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Bulldog Baseball Unveils Addition of 17 to 2020 Roster

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville head baseball coach Scott Friedholm recently announced the addition of 17 to the 2020 Bulldog baseball roster.

"I first want to say what a great job Chris Bresnahan and Kyle Ward did putting this class together," Friedholm said. "The numbers are the largest we have ever brought in for one recruiting class, but it was necessary due to our low roster number of 26 players last year. It is also the first time in 4-5 years that we have been able to get some Junior College players into the program.  With that said, we feel we have created depth/competition for the fall. We still are not at our maximum of 35, but we think 32 is a good number for us this year.  Every student-athlete knows they have an opportunity to help this team win on a daily basis."

More on the Newest Bulldogs

Chris Banks

Banks joins the UNC Asheville baseball program after two years at Catawba Valley Community College. During his freshman season in 2018 opponents hit just .209 against him and he recorded a 1.54 ERA. As a sophomore in 2019, Banks had 32 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched. Banks was incredibly impressive as a senior at AC Reynolds High School with 63 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. He owned a 1.77 ERA and opponents hit just .179 against him. He also owned a career batting average of .378. Banks was an all-conference, all-WNC and all-state selection during his prep career.

Ryan Douglas

A product of Southeast Guilford High School, Douglas played football and baseball at the high school in Greensboro, N.C. During his time at Southeast Guilford, Douglas was an all-state, all-area and all-conference selection. He was the Greensboro News & Record All-Area Player of the Year as a senior. He was also quarterback for the state runner-ups in football.

Tallon Flynn

A native of East Bend, N.C., Flynn joins UNC Asheville out of Forbush High School. Flynn finished his high school career with a 1.87 ERA. He fanned 93 during his junior season. Flynn also owned a .394 batting average. He helped lead the Falcons to the WPAC regular season title in each of his years with the program. Forbush won the WPAC Tournament championship in 2018. He was an all-conference performer during his time at Forbush.

Blake Little

Little joins the UNC Asheville baseball program out of the Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe, N.C. The Charlotte native is a 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher who graduated cum laude and as a North Carolina scholar. In 58.1 innings pitched this past season, Little fanned 96. He had two saves and a 1.08 ERA. He set the school record for most wins in a season with 11 in 2019. Little was the 2018 Rocky River Conference Pitcher of the Year and the 2019 Rocky River Conference Player of the Year after also owning a .476 batting average.

Gino Marra

Marra joins the Bulldogs out of Pittsburgh, Pa. The Plum Senior High School product finished his prep career with an impressive 1.61 ERA in 74 innings pitched. He had 94 strikeouts in his high school career. As a senior he threw a complete game no-hitter in a victory over section rival Norwin Senior High School. Marra was highly decorated during his high school career as a multiple time all-section selection. He was also named one of the top prospects in all of Pennsylvania. Marra also played ice hockey in high school.

Alfredo Silva                                                                                                                      Pitcher                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Silva joins the UNC Asheville baseball program out of Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif. Silva owns a 2-0 record in 18 junior college appearances. He accumulated two saves and punched out 23 batters while only walking six. He helped lead the Rustlers to a  CCCAA playoff appearance and Silva was named to the 2019 CCCBCA Academic All-State team. The Miami, Fla. native is a product of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School. While in high school, Silva earned three varsity letters and pitched to a 2.33 ERA in his senior season.

Ryan Stalker

Stalker will join the UNC Asheville baseball program out of Council Rock High School in Newtown, Pa. Stalker closed out his high school career having thrown 77.2 innings. He owned a 2.07 ERA and he struck out 90. In addition, Stalker, who also lettered in football, finished his prep career with a .345 batting average to go along with 21 RBIs and two home runs.

