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Beyond the Scoreboard: WCU vs. UNC Asheville baseball game on MY 40

UNC Asheville sluggers Jake Madole, seen here, and Brandon Lankford lead the Bulldogs with six home runs each. (Photo credit: UNC Asheville)

It’s more than a baseball game between mountain rivalries when Western Carolina plays UNC Asheville at McCormick Field each year.

The Bulldogs use this game as a fundraiser in the fight against cancer, and, over the past few seasons, team members have participated in a postgame head shaving ritual, which has helped raise more than $24,000.

Funds benefit the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit based in Raleigh. Last year’s Asheville baseball team raised more than $8,600 and also walked away with a 5-3 win over the Catamounts.

Wednesday’s 6 p.m. matchup – televised by MY 40 - between the Catamounts and Bulldogs is a non-conference battle between two struggling teams that could really use a win.

WCU (3-23) was once a Southern Conference power but this season is off to one of the worst starts in the history of the program.

The Cats lost 14 straight earlier this season and come to Asheville on a five-game losing skid. They are 1-12 in road games and have a 1-5 record in league play.

Without an incredible turnaround, the program is headed for a non-winning season for a fourth straight year under coach Bobby Moranda, the program’s all-time wins leader. Four consecutive seasons without a winning record has never happened since WCU joined the SoCon.

The Bulldogs (7-19) have never had a winning season in baseball and will have to put on a great rally to avoid a 33rd consecutive season of .500 or less.

Coach Scott Friedholm’s squad has shown some progress this season in Big South Conference play, sporting a 4-5 record.

Asheville has recent wins against league foes Campbell, Liberty and Radford and had collected 33 hits and 30 runs over four games prior to a Tuesday night game versus USC Upstate.

Sluggers Jake Madole and Brandon Lankford have six home runs each to lead the Bulldogs.

Western Carolina has three hitters over the .300 mark – Justice Bigbie (.375, 25 RBIs), Luke Robinson (.304) and Spencer Holcomb (.301).

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