Freshman Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) won game his first collegiate game, and he tossed his first career shutout as the Appalachian State University baseball team blasted Virginia Tech 11-0 at English
Field in Blacksburg, Va.
Mason, tossed a two hit shutout, as the Mountaineers (15-23) picked up their first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team in nine tries this season. It's App State's first over the Hokies since a 5-4 win in 1994.
Mason (1-1) was in complete control. He retired 20 conssecutive hitters before he gave up a walk in the eighth and a base hit in the ninth.
The Mountaineers broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning. The Mountaineers scored four times on just two hits; they scored three more runs on three hits in the eighth.
Preston Troutman and Bradley Morton led the way. Troutman homered and drove in three runs; Morton was 2-4 with three RBI; Matt Brill was 3-5 with an RBI; Michael Pierson homered. The Mountaineers pounded out 14 hits.
The Mountaineers return home to play Gardner-Webb today at 6 p.m. at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. Coverage begins at 5:40 p.m. on AM 1450, WATA and appstatesports.com
NOTES: Last two-hit, complete game came from Sam Agnew-Wieland on April 6, 2013 against Georgia Southern.....Tonights win was the eighth win over an ACC team since 2007 but the first in nine tries this season.....Largest margin of victory over an ACC opponent since 22-6 win over Wake Forest in 2008 and the most runs scored on an ACC opponent this season.....First shutout win over an ACC team.....This is Appalachians first true road win of the year against a non-conference opponent. The Mountaineers are winless in 11 previous true non-conference road games this season. However, all 11 defeats have come at ACC and Southeastern Conference opponents and nine of the 11 have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams.
Photo Courtesy: Sean Mason, App State Athletics