MJ Lucas

Lucas makes his way to the UNC Asheville baseball program out of Parkwood High School in Monroe, N.C. The Waxhaw, N.C. native was a three-year letterwinner at Parkwood. In 67 games played at Parkwood, Lucas owned a .311 batting average and a .469 on-base percentage. He finished his high school career with 45 RBIs, 33 runs scored and 12 doubles. He also had eight home runs and three triples. As a senior, Lucas hit .333 with a .461 on-base percentage. Lucas was named all-conference and all-county as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Kaleb Strader

A native of Clover, S.C., Strader joins the Bulldogs from USC Sumter where he helped lead the Fire Ants to the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X Division I championship. The Fire Ants were runner-ups in the region in 2019. He was chosen as the Region X Catcher of the Year in the 2019 season. Strader was an all-region and all-area selection during his time in the prep ranks at Clover High School.
Will Barbour

Barbour joins the UNC Asheville baseball program out of Brunswick Community College where he started at third base for two years for the Dolphins. He owned a .354 batting average during his two years at Brunswick Community College. He also helped lead the Dolphins to the NJCAA Region X Division II Championship in 2019. The Benson, N.C. native played his high school baseball at South Johnston High School in Four Oaks, N.C. He was a three-year starter at shortstop at South Johnston where he finished his career hitting .340.

Tye Chastain

Chastain joins the UNC Asheville baseball program out of Franklin High School in Franklin, N.C. The infielder was also a three-year letterwinner in basketball at Franklin. A three-time all-conference selection, Chastain is also a two-time All-WNC selection. Chastain was also a two-time conference Player of the Year. He finished his high school career with a .396 batting average to go along with 112 hits and 91 RBIs. As a senior, Chastain boasted a .413 batting average to go along with 31 hits, 28 RBIs and five home runs.

Sebastian Dunn

Dunn joins the Bulldogs out of Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Dahlonega, Ga. native played his high school baseball at Lumpkin County High School. Dunn was Mid-Florida Conference all-conference choice during his time with the Blue Wave. During the summer he was also named a Valley League All-Star. In high school, Dunn was chosen all-area and all-region. He ended his high school career with a .357 batting average to go along with 85 runs scored. He had 96 hits and 31 RBIs. As a senior the four-year letterwinner hit .420.

Fermin Osio Gonzalez, Jr. 

A native of Ranlo, N.C., Gonzalez joins the Bulldog baseball program out of North Gaston High School where he boasted an impressive .473 career batting average. This past year, Gonzalez helped lead North Gaston to the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time since 2012 while batting .523. He was chosen as the Co-Player of the Year in his league. Gonzalez was a three-time all-state and all-conference choice.

Easton Jones

Jones joins the Bulldogs out of Brunswick Community College. He played his high school baseball at Eastern Randolph High School in Ramseur, N.C. Also a letterwinner in basketball at Eastern Randolph, Jones finished his high school career with a batting average of .405. He had 100 career hits in high school to go along with 64 RBIs, 29 doubles and nine home runs. He was the team MVP during his junior and senior seasons.

Grayson Preslar

A native of Polkton, N.C., Preslar played his high school baseball for Anson High School in Wadesboro, N.C. He was also a letterwinner in high school in basketball and football. Preslar finished his high school career with a .370 batting average to go along with 50 stolen bases and two home runs. He had 15 stolen bases during his senior season. Preslar was a multiple time all-conference selection in high school. He already has his Associate in Arts degree out of high school after graduating from South Piedmont Community College in May of 2019.

Drew Bristow

Bristow makes his way to Asheville out of Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The Cicero, N.Y. native played football and baseball in high school. A three-year varsity letterwinner, Bristow owned a .330 career batting average in high school. He was a state semifinalist in football and baseball in high school. An all-league selection in baseball and football, Bristow was also a three-time Scholar-Athlete selection.

Myles Holloway

A native of Atlanta, Holloway joins the Bulldog baseball program out of Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Ga. Chosen as the Most Improved and as the Player of the Year during his time in the prep ranks, Holloway finished his high school career with 52 doubles, 21 triples and 13 home runs. He had 29 stolen bases. As a senior, Hollway hit an impressive .352 with 17 doubles, six triples and five home runs.