NOTE: While basketball is still in season, baseball updates will be abbreviated to series entries. Once the SoCon Basketball Tournament concludes, regular baseball entries will return.
Appalachian won the home series over Butler by splitting the doubleheader on Saturday and winning the rubber match on Sunday afternoon. Both games were played in very cool weather, as Saturday was overcast, while Sunday was sunny, but very windy. Pitching was the difference all weekend long for the Mountaineers.
In game one, Jamie Nunn struck out six batter in seven innings, while only giving up two runs on five hits to get his second win of the season. Appalachian scored four runs in the sixth inning which brought on mostly by a three-run home run by first baseman Alex Leach. Jaylin Davis hit his second home run of the season , a solo shot, on a laser to left center field that never elevated over twenty feet in the air when it went out. Taylor Thurber finished the last innings of the game in a non-save situation giving the Mountaineers the 6-2 win.
In game two, Jeffrey Spring struggled for the second time this season. Many of the hits Butler got off of Springs were just finding the holes as nothing was really hit with too much power behind it. Springs was pulled in the fourth inning after giving up nine runs on nine hits. Only five of his runs were earned as Appalachian committed five errors in the game. Noah Holmes was uncharacteristic with three errors and Will Callaway was charged with two. Butler banged out 17 hits in the 12-7 win. Freshman Preston Tiller and Dillon Dobson were given starts in right field and first base respectively.
In game three, Appalachian got a decent start from Sam Agnew-Wieland. Also known as “The Hypen”, Agnew-Wieland had a rough fourth inning, giving up five runs in the frame, but otherwise put up six zeroes on the board through seven innings. Sam struck out seven batters, while only walking one. Alex Leach hit his second home run in as many days, this one a solo shot in the third inning. Brandon Burris added a two run homer in the four run seventh inning for the Mountaineers. The Hypen earned his second victory of the season while Tyler Moore worked a scoreless eight inning and Rob Marcello pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Appalachian is now 4-1 on the season and will face off against High Point (5-2) on Tuesday.
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