the Year. He was also a two-time Eastern Plains Conference (EPC) All-Conference honoree and was the runner up for Jr. Legion Area 1 MVP in 2014. He played fall ball for the Carolina Cubs and head coach Richie Seaton. He also earned six varsity letters in football.

Coach Friedholm on Barfield – "Tripp is a good, strike-throwing righty that will add depth to our pitching staff this coming year. He's a good athlete that we expect will come in and compete from day-one and he gives us an arm that should give us plenty of innings."
 
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Hunter Burnette
6-0 | RHP | Weaverville, N.C. (North Buncombe HS)
A 6-foot right-hander, Burnette doesn't have far to go as he comes to Asheville from North Buncombe High School where he earned three varsity letters for the Black Hawks. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Perfect Game Tournament in Lake Point, Ga., in the summer of 2016. He graduated with distinct academic honors. He played his fall ball for the RBI Tri-Cities and head coach Ryan White.

Coach Friedholm on Burnette – "Hunter is a local guy who is very athletic. He didn't play his senior year, but we have no doubt that when he gets on campus he will be healthy and ready to go. He has the ability to change his arm angle and that makes him a very deceptive threat on the mound."
 
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Trey Campbell
5-11 | OF | Aldie, Va. (Riverside HS)
Campbell is a 5-11 outfielder who comes to UNC Asheville from Riverside High School where he earned three varsity letters for head coach Sam Plank and the Rams. Ranked the No. 11 outfielder in the state of Virginia by Perfect Game, he batted .375 as a senior with a .576 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage. He was named his team's MVP both as a junior (2016) and senior (2017) and was a two-time All-Conference first-team selection both of those years. He was twice named to the All-Loudoun County first team in 2016 and 2017 and was a first-team All-Region and All-State selection as a senior. He led the Rams to the 2017 Conference 28 crown as well as the 2017 Region AAA East title with their season coming to a close in the state title game where they were runners-up. Equally strong in the classroom, Campbell was a four-time honor roll student. He played his fall ball for the Marrucci Stars and head coach Carson Carrol.

Coach Friedholm on Campbell – "Trey is the only true outfielder we took in this class and is our first guy from Virginia since we've been here. With the departure of three senior outfielders, he will have a great opportunity to come in right away and contribute. He has some big shoes to fill out there, but we think that he will be up for the challenge and will also bring us a solid bat to the plate."
 
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Jake Catalano
6-0 | RHP/OF | Southampton, N.J. (St. Augustine Prep)
Catalano is a 6-foot two-way player who is both a right-handed pitcher and also has played shortstop and outfield during his time at St. Augustine Prep where he played for head coach Mike Bylone. The No. 18-ranked player in the state of New Jersey by MaxPreps and ranked the No. 27 right-handed pitcher in the state by Perfect Game, he earned three varsity letters and batted .402 (41-102) with five doubles, 12 runs batted in and 30 runs scored in 2017. For his career, he batted .373 with 81 hits. Catalano was a two-time All-Conference second-team honoree and was named a Perfect Game Underclass Honorable Mention in both 2015 and 2016. He was named a Perfect Game Northeast Region Honorable Mention as a senior. He helped guide his team to the Diamond Classic crown as well as back-to-back South Jersey State championships. He also played basketball for the Hermits and was a four-time Deans List honoree in the classroom. Catalano played his fall ball for the South Jersey Young Guns and head coach Pat Fisher.

Coach Friedholm on Catalano – "Jake is a two-way guy that we are excited about. He comes from a very successful high school program, so he knows what it takes to win and to win at a high level. He will have a great opportunity to earn playing time in the outfield as we have three big holes to fill there, but he will also see his chances on the mound pretty early on."
 
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Anthony Cuozzi
5-8 | INF | High Point, N.C. (Ledford HS)
A 5-8 middle infielder out of Ledford High School, Cuozzi played for head coach Chris Adams and the Panthers. He is ranked the No. 22 overall player in North Carolina by MaxPreps and is the No. 25 middle infielder in the state according to Perfect Game. As a senior in 2017, he batted .453 with a .543 on-base percentage and 31 runs scored en route to earning All-Conference honors. For his career, he boasted a .400 batting average. During his senior campaign, Cuozzi led the Panthers to the "sweet-16" of the state tournament after helping guide the team to the "final four" the season prior. He played his fall ball for NC Golden Spikes and head coach Scott Bankhead.

Coach Friedholm on Cuozzi – "Anthony is a switch-hitting middle infielder who will provide a great amount of raw ability at multiple positions. He can fill in at numerous spots for us and his bat will be a big addition for us this coming year."
 
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McKinnon Garner
5-11 | INF | Charlotte, N.C. (Ardrey Kell HS)
Garner, a 5-11 middle infielder, comes to Asheville from Ardrey Kell where he played for head coach Hal Bagwell. A three-time letterwinner for the Knights, he batted .390 as a senior and is ranked as the No. 12 middle infielder in the state of North Carolina by Perfect Game and the No. 72 overall player in the state by MaxPreps. An All-Conference honoree, he led his team to two conference championships. Garner played his fall ball for On Deck and head coach Lindo Javelona.
 
