ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Charleston Southern's lead for the final spot in the Big South conference tournament was whittled to a half-game with a 13-9 loss to UNC Asheville on Friday in baseball at McCormick Field.
The Bulldogs (13-32, 6-16 Big South) rallied from a 6-3 deficit with a six-run fifth inning.
Walt Quattlebaum and Brandon McKinney hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, and Tom Burkett tied for the team lead with his seventh homer of the season for CSU (17-32, 6-15), which is fighting with UNCA for the eighth seed in the tournament. Brantley Meier was 3 for 4 for the Buccaneers, while Burkett drove in three runs and Bentley Christmas two.
Charleston Southern cut the deficit to 10-8 in the seventh on Burkett's blast, but UNCA added three runs in the eighth.
The series between the two teams continues today at 1 p.m.
Stew Brase took the loss in relief for CSU.
Justin Schumer had four hits for the Bulldogs, while Ian Graham drove in three runs.