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UNCA Bulldogs Edge Gardner-Webb, 58-56

Monday, December 7th, 2009

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C – Chris Stephenson’s tap-in basket with 1.6 seconds left gave UNC Asheville a thrilling 58-56 Big South Conference win over Gardner-Webb Friday night before a stunned crowd of 2,200 at Porter Arena.

The Bulldogs (1-6, 1-0) won their Big South Conference opener for the fifth straight year and are 13-1 in league-opening games under head coach Eddie Biedenbach. Sean Smith led Asheville with a game-high 18 points. Stephenson added 13 points, all in the second half.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs (3-3, 0-1 BSC) were led by Aaron Silver’s 14 points and all of those came in the second half. C.J. Hailey contributed 11 points. The Bulldogs led 55-50 with 1:03 left but Gardner-Webb forced two turnovers and got a bucket and two free throws from Silver to cut the lead to 55-54.

Stephenson was fouled with 20 seconds left. He made the first free throw to pad the lead to 56-54 but missed the second. Hailey hit a 10-footer in the lane to knot the score at 56-56 with 10 seconds remaining. Out of timeouts, Asheville quickly brought the ball down court. Matt Dickey fired a 15-footer that missed with three seconds left but Stephenson was there to tip the ball back in to give Asheville the winning points.

“I’m so proud of our guys to hang in there on the road and find a way to win,” said Biedenbach. “It wasn’t pretty, and we had way too many turnovers to allow them to get back into the game. But when we struggled to score in the second half, we battled on defense to keep us in the game.

“When you start out 0-6, you can’t help to start doubting yourself but our guys have kept plugging and got rewarded with a win,” added Biedenbach. The Bulldogs won despite being out-rebounded 45-30. Gardner-Webb had 23 offensive rebounds. However, Asheville’s defense limited the Runnin’ Bulldogs (17-of-55) to just 31 percent shooting from the field for the game. The home team also made 23 turnovers

Junior forward John Williams had a solid game for the Bulldogs with nine points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and four steals. D.J. Cunningham added eight points. Asheville struggled from the field on the night, too. The Bulldogs shot just 38 percent (20-of-52) from the field and made 19 turnovers. Asheville went eight minutes in the second half without scoring. Smith knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half as the Bulldogs went on a late surge to take a 33-29 halftime lead.

Asheville got a lay-up from Stephenson and a trey from Smith to quickly build the lead to 38-29 early in the second half. Silver entered the game for Gardner-Webb and immediately knocked down two treys. Asheville then went ice cold from the field and allowed the Runnin’ Bulldogs to eventually take the lead at 45-42 on two free throws from Silver at the 9:56 mark.

Trailing 49-48 with four minutes left, the Bulldogs went on a 7-1 run to grab a 55-50 lead with 1:10 left as Smith scored on a lay-up. UNC Asheville plays next on Sunday, Dec. 13 at home against Montreat starting at 4:30 p.m. The Bulldogs have the next week off due to exams.

UNCA Men’s Soccer Team Loses 3-1

Monday, September 28th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Kentucky scored three goals in the second half to record a 3-1 victory over visiting UNC Asheville Sunday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium.

The Bulldogs had scored in the 50th minute of the second half to grab a 1-0 lead on a goal from Bryan Bartels. David Wood picked up an assist to give Asheville a lead over the nationally-ranked Wildcats.

But Kentucky (7-1-0) quickly struck for two goals. The Wildcats tied the match up when Jase Griffiths scored in the 53rd minute. One minute later, Josh McCrary scored to give the home team a 2-1 lead.

Kentucky iced the match with a goal from Chad Haggerty in the 82nd minute. The Wildcats had a 23-5 advantage in shots.

Asheville plays again this Tuesday afternoon at Greenwood Field when the Bulldogs host East Tennessee State starting at 4 p.m.

UNCA Women’s Soccer to Play in Catamount Classic

Friday, September 18th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The UNC Asheville women’s soccer team travels to Cullowhee this weekend to take part in the Catamount Classic. The Bulldogs play Elon on Friday starting at 5 p.m. and battle Western Carolina Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Asheville enters the tournament with wins in three of its last four matches. The Bulldogs rallied for a 2-1 victory over Tennessee Tech on Sunday. Michele Cornish’s team scored twice in the final 20 minutes to get the victory and raise the Bulldogs record to 3-2-0.

However, Cornish wants a better performance this weekend than the one against the Golden Eagles on Sunday.

“We found a way to win last Sunday and that was good to see but we didn’t play very well,” stated Cornish. “We were fortunate to only be down 1-0 in the second half and then fortunate we were able to get those two goals. We’re going to have take things up a notch this weekend.”

