Duke (7-7) @ Appalachian State University Baseball (9-2)

Duke has suffered losses to Texas twice, Campbell, Canisus twice and George Washington. Duke just finished an eight game home stand and will travel to Western Carolina on Tuesday before playing Appalachian on Wednesday.

Duke lost to Western Carolina on Tuesday Night 12-4. The Blue Devils could only manage eight hits and committed 2 errors. Every Duke pitcher gave up a run while on the mound. Remy Janco was the only Duke pitcher who did not give up an earned run. Western Carolina pounded out 14 hits from 7 different players. Western Carolina scored its 12 runs in five of eight innings they batted.

Starters:

ASU Fr. LHP Jeffrey Springs (0-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Duke Fr. RHP Nick Piscotty (0-0, 16.62 ERA)

 A midweek record crowd and a school record five double plays helped lead Appalachian to a 6-4 win over ACC foe Duke on Wednesday Night at Smith Stadium. Appalachian scored five runs in the first two innings and fought through a shaky bullpen in the middle innings. Jeffrey Springs (1-0, 3.75) pitched 5 innings giving up two runs to get his first collegiate win. Nathan Hyatt picked up his fifth save of the year facing the minimum in the Duke ninth inning.

The Mountaineers were led offensively by Tyler Tewell (.390, 1 HR, 10 RBI) who picked up three hits and 2 RBI while Daniel Kassouf (.388, 3 HR, 11 RBI) added three hits and an RBI. Tyler Zupcic (.289 1 HR, 12 RBI) hit his first home run of the season with a two-run shot in the second inning. Will Callaway(.326, 8 RBI, 9 SB) also added two hits and stole a base in the winning effort. The Mountaineers did strand thirteen runners but only struck out twice. The Apps are now 5-0 at home this season and have turned thirteen double plays in twelve games. Appalachian has stolen 26 bases this season compared to just three stolen bases by their opponents.

Appalachian State Women’s Basketball: Samford Postgame (SoCon Championship)

It was difficult to watch, and even more of a struggle to write about, but here it goes. Some of the things we were worried about going into the Championship game against Samford came true in a 54-43 loss. Appalachian shot the basketball horridly for the entire game, only 29%, after shooting 51% the day before against Chattanooga. Secondly, it was not the starters who did not show up, it was the bench players, where Appalachian was outscored 19-9. Appalachian was flustered by good defense and put up bad shots, and did not take the ball to the basket strong, which led to only four free throw attempts to Samford’s 16 attempts. The turnover battle was even, but Samford did a much better job of capitalizing on mistakes, scoring 23 points to only 13 for Appalachian.

After all that, Appalachian still had a chance to win the game. After trailing by as many as ten points on three different occasions in the first half, the Mountaineers cut the Samford lead to seven at halftime. Appalachian battled back in the second half and led by one point on two different occasions, with just over eight minutes to play. However Samford’s hot shooting in the second half and their free throws helped them pull away to their second straight championship and NCAA berth

Appalachian will now wait until early next week to determine its fate for a potential WNIT at large berth. Those pairings will be released late Monday Night, March 12th.