A stellar pitching performance from Ryan Arrowood (Rutherfurdton, N.C./R-S Central) in game one and timely hitting in game two gave Appalachian State University baseball two victories in a doubleheader sweep of Southern Conference rival Wofford on Saturday at King Field. The Mountaineers (31-9, 15-5 SoCon) notched their sixth-straight win and downed the Terriers (17-25, 5-14 SoCon) for the 12th-straight time. In the first game, Arrowood (8-0) was masterful on the mound,
limiting Wofford to two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings while striking out seven batters. The victory moved him into a tie for second all-time in Appalachian State history in career wins (25) and made him the first pitcher in school history with three eight-win seasons.
Appalachian would get things started early in the second inning when Daniel Kassouf (Lexington, N.C./Belmont Abbey/ North Davidson) and Tyler Tewell (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) led off with back-to-back singles before scoring on Preston Troutman’s (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) two-run single to left.
The Terriers answered with a run on an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning to make it 2-1 and tied things up at 2-2 on a one-run single in the fifth. The Apps regained the lead when Will Callaway (Greenville, S.C./Young Harris J.C./Eastside) scored on Kassouf’s RBI groundout in the top of the sixth after reaching on an error to start the inning.
Wofford would threaten again in the eighth inning when it was able to put two runners on wit two outs, but Nathan Hyatt (Brevard, N.C./Brevard) induced a groundout to third to end the threat. The Terriers would put one more runner on in the bottom of the ninth before Hyatt closed things out with a game-ending double play to pick up his ninth save of the season.
In game two, Appalachian struck first again on Kassouf’s single to right field in the third inning, but Wofford answered with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The Mountaineers responded with a run in the sixth when Trey Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./Pitt C.C./East Rowan) singled home a run and nearly took a 3-2 lead, but Jeremy Dowdy (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) was cut down at the plate to keep the score knotted at 2-2.
Kassouf double in two more runs in the seventh to give him four RBI on the day and give ASU a 4-2 lead, but the Terriers put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-4. Seth Grant (Etowah, N.C./East Henderson), who had cruised through the Wofford lineup early in the game, was lifted after allowing two runs and issuing a walk in the inning. An error by the infield and a wild pitch by reliever Will Helms (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) would compound the problems and allow the Terriers to score the other two runs of the inning.
The Apps managed to tie the game at 6-6 with two runs in the top of the eighth when Troutman scored on an error and Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) scored on Tyler Zupcic’s (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) sacrifice fly to center. David Port (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the win, his second of the year, and set the Mountaineers up for a dramatic ninth. After Tewell and Dowdy made the first two outs of the inning, T. Holmes doubled to left center and scored on Troutman’s two-out RBI single to left.
Hyatt entered in the ninth and promptly induced a fly out to left field before walking a batter. The junior righty would settle in however, striking out the final two batters of the game to pick up his second save of the day and 10th of the season. Kassouf led the Mountaineers with four RBI in a 4-for-8 performance on the day while Troutman finished 3-for-6 with three RBI.
Appalachian State and Wofford wrap up their three-game series tomorrow when the teams meet at 1 p.m. in the series finale.
NOTES: Hyatt improved to 10-for-10 in save situations this season ... Hector Crespo (Miami, Fla./Florida Christian) moved into a tie for 10th in ASU history in career runs with 137 ... Grant moved into ninth place in school history in career innings pitched with 214.1 ... Tewell extended his hitting streak to 10 games ... the Apps improved to 10-0 in doubleheaders this season ... Tewell, Zupcic and Kassouf have all reached base in eight-straight games ... Kassouf’s three-hit game marked the 36th time this season that a Mountaineer had at least three hits in a contest.
Photo Courtesy: Ryan Arrowood, ASU Athletics