ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Big South baseball game between the UNC Asheville Bulldogs and the VMI Keydets was suspended, on account of darkness, Friday evening in the top of the eighth inning. The game will resume Saturday at noon. At the time of suspension, host UNC Asheville held a 2-0 lead, but VMI had just seen George Piccirilli single to lead off the eighth, putting a runner first with no outs and knocking out Bulldog starter Ryan Dull.
Dull had kept the Keydets off the board, retiring eight straight at one point and scattering seven hits. VMI had stranded two runners in the sixth and two in the seventh, however.
Asheville took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, as Todd Joyner had a one-out home run. That lead grew to 2-0 in the sixth, as with a runner on first, Jordan Lurie dropped down a bunt. VMI starter Coby Cowgill came off the mound, but misfired on the throw to first for an error, and the runner was able to come around to score to make it 2-0, Asheville.
Cowgill scattered 11 hits over six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), while John Garrett pitched a scoreless seventh for VMI. Each of the 2 through 7 hitters in the Keydet batting order had at least one hit, and Piccirilli posted two.
After Saturday's proceedings, the series is scheduled to conclude Sunday at 1 p.m.