#27 Appalachian State Baseball (24-7, 9-3 SoCon) @ Gardner-Webb (18-16, 3-6 Big South)

Appalachian State visits Gardner-Webb in a midweek game on Tuesday in Boiling Springs, NC. The Runnin’ Bulldogs will be playing their 28th home game on the season. The Bulldogs are currently 14-13 at home this season, most recently, winning only two of their last seven home games and are ranked #160 in the RPI. Gardner-Webb has impressive road wins at North Carolina and Wofford, but also has two losses to non-Division I schools  Brevard and Mars Hill. The Bulldogs are averaging 5.1 runs per game while giving up 5.3 runs per contest.

Appalachian was ranked by several publications this week. Last week, the Mountaineers came in at #30 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while this week they moved up three spots to #27. Appalachian moved back into the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings at 30th. In the Perfect Game Top 50, Appalachian moved up six spots from last week to #27. Finally, the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll left Appalachian out of its Top 25, but would have been ranked 29th based on number of votes.

Probable Starters:

ASU Fr. LHP Jamie Nunn (3-0, 1.64) vs. GWU So. RHP Andrew Barnett (1-3, 5.20)

Appalachian was fooled by Andrew Barnett for most of the night and could only produce seven hits as they lost for the second game in a row. Barnett did not get the win, but he deserved it. Barnett was known as a strikeout pitcher and he lived up to his billing, striking out eight batters in only 6.1 innings of work.

Appalachian’s seven hits came from four players. Tyler Tewell (.375), Trey Holmes (.237) and Brandon Burris (.429) collected two hits each. Daniel Kassouf beat a throw and was credited with an infield single in the second inning. Hector Crespo struck out four times. Will Callaway ended his 21 game hitting streak. The five errors Appalachian commited in the game were a season high and were commited by five different Mountianeers.


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