BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State got a five-run third inning to go along with 11 strikeouts by the Mountaineer pitching staff to defeat UNC Asheville 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at Smith Stadium, completing the three-game sweep of the Bulldogs in the process.
App State took both games of a twin bill yesterday and improves to 4-11 on the season with the win today. Asheville drops to 3-10 and will have a two-game homestand this week at Greenwood Field, hosting Tennessee Tech on Tuesday at 3 p.m. followed by East Tennessee State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. as well.
The Bulldogs took the early lead in the second, when senior Sam Turner belted his first home run of the season – a two-run shot down the leftfield line to put Asheville up 2-0. The Mountaineers responded with five runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by an Alex Leach double to right-center that plated two runners.
The Mountaineers plated two more runners in the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch and an RBI ground out by Dillon Dobson to take a 7-2 lead over the Blue & White.
Asheville responded with a pair of runs in the sixth, as senior outfielder Phillip Treadway tripled to right-center to plate Erik Connolly from first followed by a sacrifice flay from Kyle Carruthers to bring Treadway home.
Senior outfielder Eli Miller bashed a solo homer to left center in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to 7-5, but the Bulldogs could not complete the comeback over the final five outs.
Carruthers and Miller each collected two hits on the day for the Bulldogs, with Tuner driving in a team-best two runs batted in. Miller’s home run in the eighth was his second of the season and marked the first multi-homer game for the Bulldogs this season.
Freshman Joe Zayatz was credited with the loss, allowing five runs on six hits over three innings as the starter. The bullpen of Ethan Steible, Brian Connolly, Nick Schavone, Scott Robinson and Lucas Clarke would give up two runs on three hits over the final five innings of the contest.
Lefty Jeffrey Springs picked up the victory for the Mountaineers, tossing six complete innings and allowing four runs on six hits to improve to 1-0 on the season. Reliever Robert Whaley picked up his second save of 2014 by pitching a shutout ninth.