|Mountaineers’ Comeback Falls Short|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:52|
An error by the Appalachian State University baseball team helped the University of Michigan (6-10-1) stretch its early lead, and a controversial call in the eighth inning saw Appalachian’s hopes of a
comeback fall short, in a 4-3 loss at Patriots Point Park in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Michigan’s Kendall Patrick singled to left field and the next batter walked. Two sacrifice bunts advanced the runners but a bad throw from pitcher Jamie Nunn (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) flew over the first baseman head, scoring two runs and giving Michigan la 4-2 lead.
The Mountaineers (4-14) rallied and scored a rum in the bottom of the eighth, trimming the lead at 4-3. Preston Troutman had a run-scoring single in the frame.
But with two runners on and two outs, William Head (Asheville, N.C./
Asheville) hit a blooper over the second baseman’s head. The center fielder picked up the ball and fired it home. Matt Brill tried to score on the play, but he was thrown out trying to score.
Nunn got the start for Appalachian. He pitched 6.1 innings with four strikeouts. He was charged with all four runs but only three of them were earned. He was replaced by Zach Joyce. Joyce pitched the last 2.2 innings and only gave up one hit, retiring eight of his 10 batters faced.
Michigan jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the third. Travis Maezes had an RBI triple, and he scored on Jacob Cronenworth's sacrifice fly.
Brill homered in the fourth inning, his first home run of the year, making it 2-1; Troutman had an RBI single in the sixth that tied the game
Appalachian outhit the Wolverines, 8-5. Troutman accounted for three of those hits and he drove in two runs. In the last seven game, Troutman is 11-of-24 with a double, a triple, a home run, seven RBI and six runs scored.
Michigan was led by Maezes who had two hits, a run, and an RBI. Starting pitcher Trent Szkutnik recorded the win for the Wolverines pitching 5.2 innings, giving up six strikeouts and three hits.
Appalachian State will continue its three-game weekend at the College of Charleston Tournament with a 11 a.m. matchup against Kent State at Patriots Point Park in Mount Pleasant, S.C. on Saturday.
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