Appalachian State (11-20, 5-4 SoCon) had 10 hits but left the bases juiced in the second and fifth innings and came away scoreless after a leadoff triple in the sixth, en route to its third-straight loss. The three-game skid is Appalachians longest in nearly a month, dating back to three-consecutive defeats at the hands of Notre Dame, Clemson and Michigan on March 11, 12 and 14.
The Citadel (14-21, 2-11 SoCon) broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the third inning and three in the fourth to take the commanding 8-2 advantage. The Bulldogs benefitted from a costly error, three walks and a hit batter in their four-run third and took advantage of another walk in the fourth. In all, The Citadel needed only five hits all singles to plate its seven runs in the third and fourth innings.
Appalachian States lone runs came on RBI singles by Alex Leach (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) in the second inning and freshman Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) in the third. Brills run-scoring single extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.
Starting pitcher Jamie Nunn (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) struggled to find the strike zone and allowed five runs (three earned) on only three hits. Nunn walked three and hit a batter in just three innings of work. He suffered his first loss in four starts and fall to 3-5 on the season.
Jaylin Davis (McLeansville, N.C./Northeast Guilford) went 3-for-4 with a double to pace the Mountaineers 10-hit attack. Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) chipped in with two hits.
Bo Thompson led The Citadel offensively by going 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo homer, two RBI and three runs scored. Johnathan Stokes drove in three runs for the Bulldogs.
Despite allowing 10 hits, issuing three walks and hitting a batter, The Citadels starting pitcher Logan Cribb tossed his first complete game of the season. The southpaw threw 126 pitches in the effort.
Appalachian State looks to even the three-game Southern Conference series on Saturday when it hosts The Citadel for Game Two. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Smith Stadium.
NOTES: Brill is hitting .468 (22-for-47) during his 13-game hitting streak ... the three-inning outing matches the second-shortest in 30-career starts for Nunn ... Appalachian State fell to 6-3 at Smith Stadium this season ... the Mountaineers have dropped back-to-back home games for the first time since they lost consecutive games to No. 29 Western Carolina on May 16-17 of last season ... the defeat was Appalachians sixth-straight to The Citadel ... however, the Mountaineers fell to The Citadel at home for the first time since a 6-3 loss to the Bulldogs at Smith Stadium on March 28, 2010.
Photo Courtesy: Alex Leach, App State Athletics