Coach Friedholm on Garner – "McKinnon is very good defensively and gives has the ability to play three different position in the infield for us. He's a lefty hitter who will also bring in a solid bat for us offensively."
 
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Trey Jernigan
6-3 | RHP | Greenville, N.C. (North Pitt HS)
Jernigan is a 6-3 right-handed pitcher who comes to UNC Asheville from North Pitt where he played for head coach Ryan Meadows and the Panthers. A four-year letterman, Jernigan pitched 68.1 innings, including making nine starts, as a senior. He posted a 2.15 ERA with 92 strikeouts compared to just nine walks and boasted a .966 WHIP in 947 total pitches. He helped the Panthers win 69 games over his four years and the team made the state playoffs all four years, including advancing to the second round in both 2015 and 2016. A two-time All-Conference first-team selection as both a junior and senior, he was named to the All-State First Team in 2017 and was named North Pitt's MVP following his senior campaign. He also won the Joe Rawls Memorial Baseball Award as a senior in 2017 and was named an All-County Honorable Mention as a junior in 2016. In the classroom, Jernigan was named North Pitt's Male Scholar Athlete as a senior with a 4.5 GPA. He also played for Post 39 Legion Team in the summer of 2016 with the squad advancing to the Legion State Championship.

Coach Friedholm on Jernigan – "Trey is a very athletic pitcher who throws a good slider and sinker. He's a bit of a late bloomer, but he had an excellent senior year. If he can continue to show the same improvement once he gets here, there is no doubt he'll be contributing for us this year."
 
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Beau Nichols
6-0 | RHP | Lithia, Fla. (Newsome HS)
A 6-foot right-handed pitcher, Nichols played his high school ball at Newsome for head coach Dick Rohrberg. A four-time varsity letterwinner, Nichols threw a perfect game on Thursday, April 13, 2017, as he led the Wolves to a 4-0 Class 9A-District 8 win over Palm Harbor University. He struck out 12 batters in the contest. As a senior in 2017, he boasted a 9-3 record and a 0.68 ERA in 71.2 innings of work that saw him strike out 80 batters while giving up just seven earned runs. As a junior in 2016, he boasted a 1.39 ERA to go along with a 6-1 record as he struck out 66 batters in 50.2 innings of work. Ranked the No. 137 player in the state of Florida by MaxPreps, he was named to the district tournament All-Tournament team and was selected to play in the Florida High School All-Star Game. He played his fall ball for Ostingers Baseball Academy and head coach Jim Osting with the team reaching a national ranking of fifth.

Coach Friedholm on Nichols – "Beau is a right-hander who will have a chance to come in and compete for pitching time on the weekends. The ability he has shown to command three pitches will give us a chance to win and will serve him very well as he continues to develop."
 
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Ethan Tressler
5-11 | RHP | Gallatin, Tenn. (Davidson Academy)
Tressler is a 5-11 fight-handed pitcher from Davidson Academy where he played for head coach Dennis Winn. The 2017 Division II-A Mr. Baseball for the state of Tennessee, he earned three varsity letters while posting a 17-4 record for his career with a 2.10 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 147 innings of work and is ranked as the No. 36 overall player in the state of Tennessee by both MaxPreps and Perfect Game. As a senior in 2017, he went 8-1 in 57.2 innings of work that saw him boast a 1.09 ERA and 72 strikeouts compared to just 10 walks. He was a part of two shutouts on the year, including pitching a complete game on Thursday, May 11, 2017, where he struck out 10 batters compared to giving up just three hits. At the plate, he batted .411 with 44 hits, 13 doubles, two home runs, a triple, 31 runs batted in and a .607 slugging percentage. For his career, he batted .390 in 85 games with 97 hits, 20 doubles, five home runs, 68 RBIs and a .554 slugging percentage. On top of his Mr. Baseball honor, Tressler was a two-time All-District selection as well as a two-time All-Region honoree and earned two Perfect Game WWBA All-Tournament Team honors. As a senior in 2017, he was named his district's MVP as well as a Senior All-Star Classic Team Member and Farm Bureau All-Midstate Baseball Player of the Year Finalist. As a junior in 2016, he was named to the 2016 Tennessee Baseball Report All-State 2-Way Team and was named the Davidson Academy Team MVP in 2016. He led the Bears to three district crowns, three sub-state tournament appearances and one "final four" appearance. The Bears were also the region runners-up twice. Away from the field, Tressler was a member of Davidson's National Honor Society, serving as the treasurer, as well as a member of the National Student Leadership Council. He earned Headmaster's List honors and was a three-time Principal's List honoree. He also won the Forensic Science Award, DE American History Award, AP Comparative Government and Politics Award and the DE Psychology Award. He played his fall ball for the Crosshit Baseball Academy and head coach Jacob Westerhouse.