Elon is 2-2-1 on the season and its two wins are over Big South teams in Coastal Carolina and High Point. Western Carolina has been playing very good soccer this year. The Lady Catamounts are 2-3-1 on the season but have narrowly missed upsetting ranked teams such as Tennessee and Dayton.

“We’ve got our hands full with both of our opponents,” commented Cornish. “Both are very good teams that have posted impressive results this year. Elon is a well-coached team that doesn’t make many mistakes. Western Carolina has been impressive in its play this year. We’re going to have to play smart for 90 minutes.”

Freshman forward Chole Mcleary-Small has been a real spark for the Bulldogs in the early part of the season. She has scored three goals and added an assist for a team-leading seven points. Two of her goals have been game-winners.

Grove Park Inn Offering Resort Memberships

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

ASEHVILLE, NC – For the first time in almost a decade, The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa opening up memberships for its award winning golf and sports facilities to members of the Asheville community and surrounding areas.

The facilities and services which are now available to the public include an 18 hole Donald Ross golf course, tennis and racquetball courts, a 50,000 square-foot sports complex with men’s and women’s locker room facilities, fitness center, tennis and golf pro shops and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Designed by the legendary Donald Ross, the Grove Park Inn Resort Golf Course is rated as one of the best in North Carolina. Golfweek magazine included the course in its 2005 “America’s Best” listings and Golf Digest named it in 2004 as “one of the ten best courses in the United States that is 100 years old or more.” Other awards include “Top 100 Golf Courses” by the North Carolina Golf Panel in 2009 and a ranking of 48 in the “Top 100 Golf Resorts” by Conde Nast in 2007.

In addition, those who purchase a Grove Park Inn Resort Membership will receive special rates for accommodations and a 15% discount when dining at any of Grove Park Inn’s four award winning restaurants.

For more information about purchasing a Grove Park Inn resort membership, please contact Bernard Chandler at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa at 800.438.5800 or 828.252.2711 or visit www.groveparkinn.com.

Cesario Smashes Asheville To Victory

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists entered play Wednesday night just 2.0 games ahead of second-place Augusta for the final playoff spot in the South Atlantic League, desperately searching for a victory over Lexington. Tied at 2-2 in the eighth, Jimmy Cesario led off the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun to open the floodgates for a four-run inning, lifting the Tourists to a 6-2 win.

Carlos Luna made his third start for the Tourists and pitched 5.2 great innings, the longest start of his career. Luna looked sharp through three shutout frames before allowing a run in the top of the fourth to put Lexington ahead, 1-0.

The Tourists tied it up at 1-1 in the fifth on an RBI single for Scott Robinson that plated Ryan Peisel. Luna came out for the sixth inning and allowed a leadoff walk before a sacrifice bunt put a runner on second with one out. Luna struck out Eric Suttle for the second out before Jay Austin drove his second of two doubles to the gap in left-center. The double scored the go-ahead run for Lexington and Luna was chased from the game. Stephen Dodson came on with runners on the corners and retired the side with no further damage.

Asheville tied the game again in their half of the sixth inning, scoring a two-out run. After the first two batters of the inning were set down, Kiel Roling singled to left field and Mike Zuanich followed with a two-bagger that nearly cleared the tall scoreboard in right-center, scoring Roling to make it 2-2.

The score remained locked at 2-2 going into the eighth, setting the table for Cesario’s dramatic homerun, his 11th of the season and his sixth in his last 16 games. After a Jordan Pacheco groundout, Roling doubled and Delta Cleary, Jr. was walked to set up a two-run triple off the bat of David Christensen to make it 5-2 Asheville. Thomas Field would drive Christensen home with an infield base hit to put the Tourists up 6-2.

Adam Jorgenson came on and worked a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation, striking out one batter.

The Tourists (40-24) have now whittled their Magic Number to three with five games remaining. They will face the Legends (28-37) in the finale of this three-game series Thursday night at 7:05 for the last regular season home game of the year. RHP Juan Nicasio (8-3, 2.41) will take the mound for Asheville against Lexington LHP David Duncan (4-3, 4.24). Tickets for Thursday’s game and the 2009 Playoffs are available by contacting the McCormick Field Box Office at (828) 258-0428. All 140 Tourists games can be heard live on the radio on 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.

Tourists’ 16 Inning Marathon Smells Sweet for Rose

Monday, August 31st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists completed the longest game in the SAL this season in 16 innings with a 3-2 win thanks in part to Patrick Rose. The seldom used second baseman was in the midst of every key scoring play including plating the winning run in the 16th inning. The Tourists bullpen combination of Isaiah Froneberger, Stephen Dodson and Tyler Trice hurled eight scoreless innings in the win, backing up a strong start form Dan Houston. The victory ends the Tourists three game skid and keeps Asheville at least 3.5 games up in first place with eight more to play.

