|App State Slugs Wofford in Series Opener|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:38|
Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) smacked two home runs and Appalachian State University baseball rallied from an early 4-1 deficit for a 12-5 win at Wofford on Friday in a Southern Conference series opener.
The Mountaineers (10-17, 4-2 SoCon) gave up three runs in the first inning, but used a five-run fourth inning to erase the deficit and pick up its third-straight win against the Terriers (17-13, 1-6).
After Josh Hyman drew a leadoff walk to open the bottom of the first, App State starter Jamie Nunn (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) retired the next two batters before allowing a two-run homer to Connor Clancey to give Wofford an early 2-0 lead. The Terriers tacked on another run when Eric Brenk stole home later in the inning.
Appalachian responded in the third inning when Ozzy Gonzalez (Miami, Fla./South Miami) started things off with a leadoff double and scored with two outs when Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) singled to third base.
Wofford scored another run in the bottom of the inning when Clancy jacked his second long ball of the game over the left centerfield wall to make it 4-1 in favor of the Terriers.
The Mountaineers exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth as Tyler Zupcic stroked a leadoff to left before Dobson drilled a 1-2 pitch to deep center field to cut the deficit to one run. William Head (Asheville, N.C./Asheville) doubled with one out later in the inning and scored on a two-out triple from Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) to even the score.
Preston Troutman (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan) gave Appalachian the lead for good when his double to left field made it 5-4 in the next at-bat. Davis capped off the scoring with an RBI triple to make it 6-4 and chase Wofford starter Matthew Milburn from the mound.
A two-out RBI single off the bat of Luke Feisal brought in an unearned run and brought the Terriers within one (6-5) in the bottom of the sixth, but it would be all the closer Wofford would get as the Mountaineers scored six runs in the final two innings en route to the win.
Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) laced a two-run homer to left in the eighth and Zupcic came away with a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 9-4 before Dobson drilled his second homer of the day to center to bring in the final three runs of the game.
Nunn (3-4) picked up the win as he allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in six innings of work while walking two and striking out six. Taylor Thurber (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) pitched two perfect innings in relief and Robert Whaley (Hickory, N.C./Hickory) closed the door in the ninth.
Milburn (2-4) was saddled with the loss as he surrendered six runs on 10 hits in 3.2 innings as the Terriers used six different pitchers.
Dobson was one of five Mountaineers with multiple hits as he finished 3-of-5 with two home runs and five RBI. Brill and Davis each drove in two and Troutman and Zupcic tallied two hits apiece.
Appalachian State returns to action tomorrow when it takes on Wofford in the second game of a three-game series. First pitch from Russell C. King Field is set for 3 p.m.
NOTES: Dobson's five RBI were a career high, topping the four he drove in at Furman on March 10 of last season, which was also the only other game in his career that he has homered twice ... Brill extended his team-best hitting streak to nine games and hit the second home run of his career ... for the second-straight game, Appalachian State's 14 hits matched a season high ... Appalachian has won 16 of its last 17 games versus Wofford ... the Mountaineers are 10-7 since their 0-9 start in February ... Appalachian moved to 55-20 in the month of April since 2012.
Photo Courtesy: Dillon Dobson, ASU Athletics
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