Coach Friedholm on Tressler – "We are very excited to add Ethan to our pitching staff because he is just an athletic right-hander. He is another multiple arm slot guy who will see plenty of innings at the back end of games out of the bullpen early and we are confident he will come in from the start and compete."
 
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Cody Wilson
5-10 | INF/RHP | Valrico, Fla. (Bloomindale Senior High School)
A 5-10 middle infielder and right-handed pitcher, Wilson comes to UNC Asheville after earning four varsity letters at Bloomindale Senior for head coach Kris Wilken. Ranked as the No. 37 shortstop in the state of Florida by Perfect Game, he boasted a .275 batting average for his career as well as a .399 on-base percentage. He notched 393 hits for his career and had 53 RBIs, 43 runs scored and 67 stolen bases. As a senior in 2017, he batted .288 with an on-base percentage of .392. He scored 19 runs and registered 19 hits, including four doubles and two home runs, to go along with 23 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He led the Bulls to the 2014 region crown as well as the state championship game. He played his fall ball for Ostingers Baseball Academy and head coach Jimmy Osting.

Coach Friedholm on Wilson – "Cody is another two-way guy who has a chance to do some different things for us early on. He will have opportunities to come out of the bullpen late in games early in the year, but he is also a versatile infielder that can play three different positions and should compete for a spot there as well."


UNC Asheville put together an impressive run in 2017 and ended the season in the semifinal round of the Big South Conference Championship, accomplishing something that a Bulldog team had not done since the 2007 season: win two games in the postseason conference tourney to advance to the semifinal round.

The Bulldogs collected 25 wins on the year, tied for sixth-most in program history and the most since the 2004 team won 26. Along the way, the Bulldogs were never swept and won critical games by answering the call just about every day. Friedholm and staff stand to return 21 players next season.


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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville head baseball coach Scott Friedholm has a plan for the future of the Bulldogs. It includes goals and marks for the short term, the long term and everything in between.

But sometimes you get ahead of the plan and that can be a good thing.

The 2017 season was a great representation of how that can happen as the Bulldogs made a great late-season run into the semifinal round of the Big South Conference Championship Presented by Hardee's after finishing tied for fifth in the regular-season standings. They made a lot of strides both on and off the field, those that can be quantified and those that are harder to see.

They did it after being tabbed to finish last in the preseason conference coaches poll back in February.

"I think we certainly took some steps forward as a program," Friedholm said. "Obviously it's nice to see results in the form of wins vs. losses, the conference tournament appearance and a couple of conference tournament wins, but I also think we took a step forward off the field in putting priorities in place and setting a culture and a tone for what we want this program to be.

"But that puts a lot of pressure on the returning players," Friedholm continued. "The guys that are coming back and those that are coming in need to continue to have a strong work ethic and not be satisfied with what we did this year. Now that they got a taste of what it is like to play in the postseason, hopefully they will work even harder to get back there and try to have some more success. A good way to look at it is to look at what some mid-majors are doing around the country this year and what they have done in the past. Obviously you don't have to look too far within our own league as Coastal Carolina won the national championship last year. But you also look at a team like Davidson this year winning a regional over a very good North Carolina team and we look at that as, 'Why can't that be us in the coming years?'"

In 2017, UNC Asheville did some great things on the field that were pretty obvious to those who have followed the program for some time. The Bulldogs made the conference tournament for the first time since 2012, won a game in the tournament for the first time since 2008 and took it another step further by winning multiple games in the tournament for the first time since 2007. They also won the sixth-most games in program history with 25 wins on the year.

But the successes and strides forward go even deeper as the Bulldogs were not swept in any weekend series during the regular season, the first time that has ever happened for the program. And with the Bulldogs' win over Liberty in an elimination game of the conference tourney, UNC Asheville can boast that they were the only Big South Conference team to beat every other program in the conference at least once in 2017. That's hard to do for any team no matter the conference.

"It's a great tribute to our guys and the work they put in all season," Friedholm said. "If you look around the country, I would say there are only a handful of teams that did not get swept and even fewer that beat every team in their league. It shows that our guys, when they go out and play good baseball, they can win any weekend and it doesn't matter who we are playing. Hopefully it's more than one game on a weekend, but you give yourself a great chance to make a postseason run when you aren't being swept."

During the season, the Bulldogs took series wins over Iona, UMBC and Longwood at home and also claimed road series over Presbyterian and Campbell as well as won two-of-three in Spartanburg in the second weekend of the season. The Bulldogs also posted a winning record at home (12-11) for the first time since 2012.

The 2017 Bulldogs went 11-13 in Big South Conference action, finishing tied for fifth in the league standings to earn the No. 6 seed in the league tournament. The 11 wins in conference action were the most since the Bulldogs won 12 league games in 2012.

Statistically, the Bulldogs saw a 10-year low in errors in the field and posted a 10-year high in fielding percentage as a team while the Bulldog outfielders are currently second in the nation for outfield assists with 18. The Bulldogs also caught 33 runners attempting to steal on them, a 10-year high. UNC Asheville's pitching corps continued to make strides as they combined for a 6.05 team ERA, the lowest under Friedholm's watch, and struck out 365 batters, the most in the last 10 campaigns. On offense, the Bulldogs posted the most stolen bases (56) since the 2010 team swiped 58 and had the most extra-base knocks (134) since the 2008 team recorded 178.

