App State/Coastal Carolina Series To Resume At Noon Saturday

BOONE, N.C. — Heavy rains halted play with Appalachian State trailing 7-4 against No. 16 Coastal Carolina in their Sun Belt Conference series opener Friday, and the game will resume with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday at noon.

A graduation and senior day ceremony for seven Appalachian players will take place at 11:40 a.m., and Game 2 of the series would follow the completion of Game 1, weather permitting. App State's last conference series of 2018 cannot extend beyond Saturday, so there will be no games played Sunday.

With staff aces Colin Schmid and Jason Bilous starting on the mound Friday, the Mountaineers posted three doubles and eight total hits in the first four-plus innings. After Coastal Carolina scored two second-inning runs with help from a bunt single and a throw-beating slide into home on a groundout to first, App State tied the game on a two-out, two-run single to right by Beau Myers.

Coastal Carolina took a 4-2 lead in the fourth, as Kieton Rivers followed another leadoff single from Zach Biermann with his second bunt single. A strikeout preceded a comebacker to the mound, and both runners advanced as Schmid threw to first for the out.

A two-out single just out of the reach of a diving infielder scored two runs, and Coastal moved ahead 7-2 with a three-run fifth. The Mountaineers responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, as CJ Brown reached an on error and Bailey Welch singled before Alex Leshock just missed a three-run homer with an RBI double off the top of the right-field fence.

Welch moved to third on the play and scored on Conner Leonard's RBI groundout to third, where Coastal third baseman Keaton Weisz's positioning prevented a possible double down the line.

App State's Luke Watts pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Schmid, who had five strikeouts. He now has 83 strikeouts this season (tied for the third-best season in App State history) and 224 for his career (third place in App State history).

Riley Smith threw out a steal attempt of second base to end the top half of the fifth inning, and a rain delay of 2 hours, 38 minutes followed. Play was officially halted at 7 p.m., after which senior pitcher Travis Holden starred in a viral video that showed him making a rain-soaked sprint around the bases, only to be called out at home by a quick-witted umpire.

App State's Drew Beck is scheduled to lead off the bottom of the sixth with nobody out when the opener resumes.


Friday night's game between the Hickory Crawdads and Kannapolis was rained out. Friday night's game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. The Crawdads play Kannapolis tonight at 7:05 p.m.