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Big Inning Lifts UNC Asheville over Central Michigan 12-4

ASHEVILLE, N.C.—UNC Asheville had six straight two-out hits in a seven run third inning to record a 12-4 victory over Central Michigan Friday afternoon at Greenwood Field.

The Bulldogs scored 11 unanswered runs after falling behind 1-0 to record their first win of 2009 and improve to 1-5. Central Michigan falls to 2-3.

Billy Anderson led off the game with a solo home run to right-field to give the Chippewas a 1-0 lead. It was the first home run of the season for Central Michigan.

Asheville tied the game with an unearned run in the second inning. Beau Zinman led off with a single and then moved to third base on a two-out hit by Austin Graham. Graham stole base. The throw to second got away and Zinman was able to score from third.

Kevin Weidenbacher had a one out double in the third. Justin Schumer had a two out walk to put runners at first and second. Zinman singled to third base. Tom Howard made a diving stop to momentarily save a run. Mike Vaughn singled to score Weidenbacher and Schumer making the score 3-1. Cody Buch, Graham, both had RBI singles in front of a two-RBI triple by Danny Baatz. Catlin Carter singled to score Baatz and give Asheville an 8-1 lead.

That was enough for starter Michael Bogaert (1-1) who threw six innings giving up one run on three hits. Bogaert struck out a season-high eight Chippewas. Steve Teno (0-2) lasted three inning giving up eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits. All eight Asheville runs were scored with two outs.

The Bulldogs added three more in the sixth. Carter who went 3-for-5 in the game, doubled to lead off the inning. He moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Reed Kreiser single. Schumer followed with a double placing runner at second and third. Vaughn singled home Kreiser. Schumer came around to score on a throwing error to make the score 11-1.

CMU got back on the board in the seventh. Back-to-back pinch hits by Nate Theunissen and a Tyler Kipke produced a run. In the bottom of the inning, Kreiser hit a sacrifice fly to score Carter who had single and moved to third on a base hit by Weidenbacher.

In the eighth, CMU finished the scoring as Matt Faiman led off with a single. A wild pitch moved him to second base where he would score on a single by Reid Rooney. Rooney moved up to second on an error and moved to third on a ground out. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Harvey Martin allowed Rooney to score and bring the final to 12-4.

Carter and Weidenbacher each had three hits for Asheville. Kreiser, Zinman, Vaughn, Buch, and Graham all had two hits as the Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 18 hits in the game. 10 of the Bulldogs 12 runs were scored with two outs.

The two teams are scheduled to play a double-header at Greenwood Field on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. The first game will be broadcast on uncabulldogs.com

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