"It goes back to what we talked about all season and that is we played much better defense this year," Friedholm said. "There were stretches within the year where we got a little sloppy, but overall our defense was a step better this year and that's a tribute to Chris Bresnahan and what he does with our middle infielders, what Tyler Hinchliffe did with our outfielders and pitchers and what Jonathan Johnston does with our catchers and our offense. Our pitchers now know they can pitch to contact and our defense is going to make most of the routine plays for them. When our pitchers know that, there's a new confidence in them that if they throw more strikes and pitch to contact, the outcome is probably going to be better for them as well."

And they made those improvements with a very young team that featured as many as eight underclassmen in the lineup at any given time.

"The freshmen now have that experience of playing collegiate baseball and playing in some big situations and big games like conference weekends, the conference tournament, going on the road to N.C. State and nationally-ranked North Carolina, those types of environments," Friedholm said. "But it's also huge for our sophomores because they now have a year of teaching under their belts and while they will have to do it all over again next year, they won't have to do it by themselves. They'll have this year's freshmen helping them, so we'll have 18 to 21 guys helping 10 freshmen next year as opposed to six sophomores helping seven freshmen."

Granted, the Bulldogs will miss four key pieces from this season's team. While the youngsters stepped up big throughout the season when called upon, four seniors were essential in making the tournament this year and winning the 25 games. Joe Tietjen, Kyle Carruthers, Justin Woods and Spencer Orr all wrapped up solid careers with the Bulldogs and Friedholm recognizes what the quartet did on the field, in the dugout and in the locker room.

"What they did is hard. They committed to play for one staff and then had to play for a whole new staff after just their first year," Friedholm said. "They were all sophomores when we came in to the program, but they all got better which is a tribute to them and their hard work. Joe Tietjen didn't play a whole lot as a freshman before we got here and he then became our starting right fielder and then center fielder and was consistently batting in the three or four hole. He wrapped up a really good career for us and his accolades speak for themselves. Justin Woods revamped himself during his time. He was a third baseman when our staff got here and he also played a little bit of first base, but he found a place for himself in the outfield and turned himself into a pretty good relief pitcher as well. Kyle Carruthers, if you look at his numbers, they just kept getting better year by year. Again, his work with J.J. showed over each season. Then Spencer Orr went from being a relief pitcher our first year to a midweek starter to our most consistent starting pitcher this season. He gave us a chance to win every time he was out on the mound. Those guys will be missed, but hopefully they're confident in what they've left here as far as the culture that will continue on. Obviously there's still more work to do with that, but hopefully we'll continue to make those strides and move forward."

Following the season, Tietjen was named an honorable mention All-Big South player – the second all-conference nod of his career – and earned his second straight Big South Conference All-Academic Team honor. On top of that, freshman Brandon Lankford was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball News, a first for the program since 2004, and earned Big South Championship All-Tournament honors for his efforts during the tourney. During the season, freshman Chris Troost was named the Big South's first-ever Freshman of the Week and Lankford earned the honor the following week.

And all season, the Bulldogs kept things in perspective by raising over $9,500 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation, one of the highest totals since the Bulldogs began raising donations for the cause. UNC Asheville finished the year ninth in the nation amongst teams that participated in funds raised with much of the money staying in Asheville and going to Mission Health to help local children battling cancer as well as their families.

"That is a well beyond the realm of what we're trying to do here," Friedholm said. "We're just trying to win a few baseball games, but our guys have taken charge of this head on and made it our mission to see how much we can raise to help not only the hospital itself in building a new room for kids in that age range of 12 to 14 years old that are battling this disease, but also their families. Cancer affects every one of us, we all have a story about it. These kids and families are being hit way too early, but to see how they react and battle, it's life changing for everyone on our team. These kids are battling but are able to smile and they go in upbeat and positive and we like to be able to help them out."

With all the different forms of success and change that happened around the team in 2017, it's easy to see the upward trend that the program is on. It has Friedholm and his staff excited for next season and future seasons as they continue to build on the plan they have laid out.


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TUCSON, Ariz. – UNC Asheville baseball freshman third baseman Brandon Lankford can add All-American to his résumé as he was named to the 2017 Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American Team as announced Wednesday morning.

"Congratulations to Brandon on this incredible achievement," head baseball coach Scott Friedholm said. "He worked hard this year with assistant coach Jonathan Johnston on his offense and assistant coach Chris Bresnahan defensively to put himself in this spot. We hope, as a program, this is only the tip of the iceberg for what's to come for him."

Lankford becomes the fifth Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American in program history and first since David Williams earned the honor in 2004. He also joins Israel Victor (2002), Grant Rembert (2002) and Aaron Rembert (2000) as Bulldogs earning the honor.

