ASU blanks Wofford 6-0
by Staff Reports
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Appalachian State finished off a three-game sweep of Southern Conference rival Wofford with a 6-0 win Sunday at Russell C. King Field at Switzer Stadium.
The Mountaineers (32-9, 16-5 SoCon) picked up their 13th-straight victory against the Terriers (17-26, 5-16 SoCon) and have swept four consecutive three-game series against Wofford. ASU also picked up its first conference road-series win this year after dropping two-of-three in each of its previous two SoCon road series.
In what turned out to be a pitcher's duel early, the Mountaineers would snag an early 1-0 lead when Preston Troutman led off the third inning with a walk before advancing to third on an error and scoring on sacrifice fly from Brandon Burris.
Rob Marcello held the Terriers without a hit until the bottom of the third when James Foster broke up the no-hitter with a single to center.
Marcello (6-3) picked up the win by allowing just two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over seven innings of work. Nunn allowed just one base runner in his appearance while recording three strikeouts.
Wofford would find itself in position to tie the game when David Roney drew a one-out walk and stole second with two outs in the fifth to put himself in scoring position, but Marcello would induce a groundout to end the inning and keep the one-run lead intact.
Will Callaway led off the sixth with a single with and advanced to second on Daniel Kassouf's groundout to first. A Tyler Tewell single would put Callaway on third before Jeremy Dowdy put the Mountaineers up 2-0 with a single to center field.
Appalachian would tack on two more runs in the top of the seventh after back-to-back singles and an error put runners on second and third with no outs. Burris singled up the middle in the next at bat to plate two and put the Mountaineers in front 4-0.
Wofford would find itself in position to cut into the lead when a two-out walk and a single put runners on first and second, but Marcello induced yet another groundball to short to end the seventh.
Hector Crespo doubled to right center in the eighth inning to bring Noah Holmes home before Burris' single sent Crespo across the plate to make it 6-0.
Appalachian's bullpen would shut things down from there as Jamie Nunn tossed two solid innings in relief to extend ASU's winning streak to seven games.
Burris led the Mountaineers at the plate on the day with four RBI in a 2-for-3 performance. Crespo finished 3-for-5 with two runs while Callaway and Holmes each finished with two hits.
Appalachian State returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday with a non-conference matchup at East Tennessee State.