|Dobson Powers App State Again!|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Sunday, 06 April 2014 07:51|
One day after driving in a what was a career-high five runs, Dillon Dobson (Hamptonville, N.C./Starmount) set a new personal standard with seven RBI in Appalachian State University baseball’s
13-4 victory over Wofford on Saturday afternoon at Russell C. King Field.
Dobson, who went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in Friday’s 12-5 Appalachian State win, was even more impressive in Saturday’s triumph, going 3-for-6 with a grand slam, a two-run single and an RBI double. Dobson’s career-best seven RBI were the most by a Mountaineer since the program’s all-time RBI leader, Isaac Harrow, drove in seven runs against UNCG on May 9, 2009.
Dobson’s first-career grand slam capped a five-run fifth inning for Appalachian State (11-17, 5-2) that broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Mountaineers a commanding 6-1 lead.
Appalachian led 7-2 going into the eighth inning but put another five-spot on the board to turn the ballgame into a rout. The Apps pounded out six hits in the five-run eighth, highlighted by an RBI double by Tyler Zupcic (Charlotte, N.C./Providence), Dobson’s two-run single and a two-run double by William Head (Asheville, N.C./Asheville).
Dobson put an exclamation point on his career afternoon when he closed out Appalachian’s scoring with his RBI double in the ninth.
Dobson was one of seven Mountaineers to record multiple hits on Saturday afternoon, as App State clubbed a season-high 19 hits as a team. True freshman Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the way with four hits while Dobson and Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) added three apiece. Appalachian’s 13-run output could have been even higher had it not left 12 men on base.
The offensive explosion overshadowed another sterling start on the mound by sixth-year senior Tyler Moore (Banner Elk, N.C./Watauga), who limited Wofford (17-14, 1-7 SoCon) to three runs over seven-plus innings. The right-hander surrendered 10 hits, issued two walks and hit a batter but induced three double plays to earn his Southern Conference-leading sixth win of the season. After an 0-2 start to the campaign, Moore has won each of his last six starts and owns a 2.15 ERA during that stretch.
Plagued by a costly error in the Mountaineers’ five-run fifth inning, Wofford starting pitcher Luke Leftwich was saddled with six runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings to fall to 3-3 on the season. Seth Neely and Derek Hirsch paced the Terriers’ 11-hit attack with two apiece.
Appalachian State looks to complete its first three-game SoCon sweep in nearly two years on Sunday when it plays the series finale versus Wofford at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) went 2-for-5 to extend his Appalachian State season-best hitting streak to nine games ... Brill is hitting .444 (16-for-36) during the nine-game streak ... Appalachian’s 19 hits shattered its previous season-high of 14, which it had accomplished three times in the previous four games ... the Mountaineers clinched their fifth-straight series victory over Wofford ... App State has not lost a series to the Terriers since it dropped 2-of-3 games at King Field in 2008 ... the Apps are 17-1 in their last 18 games against Wofford ... the Mountaineers have not swept a three-game SoCon series since they took all three games in their last visit to Wofford on April 28-29, 2012 ... Appalachian moved to 3-1 this month and 56-20 in the month of April since 2012 ... the Mountaineers have banged out 22 extra-base hits in the past three games.
Photo Courtesy: Dillon Dobson, ASU Athletics
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