He joins Radford's Spencer Horwitz (first base) and Campbell's Matthew Barefoot (outfield) as the three representatives from the Big South Conference in the honor.

Last month, Lankford ended his freshman campaign by earning Big South Baseball Championship All-Tournament honors, becoming the first Bulldog to earn the plaudit since the 2006 season. He was also named the second-ever Big South Conference Come Ready Nutrition Freshman of the Week on Feb. 27.

For the year, Lankford batted .268 in 56 games, notching a team-high 55 hits, including 15 doubles and 10 home runs, both also team highs. He scored 37 runs and batted in 46 himself, also a team-best, and slugged .448 for the season. In the field, Lankford boasted 53 putouts and 76 assists.

Lankford's 46 RBIs was tied for sixth-most in the Big South this season while his 15 doubles and 10 home runs were both tied for fourth-most in the league.

Lankford started his collegiate career in fine form as he registered a hit in the first 12 games of his career, including five multi-hit performances. In his first 12 games, he had 10 games with at least one RBI and batted in multiple runs in four of those games, including three in the first game of a three-game series against UMBC at home on March 10.

In total, he registered 14 multi-hit games and ended the season on a five-game hitting streak. He batted in multiple runs in 11 contests and had three RBIs in three games.

In the Bulldogs' four games at Lexington County Baseball Stadium as part of the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship, Lankford batted .313 – going 5-for-16 as he garnered a hit in all four games – with four runs batted in, three runs scored and a home run. The freshman slugged .500 and was perfect in the field with four putouts and five assists.

Lankford's best game of the tournament came in the Bulldogs' elimination game on the morning of Saturday, May 27, against Gardner-Webb. He batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Runnin' Bulldogs. The day before, Lankford lifted UNC Asheville to a 2-1 win over No. 2 seed Liberty in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer.

UNC Asheville baseball's season came to an end on Saturday, May 27, as the sixth-seeded Bulldogs fell 7-2 to fifth-seeded and 2017 Big South Champion Radford in the semifinal round of the league tournament.

The Bulldogs (25-32) put together an impressive run this season and did something that a Bulldog team had not accomplished since the 2007 season: win two games in the postseason conference tourney to advance to the semifinal round.

UNC Asheville saw its season come to an end with 25 wins on the year, tied for sixth-most in program history and the most since the 2004 team won 26. Along the way, the Bulldogs were never swept and won critical games by answering the call just about every day.

Lankford is one of 21 players who stand to return next season for the Bulldogs and Friedholm. He is playing summer ball for the Haysville Aviators in the Jayhawk Baseball League.


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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – While summer time is the perfect time for many college students to catch up on some rest, for some collegiate student-athletes it is the perfect time to do just the opposite: put in more work on their craft to get better for next season.

Summer league baseball is the perfect opportunity for some student-athletes to hone their craft under the guidance of different coaches, in a new setting, while working out with players from all over the country.

UNC Asheville baseball will have 10 players who will have benefitted from that experience come the fall as rising seniors Nick Boyles and Tanner Bush, rising juniors Carmine Pagano, Danny Wilson, Andrew Friedholm and Ryan Tapp as well as rising sophomores Kole Harris, Chris Troost, Brandon Lankford and Tyler Serricchio are all playing summer ball.

As the summer progresses, UNC Asheville will post updates about the 10 and how their seasons are progressing.

Nick Boyles
Team: Bismarck Larks
League: Northwoods League, North Division
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Website: NorthwoodsLeague.com/Bismarck-Larks
Boyles made 26 appearances on the mound this season for the Bulldogs, second on the team. He will play this summer for the Bismarck Larks. The Larks' season began with back-to-back home games on Tuesday, May 30, and Wednesday, May 31, against the Eau Claire Express. The Larks won the opener 2-1 Tuesday before falling last night 8-3.
 
Tanner Bush
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Bush, a speedster on the base paths who spent time in left field this season for UNC Asheville, will be playing for the Forest City Owls this season. The Owls, who play in the Coastal Plain League, began the season on Tuesday, May 30, with a home game against the Savannah Bananas, winning in walk-off fashion 2-1.

Andrew Friedholm
Team: Forest City Owls
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Forest City, N.C.
Website: ForestCityBaseball.com
Friedholm, the Bulldogs reliable backstop for 36 games, will be joining Bush just down the road from Asheville in Forest City. The Owls, who play in the Coastal Plain League, began the season on Tuesday, May 30, with a home game against the Savannah Bananas, winning in walk-off fashion 2-1.

Kole Harris
Team: Woodstock River Bandits
League: Shenandoah Valley League, North Division
Location: Woodstock, Va.
Website: WoodstockRiverBandits.org
Harris, a two-way player who saw action all over the field as a true freshman in 2017, will play for the Woodstock River Bandits in the (Shenandoah) Valley League. The River Bandits begin their season tomorrow, Friday, June 2, with a 7 p.m. first pitch against the Waynesboro Generals.

