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Baseball Fundraising & Big South Basketball

Home Run Fundraising

Baseball Steps up to the Plate 

It was a record-breaking 2018 Baseball Night with the Bulldog baseball program raising over $60,000.

Major League Baseball players can choose to live anywhere they want in the offseason. They can also choose wherever they want to prepare themselves for their next professional season.

That’s why to see Greg Holland working out at Greenwood Field on the campus of UNC Asheville in the offseason means so much.

He may have attended rival Western Carolina, but nevertheless the three-time Major League Baseball All-Star has built a special relationship with UNC Asheville head coach Scott Friedholm and the Bulldog coaching staff. Holland has been truly impressed by what he has seen.

“The motto of UNC Asheville baseball is ‘Team, Teammate, Self,’ in that order and I’ve seen it firsthand,” Holland said. “Any good team if you want to win it has to be a collective, unified thought process and purpose each day. That starts in the weight room, in the classroom, at practice and then that translates on to the field into wins. They’ve really done it right and I look forward to keeping up with them this year.”

Holland, who was the National League saves leader last year while with the Colorado Rockies, was the guest speaker this year at UNC Asheville’s annual Baseball Night that was held before a sold out crowd at Highland Brewing on Friday, Jan. 19, 2017.

Sponsored by Highland Brewing, Vannoy Construction, Twisted Laurel and Biltmore Farms Hotels, the UNC Asheville baseball team hosted a successful evening that along with Holland featured Interim Chancellor Joe Urgo, Director of Athletics Janet R. Cone and Friedholm all speaking in front of the sellout crowd at Highland Brewing.

UNC Asheville baseball raised a record-breaking well over $60,000 for the annual event that was also attended by Bulldog baseball legend and current Oakland Athletics pitcher Ryan Dull.

“You take pride in where you come from and you want to help set up for future generations of other Bulldogs,” Dull said. “You just hope that you instill in them the same pride that was taught when I was at UNC Asheville.”

Bulldog baseball also topped the scoreboard in the inaugural Bulldog Challenge Facebook LIVE event on Monday, March 26. They donated 50 percent of the proceeds to Vs. Cancer in April and raised an additional $12,300 during the annual Vs. Cancer game at McCormick Field.

$17,265 - the total raised in one hour during the Bulldog Challenge Facebook Live event on March 26.

Big South Basketball

Tournament Tracks for Bulldog Teams

UNC Asheville fans were treated to another special basketball season with both programs advancing to postseason play for the third consecutive season.

It was another special year of basketball in the 2017-18 season for UNC Asheville men’s and women’s basketball.

For the third straight year, both the UNC Asheville men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the postseason with the men participating in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and the women taking part in the 2018 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).

The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team had its secondbest season ever in Big South Conference play in the 2017-18 season with a 12-6 league mark.

The UNC Asheville women’s basketball team (17-16, 12-6 Big South Conference) just missed on making its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season with the Bulldogs making their third consecutive appearance in the Big South Tournament championship game on Sunday, March 11. The Bulldogs lost this year’s championship game to Liberty, but it was another tremendous run to the title game. UNC Asheville overall has now impressively won nine of its last 10 games in the Big South Tournament.

Individually, Bronaza Fitzgerald and Khaila Webb were both chosen All-Big South. Tiffany Wilson was an All-Academic selection. Fitzgerald and Webb were also selected to the Big South All-Tournament team. Fitzgerald also collected 319 rebounds this season, which is an NCAA Division I program-best.

The UNC Asheville men’s basketball team (21-13, 13-5 Big South Conference) won over 20 games for a program-record third straight year this past season. UNC Asheville finished 13-5 in league play to collect its second straight Big South Conference regular-season title. The Big South regular-season crown was the seventh in program history.

The Bulldogs continued to set the standard in the Big South this past season by becoming the first program in league history to win 15 games or more for 11 straight seasons. The Bulldogs have also now won 10 or more league games in a season in a Big South men’s basketball record 11 straight seasons.

Individually, Ahmad Thomas was chosen as the Big South Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Kevin Vannatta was picked as the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Both Thomas and MaCio Teague were All-Big South and All-District selections. Vannatta was named an Academic All-American.

With 81 wins in their career, the UNC Asheville senior class of Alec Wnuk, Raekwon Miller, Vannatta and Thomas ended their career with the most wins over a four-year stretch in program history.