|Apps Top UNCG To Win Series|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Monday, 15 April 2013 07:07|
Appalachian State University baseball broke a 4-4 tie with five late runs and cruised to a series-clinching 9-5 victory over UNC Greensboro on Sunday afternoon at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Appalachian State (20-11, 10-7 SoCon) scored three runs with two outs in the seventh inning to snap the 4-4 deadlock then added two insurance runs in the eighth to take a 9-4 lead. UNCG (17-19, 5-10 SoCon) tried to rally with three hits in the bottom of the ninth but plated only one run before Appalachian closed out its 20th victory of the season.
Preston Troutman (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit when he lined a 1-1 pitch from UNCG starter Lee Gilliam (2-2) into right-center field with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh. Troutman’s single drove in Will Callaway (Greenville, S.C./Eastside) and Josh Zumbrook (Wilkesboro, N.C./West Wilkes) to give the Mountaineers a 6-4 lead. One batter later, Hector Crespo (Miami, Fla./Florida Christian) ripped another 1-1 pitch from Gilliam through the left side of the infield to bring Gabe Dimock (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) home from third and stretch the advantage to 7-4.
Zumbrook and Dillon Dobson (Boonville, N.C./Starmount) both had sacrifice flies against UNCG reliever Caleb Henley in the eighth to push the Appalachian lead to 9-4. Three UNCG singles cut the Mountaineer lead to 9-5 and put the tying run on deck in the ninth but Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman), Appalachian State’s third pitcher of the afternoon, got three-hole hitter Trevor Edwards to harmlessly foul out to third to end the ballgame.
It didn’t look like Appalachian would need a late-inning rally early in the ballgame when it scored a run in the first inning and three in the second to grab a 4-0 lead. Greensboro-area native Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) highlighted the early surge with a two-out, bases-clearing three-run triple to right-center field in the second inning.
However, the Spartans plated three runs of their own in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth to make it 4-4 and set up the Mountaineers’ late-game heroics. Crespo and Callaway paced Appalachian’s 11-hit attack with two apiece while Davis and Troutman combined for five RBI with their respective clutch hits in the second and seventh innings.
Rob Marcello (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach) worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for his first win of the season. With the triumph, the Mountaineers won this weekend’s Southern Conference series, two games to one, and moved within a game-and-a-half of first-place Elon and Western Carolina (both 12-6 in league play) in the SoCon standings. Appalachian has won three-straight conference series.
Appalachian State returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to High Point for a 6 p.m. contest.
NOTES: Appalachian State won the regular-season series versus UNCG for the fifth time in the last seven years ... the teams combined to leave 27 runners on base on Sunday and stranded a total of 62 baserunners over the course of the three-game series ... Appalachian has outscored its opponents 36-15 in both the first and seventh innings this season ... Crespo and Dimock both extended their team-best hitting streaks to nine games ... Crespo has multiple hits in 12 of the last 22 games ... Dimock has hit safely in every game since making his collegiate debut on March 31 versus Wofford ... Callaway is hitting .514 (18-for-35) with 14 RBI and 12 runs scored during his current eight game hitting streak ... Davis hit .538 (7-for-13) with three doubles, a triple, five RBI and four runs scored in his hometown this weekend ... Zumbrook returned to the lineup for the first time since sustaining an ankle injury versus Wofford on March 31.
Photo Courtesy: Preston Troutman, ASU Athletics
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