Brandon Lankford
Team: Haysville Aviators
League: Jayhawk Baseball League
Location: Haysville, Kan.
Website: HaysvilleAviators.com
Lankford, who started 56 games at third base this past season as a true freshman and led the team with 10 home runs, including a crucial game-winning two-run bomb against Liberty in the Big South tournament, will travel out to Haysville, Kan., where he will compete with the Haysville Aviators in the Jayhawk Baseball League. The Aviators begin the season on Friday, June 2, with a 7 p.m. game against the El Dorado Broncos.

Carmine Pagano
Team: Sanford Mainers
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: Sanford, Maine
Website: SanfordMainers.com
Pagano, the Bulldogs' starting shortstop in 51 games this season, will play for the Sanford Mainers out of the New England Baseball League this summer. The Mainers begin their season on Wednesday, June 7, against Tapp and the North Adams SteepleCats.

Tyler Serricchio
Team: Lake Norman Copperheads
League: Southern Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Cornelius, N.C.
Website: Lake Norman Copperheads - PointStreak Site
Serricchio, who made 27 appearances on the year, including splitting time at catcher and designated hitter, will play this summer for the Lake Norman Copperheads in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. The Copperheads opened the season on Wednesday, May 31, with a home game against the Charlotte Galaxy.

Ryan Tapp
Team: North Adams SteepleCats
League: New England Baseball League, Northern Division
Location: North Adams, Mass.
Website: Steeplecats.PointStreakSites.com
Tapp appeared in 14 games on the mound for UNC Asheville this past season and made two starts. The SteepleCats' season begins on Tuesday, June 6, against the Valley Blue Sox.

Chris Troost
Team: Southampton Breakers
League: Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League
Location: Southampton, N.Y.
Website: Southampton Breakers - PointStreak Site
Troost, the Bulldogs' starting second baseman who led the nation in walks at one point during the season, will play for the Southampton Breakers out of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. The Breakers open their season on Saturday, June 3, with a 5 p.m. game at home against the Westhampton Aviators.

Danny Wilson
Team: Lexington County Blowfish
League: Coastal Plain League, West Division
Location: Lexington, S.C.
Website: GoBlowfishBaseball.com
Wilson was a pivotal player for the Bulldogs in 2017, playing seven different positions, including first base, shortstop, third base, right and left field, pitcher and designated hitter. He will be on familiar ground this season as he will be playing for the Lexington County Blowfish out of the Coastal Plain League, playing his home games at the home of the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship, Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The Blowfish began their season last night, Wednesday, May 31, with a game against the Florence Redwolves with the Redwolves claiming a 5-2 victory.


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LEXINGTON, S.C. – UNC Asheville baseball third baseman Brandon Lankford has been named to the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship Presented by Hardee's All-Tournament Team.

The honor is the first for a UNC Asheville baseball player since 2006, when Rob Vernon, Elliott Arrington, Matt Henson and Alan DeRatt all earned All-Tournament honors en route to helping the Bulldogs claim the league crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. That year, Rob Vernon was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.

Lankford becomes just the 12th Bulldog to earn Big South Conference Championship All-Tournament honors.

In the Bulldogs' four games at Lexington County Baseball Stadium this season, Lankford batted .313 – going 5-for-16 as he garnered a hit in all four games – with four runs batted in, three runs scored and a home run. The freshman slugged .500 and was perfect in the field with four putouts and five assists.

Lankford's best game came in the Bulldogs' elimination game on the morning of Saturday, May 27, against Gardner-Webb. He batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Runnin' Bulldogs. The day before, Lankford lifted UNC Asheville to a 2-1 win over No. 2 seed Liberty in the top of the ninth with a two-run homer.

UNC Asheville baseball's season came to an end Saturday afternoon as the sixth-seeded Bulldogs fell 7-2 to fifth-seeded and 2017 Big South Champion Radford in the semifinal round of the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship Presented by Hardee's.

The Bulldogs (25-32) put together an impressive run this season and did something that a Bulldog team had not accomplished since the 2007 season: win two games in the postseason conference tourney to advance to the semifinal round.

UNC Asheville saw its season come to an end with 25 wins on the year, tied for sixth-most in program history and the most since the 2004 team won 26. Along the way, the Bulldogs were never swept and won critical games by answering the call just about every day.

Lankford is one of 21 players who stand to return next season for the Bulldogs and head coach Scott Friedholm.

2017 All-Tournament Team
Kyle Zurak, Radford (MVP)
Danny Hrbek, Radford
Spencer Horwitz, Radford
Kyle Butler, Radford
Nick Wise, Presbyterian
Nick Guimbarda, Presbyterian
Tyler Weyenberg, Presbyterian
Hayden Deal, Presbyterian
Justin Kunz, Gardner-Webb
Collin Thacker, Gardner-Webb
Brandon Lankford, UNC Asheville
Hunter Lipscomb, Winthrop


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LEXINGTON, S.C. – The magical run came to an end for UNC Asheville baseball Saturday afternoon as the sixth-seeded Bulldogs fell 7-2 to fifth-seeded Radford in the semifinal round of the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship Presented by Hardee's at Lexington County Baseball Stadium.

