APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL (19-5, 7-2 SoCon) vs. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (7-16, 2-4 MEAC)
Oddly enough, the Aggies are throwing the same starting pitcher against Appalachian as they did in the first meeting, that the Mountaineers won 5-3 last month. That game was the first for Appalachian after taking the series from Louisiana State. Appalachian is 11-0 at home and has won ten in row over NC A&T. Appalachian pitcher Jamie Nunn is making his third start in his career. Nunn has given up seven hits and three earned runs in those starts. Of the 31 outs that Nunn has recorded in his two starts, 26 were either by strikeout or ground out.
ASU Fr. RHP Jamie Nunn (1-0, 1.98 ERA) vs. N.C. A&T Jr. LHP Ruben Torrellas (0-2, 6.00 ERA)
Appalachian jumped out to 8-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 14-0 win over in state foe North Carolina A&T. Jamie Nunn (2-0, 1.78) pitched a solid five innings, only allowing three hits to get his second win of the season. Josh Wilson, Jordan Jessup, David Port and Nathan Hyatt all pitched an inning to complete the shutout.
Ten Mountaineers recorded the fifteen hits with freshman left fielder Brandon Burris (.444) going 3-3 with with a run and an RBI. Burris started his fifth game of the season for Preston Troutman who is nursing a sore hamstring. With Troutman (.206, 14 H, 15 K) struggling at the plate, Burris may see more playing time throughout the season. Will Callaway (.394, 15 SB, 24 RBI) , Hector Crespo(.304, 19 BB, 15 SB) and Jeremy Dowdy(.318, 18 RBI, 13 BB) added two hits each. The Mountaineers top six batters in the order are averaging .300 or better. Eight Mountaineers have six or more doubles. The Mountaineers have outscored their opponents by 96 runs on the season, while only allowing 89 runs on the season. Appalachian has stolen 47 bases this season compared to just ten stolen bases by their opponents.
Appalachian hosts Oakland University for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.