Regional Preview: UNC Asheville
Overall Record: 28-33
UNC Asheville will travel to Clemson Friday night coming off a Cinderella run through the Big South tournament. The Bulldogs overcame a 10-run deficit to defeat Liberty 16-11 and claim the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Bulldogs head into the NCAA tournament hitting .296 as team. They are led by first baseman Elliott Arrington and left fielder Rob Vernon. Arrington and Vernon are both hitting .349 on the season. Arrington has a team high 46 RBIs on the season and a team high 23 doubles. Kevin Mattison leads the Bulldogs with 8 home runs.
The Bulldogs pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.91. Reliever Jordan Dorsett has a team low ERA 2.25 in 18 appearances. The probable starter against Clemson is Alan DeRatt. DeRatt has a 4.72 ERA in 18 appearances including 15 starts. DeRatt has thrown two complete games on the season. Opponents are hitting .315 against Bulldog pitching.
The upset minded Bulldogs will come in off of their dramatic run through the Big South tourney. Vernon was the tournament MVP after hitting a grand slam to put the Bulldogs ahead against Liberty. This team is riding high on emotion and will likely perform at higher level than their record indicates.