ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Appalachian State rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to down homestanding UNC Asheville 6-3 at McCormick Field Tuesday night.
The Mountaineers (18-10) scored six straight runs to pick up their 11th straight victory over the Bulldogs (10-24).
Four ASU relievers held Asheville scoreless over the final seven innings. Taylor Thurber (2-0) picked up the win in relief. Josh Wilson threw one pitch in the bottom of the ninth to earn his first save of the season.
Phillip Treadway hit a three-run homer for the Bulldogs in the second inning for Asheville’s only runs of the night. Todd Joyner and Kyle Towles had two hits each for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second inning. Joyner led off with a double that was just fair down the right-field line. One out later, Towles singled to left-field to put runners on first and third.
With two outs, Treadway hit his second home run of the season over the left-field wall to put the home team in front, 3-0.
Asheville starter Tommy Houmard managed to strand eight runners and keep the Apps off the scoreboard through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth inning.
Jaylin Davis had a run-scoring single to put the Mountaineers on board and cut the lead to 3-1. With two outs and the bases loaded, Noah Holmes delivered a two-run single to knot the game at 3-3.
ASU took the lead in the next inning. Preston Troutman led off with a double. He stole third and then scored on a ground-out by Gabe Dimock for a 4-3 Mountaineer lead.
The Apps added a run in the seventh for a 5-3 lead. William Head was hit by a pitch with one out. He went to second on a ground-out. He then stole third and came home on a throwing error on the play.
UNC Asheville is back in action on Wednesday when the Bulldogs travel to Wofford for a 7 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Greenwood Field this weekend when they’ll start a three-game Big South Conference series against Presbyterian College starting Friday at 3 p.m.