The Mountaineers will most likely be big underdogs in the first round of the tournament. Appalachian only won two games against the SoCon South all season long and was handled easily by the Cougars in Boone in mid-February. I am thinking Charleston will be favored by 9 points here.
Line was posted with Appalachian being spotted six points and I decided to jump on it and ride my Mountaineers. Appalachian cruised for the most of the game besides the first eight minutes of the game. Appalachian stretched their lead by as many as 18 points late in the second half before the final margin was posted. The Mountaineers shot well all afternoon long while Charleston struggled in all aspects of the game until late.
Appalachian will play its first game after a massive series win over #7 Louisiana State in Baton Rouge. Ryan Arrowood (1-0, 1.64) and Rob Marcello (2-0, 0.68) pitched masterful games and both picked up wins in only allowing one run combined in the final two games of the series.
North Carolina A&T played at Elon last Tuesday and lost 8-5. The Aggies picked up a win over Navy in their first series of the year and won two out of three from Temple this past weekend. This will be the Aggies second home game of the season. The Aggies have relied on a 3.34 staff ERA while only allowing opponents to hit .208 on the season.
Appalachian trailed most of the game but scored all of their runs in the sixth and ninth innings to win 5-3 over North Carolina A&T. True freshman Jeffrey Springs got his first collegiate start and allowed two runs in the first inning, but settled down to hold the Aggies to four total hits in four innings. Springs struggled a bit with his control, walking three batters and only throwing 37 of his 72 pitches for strikes.
Will Callaway(.333), Tyler Tewell(.333), and and Jeremy Dowdy(.318) led the Mountaineers bats with two hits apiece. Daniel Kassouf saw his average dip below .300 but did collect his team leading 7th RBI. David Port collected his first win of the season while Nathan Hyatt added his third save in as many appearances.