The Bulldogs (25-32) put together an impressive run this season and did something that a Bulldog team had not accomplished since the 2007 season: win two games in the postseason conference tourney to advance to the semifinal round.

UNC Asheville sees its season come to an end with 25 wins on the year, tied for sixth-most in program history and the most since the 2004 team won 26. Along the way, the Bulldogs were never swept and won critical games by answering the call just about every day.

But Saturday afternoon, after eliminating No. 7 seed Gardner-Webb earlier in the day, the Bulldogs ran into a solid Radford (26-30) team that put together strong pitching, good hitting and rock-solid defense to improve to 3-0 in the conference tournament, earning a spot in Sunday's championship game.

UNC Asheville put up a fight to the very end of the game, collecting six hits against two strong pitchers with six different players collecting a hit, including two solo home runs from freshmen Kole Harris and Tyler Serricchio. Danny Wilson, Justin Woods, Kyle Carruthers and Brandon Lankford all also garnered hits in the game.

Radford scored two runs off a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning to take an early lead, but UNC Asheville answered the bell in the top of the fifth when Harris blasted a two-out, solo home run to cut the deficit to one. It was the second homer of the freshman's young career.

However, in the bottom of the very same inning, Radford extended the lead back out to two with a single run. Another runner attempted to round third and head for home, but Carruthers hit Chris Troost for a cutoff and Troost sent a laser home to Serricchio who applied the tag, ending the threat.

Despite the hiccup in momentum for the Highlanders, Radford came back in the bottom of the sixth to score three more runs, taking a 6-1 lead.

Serricchio attempted to spur a late-game comeback for the Bulldogs with a solo shot of his own in the top of the seventh, but Radford's defense kept finding ways to make plays and the offense scored an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Serricchio's homer in the seventh was the second of his career.

On the mound, Wilson (L, 1-2) put together a good start in five innings of work before giving way to Woods and Jesse Juday. Juday closed out the game for the Bulldogs with two strikeouts and a pair of assists in two innings of work.

Radford's Cameron Fritz (W, 4-2) earned the win, pitching the first five innings before Evan Threehouse (S, 1) came on to close things out for the final four frames. Both pitchers gave up just one earned run and three hits.

BULLDOG BITES
END TO A STRONG CAREER: Joe Tietjen was one of four senior Bulldogs to end their careers at UNC Asheville this weekend. Tietjen ends his time in blue and white with his name etched in the UNC Asheville record book in 11 different statistical categories, including eight career marks. Tiejen finished his time: fifth in stolen bases (42), sixth in runs scored (140), tied for sixth in triples (7), seventh for total bases (322), eighth for runs batted in (121), ninth in at-bats (688) and doubles (42) and tied for ninth in home runs (21). He also is sixth for stolen bases in a single season this year (19) and tied for sixth in triples (4) in 2017 while his junior campaign in 2016 is fourth in runs batted in (55).

WALKING UP THE RANKS: Danny Wilson moved up another spot in the UNC Asheville baseball record book for walks in a single season as he drew a walk Saturday morning against Gardner-Webb. The walk was the 41st of the season for the sophomore, moving him into a four-way tie for fourth. First-year student assistant coach Pete Guy holds the program record for most walks in a single season with 53 last year.

MULTIPLE HOMERS: UNC Asheville's two home runs Saturday against Radford marked the eighth time this season that the Bulldogs collected two homers in a game. It was the first time it had happened since April 2 at Richmond.

PICKING RUNNERS OFF: Saturday afternoon against Radford, Justin Woods picked off a runner at second. It was the senior's fourth pickoff of the year, a mark that leads the team. As a team, the Bulldogs picked off 17 runners in 2017.

TURNING DOUBLE PLAYS: The Bulldogs turned 47 double plays on the year, including one Saturday against Radford. UNC Asheville ends the season with 14 more than last season. The 2015 Bulldogs turned 57 double plays while the 2014 'Dogs rolled up 35. The Bulldogs are currently third in the Big South Conference for double plays behind Campbell and Liberty.

BULLDOGS AS THE SIX SEED: 2017 marked the sixth time the Bulldogs had earned the No. 6 seed in the league tournament. After the 2017 campaign, UNC Asheville is 12-11 all-time as the 6-seed, including winning the 2006 crown, finishing second in 1991 and advancing to the semifinal round in 2017.

ASHEVILLE IN THE TOURNAMENT: The Bulldogs wrapped up play in their 16th Big South Conference Championship and first since 2012. The Bulldogs' 2-1 win over Liberty on Friday broke a six-game skid in the league tournament as the Bulldogs hadn't won in the postseason tourney since 2008. It was also the 20th win for UNC Asheville in the postseason tournament. Saturday's win over Gardner-Webb marked the first time since the 2007 season that UNC Asheville has won at least two games in a postseason tourney.

20-WIN SEASON: The Bulldogs finished the year with at least 20 wins for the second time in the Scott Friedholm era. The Bulldogs' 25 wins are the most by a UNC Asheville team since the 2004 squad finished the year with 26 wins. The 2012 and 1990 teams also finished their campaigns with 25 victories.

