The Citadel lost its first conference series of the year last weekend when they dropped two of three games to Western Carolina at home. The Citadel only scored 11 runs against the Catamounts. The Bulldogs RPI is 185 out of 297 while Appalachian is rated 26th in the RPI. The Mountaineers have only allowed 3.1 runs per game this season while scoring 7.6 runs per game.
Game 1: ASU Sr. RHP Ryan Arrowood (3-0, 3.27 ERA) vs. The Citadel Jr. RHP Austin Pritcher (2-1, 3.16 ERA)
Appalachian won the opening game against The Citadel 10-5 after falling behind 5-1 after three innings. Ryan Arrowood (4-0, 4.03) had a shaky start in the first three innings, giving up 5 earned runs, but settled down in his last four innings of work to keep his perfect record on the season. Nathan Hyatt record his seventh save of the season after Will Helms gave up two hits and a walk in the bottom of the ninth.
The offense started late for the Mountaineers, but they managed ten runs on fourteen hits, scoring all of those runs in their final six at bats. Preston Troutman(.189) had three hits and two RBI. Will Callaway(.377) also notched three hits and two RBI with a walk. Tyler Tewell(.367) hit his third homerun of the season and added three walks. Daniel Kassouf (.382) also had two hits and three RBI and collected his sixth home run of the season. Noah Holmes (.264) hit his first home run of the season as well.
Game 2: ASU Sr. RHP Seth Grant (2-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. The Citadel So. RHP Bryce Hines (0-0, 1.00 ERA)
Appalachian won a series against The Citadel for the first time since 2005 with a 9-4 win on Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers batted around and scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back. Seth Grant upped his record to 3-1 on the season, with his only loss coming to Lousiana State. Chad Farmer, Tyler Moore and David Port pitched the last three innings without giving up a hit.
Daniel Kassouf (.400, 8 HR, 26 RBI) once again led the Mountaineer on offense, belting two more home runs, giving him eight on the season. Tyler Zupcic added two of Appalachian’s five doubles on the day. Every Mountaineer reached base on the day, with seven Mountaineers combining for 12 hits. Jeremy Dowdy did not record a hit, but did walk once and Trey Holmes reached on a third strike past ball.
Game 3: ASU Jr. LHP Rob Marcello (2-0, 1.19 ERA) vs. The Citadel So. LHP Logan Cribb (1-0, 2.38 ERA)
The Mountaineers scored all of their runs in their first six at bats and survived a ninth inning rally from The Citadel to earn their second conference sweep in as many weekends with a 7-6 win on Sunday afternoon. It is the first time ever that Appalachian has swept The Citadel.
Besides the third inning where he allowed three runs, Mountaineer southpaw Rob Marcello (3-0, 1.82) pitched a beautiful game, going seven strong innings and striking out five batters. David Port (3.48) pitched a hitless eight inning. Nathan Hyatt allowed five hits and a walk in the ninth inning, struggling for the second consecutive Sunday afternoon, before Tyler Tewell threw out a Citadel pinch runner at home for the final out of the game.
Will Callaway (.405, 2 HR, 19 RBI) went 4-5 with three runs, two doubles, two RBI and a home run. It was Callaway’s sixth double of the season. Jeremy Dowdy(.319, 16 RBI) also added two hits, two runs, an RBI and his fourth stolen base of the season. Dowdy was also excellent on defense, applying the tag on the tying run in the ninth, and throwing a Bulldog runner trying to steal second. It was the sixth time Dowdy has thrown out a runner stealing this season. The Mountaineers as a team have only allowed six stolen bases this season.
Western Carolina 2-1