With the game tied at 2-2 since the seventh inning Rose scored the winning run on a Delta Cleary double. Rose walked to begin the frame, stole second base and scored on Cleary’s second double of the afternoon. Adam Jorgenson entered in the bottom of the inning and struck out the final two batters to earn his league-leading 26th save on the year.

The Tourists were held hitless through the first five innings off Hot Rods start Chris Andujar until Patrick Rose broke through with a bunt single. Rose broke up the no-hitter and scored the games first run on Jordan Pacheco’s single in the sixth inning. Andujar tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts.

Bowling Green took a 2-1 lead with two runs off Dan Houston in the sixth inning. Jason Corder squeaked an infield single to score Jake Jeffries and Isaias Velasquez. With two outs and two runners on Asheville intentionally walked Mike Sheridan to load the bases. Corder then came through with the infield to score the only runs off Houston.

Houston left with a no decision after seven innings of work .Houston stuck out four, walked six and allowed just two runs on five hits. Houston has now allowed just two or fewer earned runs in 15 of his 25 starts this season. Isaiah Froneberger entered the game in the eighth inning and tossed two scoreless innings to send the contest into extra innings.

Patrick Rose contributed once more in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game at two runs apiece. Mike Zuanich was hit by a pitch and moved to third base on a two out Tyler Massey single. Rose then yanked a pitch into right field to tie up the game.

Dodson, Froneberger, and Tyler Trice and Jorgenson combined for the final nine innings of relief. The quartet allowed a sparse three hits with Trice (5-5) picking up the win.

Diego Echeverria tossed his knuckleball for four scoreless innings. Diego Echeverria (3-2) took the loss despite allowing one run in six innings pitched. The knuckleballer danced around trouble and five walks to keep Bowling Green going.

The Tourists had a scoring opportunity end with a triple play in the first inning. Delta Cleary began the game by reaching on an error and David Christensen followed with a walk off Chris Andujar. With the runners in motion, Jordan Pacheco lined a 3-2 pitch to the right fielder who then tossed to first baseman Mike Sheridan to double off Christensen. Sheridan then ran the ball to second base to complete the triple play.

Asheville will play the final game of the three game series in Bowling Green on Monday at Noon. Jonathan Aristil (3-8, 5.36) will face off against Shane Dyer (1-9, 5.56) for the Hot Rods. The Tourists will return home on Tuesday for the final homestand of the season. Tickets are available by contacting the front office at 828.258.0428.

UNCA Men’s Soccer Downs Catawba 3-1

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville got goals from three different players as the Bulldogs defeated Catawba 3-1 in a men’s soccer exhibition match at Greenwood Field Monday afternoon.

The Bulldogs got goals from Bryan George, Zach Odum and Colton Paschall to build a 3-0 lead. The Indians got a PK goal from Andrew Landry midway through the second half for their score.

“It took 20 minutes for us to get going but once we did our lads played some good soccer and were able to get a result,” admitted Asheville coach Steve Cornish. “We still have a great deal of work to do before the season starts but there were positive things that occured this afternoon.”

Paschall sent a pass to George who scored in the 23rd minute to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, freshman Zach Odum tallied in the 55th minute off a double-assist from Weston Brown and David Parra for a 2-0 margin. The Bulldogs final goal came from Paschall off a long cross from Branden Lassen for a 3-0 lead in the 62nd minute.

Asheville was called for a foul in the box one minute later and Catawba was awarded a penalty kick. Landry tucked the ball into the left corner to narrow the lead to 3-1.

The Bulldogs open the season on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at national power UNC Chapel Hill at 4 p.m.

Tourists Bounce Back in 11-9 Win

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Mike Zuanich and Kiel Roling homered once more to vault the Asheville Tourists back from a five-run deficit to an 11-8 victory to open a four game series against Greensboro on Tuesday. Zuanich hit a three run homerun to tie the game 7-7 in the fifth inning and Roling smacked the go-ahead homer in the sixth. Stephen Dodson tossed three innings of relief to earn his sixth win of the year. Adam Jorgenson pitched the ninth for his league-leading 24th save of the season.

Mike Zuanich hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 7-7 in the fifth inning. Kiel Roling then delivered his 18th homerun of the season to give the Tourists an 8-7 lead. Asheville has now hit 17 homeruns in their past nine ballgames.

Greensboro scored six runs in the third inning to take a 6-1 lead. Ryan Keedy and Thomas Hickman each had homeruns in the frame to make it a short night for Asheville’s starter Jonathan Aristil.