QUOTABLES
"There is only one happy team at the end of a tournament. Unfortunately, our run ended today to a good Radford team. I'm proud of the fight we showed all year and in Lexington. We thank the seniors for their efforts, and hope the returners learned from this experience and that it makes us better in the future." - Scott Friedholm


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Tournament Site – BigSouthSports.com
Tournament Bracket – BigSouthSports.com
Tickets – BigSouthSports.com

LEXINGTON, S.C. – The run continued Saturday morning for the UNC Asheville baseball team as the sixth-seeded Bulldogs claimed a 6-3 win over seventh-seeded Gardner-Webb in an elimination game at Lexington County Baseball Stadium in the 2017 Big South Conference Baseball Championship Presented by Hardee's.

With the 25th win of the season, the Bulldogs (25-31) advance to the semifinal round where they will play No. 5 seed Radford on ESPNU. The game will air at 4 p.m. Gardner-Webb (25-30) sees its season come to a close.

In the bottom of the fourth, UNC Asheville edged out to a 1-0 lead as Brandon Lankford scored from second off a double by Andrew Friedholm, but Gardner-Webb tied things up and then took a 2-1 lead in the top of the next inning.

UNC Asheville retook the lead, 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh in a big way with five runs off five hits and a critical Gardner-Webb error.

Chris Troost drew the score even at two-all when he scored off a Gardner-Webb error that saw the third baseman overthrow his first baseman, throwing the ball into the GWU dugout. Troost reached safely earlier in the inning with a single to center field and advanced into scoring position off a sacrifice bunt by Carmine Pagano.

After the Runnin' Bulldogs intentionally walked Joe Tietjen, Justin Woods made them pay with a double to center field, scoring both Danny Wilson and Tietjen, giving Asheville a 4-2 lead.

Gardner-Webb made a pitching change, but that did little to slow the drive as Lankford ripped a two-out RBI single down the left field line, scoring Woods from second. Two at-bats later, Kole Harris doubled down the same side, scoring Lankford.

In the top of the next frame, Gardner-Webb got a run back with a solo homer to lead things off, but the UNC Asheville defense didn't bend any further and then held the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the ninth to clinch the victory.

Harris (W, 2-0) came on to pitch in the seventh inning for UNC Asheville after starting as the Bulldogs' designated hitter. Harris pitched the final two and one-third innings, giving up just three hits and one run while striking out two and walking none. Nick Boyles started the game on the bump and pitched a strong first 4.2 frames, striking out three Runnin' Bulldogs. Blake Brown pitched two innings of scoreless ball before giving way to Harris.

Wil Sellers (L, 4-4) was the pitcher of record for Gardner-Webb, going 3.1 innings after Isaac Campbell started the game and pitched the first three innings.

At the plate, Lankford and Friedholm both had multi-hit outings with Lankford picking up right where he left off on Friday, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Friedholm went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

For the Runnin' Bulldogs, Paul Trick and Collin Thacker both had two hits and an RBI while Chandler Redmond had a solo home run.

BULLDOG BITES
WALKING UP THE RANKS: Danny Wilson moved up another spot in the UNC Asheville baseball record book for walks in a single season as he drew a walk Saturday against Gardner-Webb. The walk was the 41st of the season for the sophomore, moving him into a four-way tie for fourth. His next walk will give him sole possession of fourth and he needs three more to tie third. First-year student assistant coach Pete Guy holds the program record for most walks in a single season with 53 last year.

ASHEVILLE IN THE TOURNAMENT: The Bulldogs are playing in their 16th Big South Conference Championship and first since 2012. The Bulldogs' 2-1 win over Liberty on Friday broke a six-game skid in the league tournament as the Bulldogs hadn't won in the postseason tourney since 2008. It was also the 20th win for UNC Asheville in the postseason tournament. Saturday's win over Gardner-Webb marked the first time since the 2007 season that UNC Asheville has won at least two games in a postseason tourney.

20-WIN SEASON: The Bulldogs are guaranteed to finish the year with at least 20 wins for the second time in the Scott Friedholm era. The Bulldogs' 25 wins are the most by a UNC Asheville team since the 2012 squad finished the year with 25 wins. The 2004 and 2000 squads both earned 26 wins on their campaigns.

UP NEXT
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs (25-31) will now play fifth-seeded Radford (25-30) in a semifinal game at 4 p.m. on ESPNU.

QUOTABLES
"First of all, our pitching staff with Nick Boyles, Blake Brown and Kole Harris did a great job keeping down probably the most offensive team in this tournament to only three runs. They did a tremendous job. Defensively, I thought we played great as we didn't give away any extra bases and then offensively, we had plenty of chances early. We were just a little bit tight and didn't come up with that big hit. But when Justin Woods had that big backside double, you could see the faces relax and we were just able to get back to playing baseball the way we know how to. Now we have a quick turnaround to face a good Radford team and I am excited to see how we can respond to this situation." – Scott Friedholm


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