|Mountaineers Capture Series Win Over Gonzaga|
|Written by Brandon McGinnis|
|Monday, 13 May 2013 07:48|
With 19 hits and a key pitching performance from right hander Taylor Thurber, Appalachian State University baseball claimed a key non-conference series from West Coast Conference regular season
champion, Gonzaga, with a 13-3 victory on Sunday at Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field.
Five different Mountaineers recorded multi-base hits and every starter recorded a hit, highlighted by Noah Holmes’ eighth inning opposite field two-run home run, putting the game out of reach. Appalachian put runs on the scoreboard in all but three innings, as eight of the nine Mountaineer starters crossed home to combine for 13 runs.
Not only were the Mountaineers lethal at the plate, three Apps were strong on the hill. Chad Farmer got his ninth start of the season and made just one mistake in the third inning, giving up a home run to Marco Gonzales. Thurber entered the game immediately following the home run and pitched six strong, striking out five Gonzaga batters. Thurber earns his third victory of the season, all of which have now come in relief. Tyler Moore entered in the ninth and gave up a single hit.
The Mountaineers began their hitting spree in the second inning, as the Apps plated five runs on six hits. Holmes and Dillon Dobson each recorded doubles for the inning, while Hector Crespo singled through the left side, scoring Jaylin Davis and Josh Zumbrook, who also recorded hits for the inning.
After not recording a hit in the first two games of the series, the freshmen duo of Dobson and Davis combined for a 6-for-10 day with an RBI and four runs scored.
Michael Pierson, who came on in the middle of the second game on Saturday and blasted a grand slam to propel the Apps to the 6-2 win, finished the series 3-for-7 with a grand slam, seven RBI, four runs scored and solid play at both first base and left field. The sophomore entered the Gonzaga series with a .200 average and leaves Spokane with a .259 average (7-for-27).
The middle of the infield, Crespo and Will Callaway, combined for five hits, three runs score and an RBI on the day. Callaway recorded his 12th double of the season in the fifth inning. Alex Bonczyk paced the Gonzaga lineup with three hits, while Gonzales finished with two hits, including his third-inning home run.
Appalachian returns to the diamond and their strenuous four-game stretch with a visit to top-ranked North Carolina on Tuesday. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
NOTES: Appalachian tied its season-high of runs with 13 (Canisius – Feb. 18) … Appalachian set a new season-high in hits with 19, breaking the old mark of 17 (Furman, March 10) … Callaway extended his hit streak to 21 games with his double in the fifth inning … Callaway is now 40-for-91 (.440) with seven doubles, four home runs 25 RBI, 24 runs scored … Crespo added his 22nd multi-hit game of the season, finishing 3-for-6 … For the series, Holmes closed out the three games going 6-for-13 (.462) with three runs, five RBI, a double, and two home runs.
Photo Courtesy: Noah Holmes, ASU Athletics
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