Aristil was removed following the third inning for Stephen Dodson out of the bullpen. Dodson (6-0) tossed three innings and allowed just one run to earn the win. Rex Brother hurled two innings and allowed a solo homerun to Thomas Hickman – his second homer of the game. Adam Jorgenson entered the ninth with a three-run lead and picked up his 24th save of the season in the 11-9 win.

Scott Robinson had three extra-base hits and scored three times while Patrick Rose had a multi-hit contest as well. The Tourists collected 19 hits on Tuesday after being shutout 3-0 on Monday. The win keeps Asheville at least 2.5 games up in first place with 13 remaining on the schedule.

Game two of the series vs. Greensboro will be Wednesday at 7:05. Alan DeRatt (2-5, 5.21) will go against LHP Brad Hand for Greensboro. Tickets are available by contacting the front office at 828-258-0428.

Intimidators Hold Off Tourists, Salvage Split

Monday, August 17th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Tourists entered play on Sunday afternoon’s series finale hoping to take three out of four, but could not solve the Kannapolis pitching staff, losing 7-2. Asheville managed nine hits but plated just two runs, after being held to just one run on ten hits in game three Saturday. Colorado Rockies’ supplemental first round draft pick in 2009, Rex Brothers, made his debut for Asheville pitching a scoreless inning in relief. Thomas Field snapped out of a slump, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, reaching base in each of his four plate appearances.

Asheville had the lead early on, scoring a run in the bottom of the third inning on a Mike Zuanich sacrifice fly. The flyout gave the Tourists a 1-0 lead, and it was the sixth RBI in the four-game series for Zuanich.

Kannapolis answered back with three runs in the top of the fourth. Asheville starter Alan DeRatt pitched around a few hits early on, but didn’t have his best stuff, allowing three consecutive hits in the fourth before being chased from the game. Stephen Dodson came on in relief and allowed two inherited runners to score before retiring the side with the Intimidators ahead, 3-1.

David Christensen delivered his second homerun of the series in the bottom of the inning, bringing Asheville to within 3-2. It was the team-leading 16th homerun of the season for Christensen, and one of his longest of the year.

Stephen Dodson held Kannapolis scoreless until the seventh, when the Tourists turned to Kurt Yacko out of the bullpen. Yacko struggled, allowing four runs on five hits before getting out of the inning with Asheville trailing 7-2.

Brothers made his debut in the top of the eighth, getting a groundout and a strikeout before allowing a bloop single into left field. Brothers then got catcher Luis Sierra to ground out to second base to end the frame.

Asheville manufactured a great opportunity to get back in the game during the bottom of the eighth against Kannapolis reliever Kevin Asselin. Asselin hit the first two batters of the inning, Beau Seabury and Thomas Field, to get things started. Tyler Massey then smacked a base hit into left-center to load the bases with no outs. The Intimidators brought in closer Dan Remenowsky, who changed the game for Kannapolis. He struck out the side; Delta Cleary, Jr., Keil Roling, and Mike Zuanich, to leave Asheville scoreless.

Remenowsky worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn the save and give his club a split of this four-game series.

The Tourists (30-17) will travel to West Virginia Monday to take on the Power (27-18) for a four-game series before heading to Hickory for four more. Asheville will have RHP Parker Frazier (10-7, 4.44) on the mound for game one in West Virginia. You can listen to all 140 Tourists games live on the radio at 100.7 WRES FM or streaming online at www.theashevilletourists.com.

Rain Suspends Threatening Tourists

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY – The Asheville Tourists had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning before the rain ended the night from Lexington. Kiel Roling was intentionally walked with two runners on as the rain came down to suspend Monday’s game. The game will be finished at 6:05 on Tuesday with a seven inning game following the completion.

Alan DeRatt tossed four scoreless innings with three strikeouts in his third start of the season. DeRatt allowed two hits and walked none. The UNCA product has now made three starts this season and has allowed just three runs with 13 strikeouts in 12 innings pitched.

Lexington starter Kyle Greenwalt pitched around baserunners in every inning. Scott Robinson singled to begin both the third and fifth innings. The Tourists used three sacrifice bunts to move runners over but were unable to bring anybody home. Jimmy Cesario followed the Robinson single in the fifth and Jordan Pacheco advanced the runners with a bunt to third. Roling was then intentionally walk to load up the bases for Mike Zuanich. The skies then opened up to end the night.

The Tourists will pick up the suspended game on Tuesday and follow that with a seven inning contest in the regularly scheduled game. Parker Frazier (9-7, 4.70) is slated to pitch the seven inning contest. Asheville will wrap up the road trip on Tuesday with a day off on Wednesday.