With sports fans’ attention turned to baseball by the start of the major league season, UNC Asheville’s Bulldogs recently made some news on the diamond, defeating one of the nation’s top-ranked teams, the Tar Heels of UNC-Chapel Hill, thanks to a game-saving diving catch in the 9th inning by center fielder Joe Tietjen. At the plate, Tietjen is one of the nation’s leaders in runs batted in.
The Bulldogs then came home and dropped two of three games to NC Central, but then outlasted East Tennessee State in a dramatic 14-inning affair. Reliever Spencer Orr, the Bulldogs’ ninth pitcher of the game, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 14th, and then first-year student Carmine Pagano hit a walk-off 2-run homer, his first as a Bulldog, to gain the victory.
You can see more exciting Bulldog baseball action at UNC Asheville’s Greenwood Field, with three games against Big South Conference rival Winthrop on April 22-24, or follow the games home and away on live streaming on the Big South Network. For more information, visit uncabulldogs.com.
Making the Major Leagues
Former Bulldog hurler Ryan Dull, now a rookie relief pitcher for the Oakland A’s, has not allowed a run or a hit in his first six appearances this season. To keep track of Dull’s progress in the major leagues, visit his page on the Oakland A’s website.