ETSU rallies past Mountaineers
by Staff Reports
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — East Tennessee's three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference in Appalachian State's 7-4 loss to the Bucs on Wednesday evening at Thomas Stadium.
Appalachian (32-10) trailed 3-2 going into the seventh but knotted the game at 3-3 on Hector Crespo's solo home run to lead off the inning. East Tennessee State (20-24) answered with a leadoff walk and four-straight singles in the bottom of the inning to retake a 6-3 advantage.
The teams swapped single runs in the eighth and the Mountaineers couldn't make it any closer in the ninth. The loss snapped Appalachian's seven-game winning streak but extended its losing skid to ETSU to three-straight defeats.
Trey Holmes went 4-for-4 with a triple, RBI and run scored to lead the Mountaineers' 12-hit attack. Preston Troutman also had a triple among his three hits and true freshman Brandon Burris went 2-for-5 with two doubles to raise his batting average to .403.
Although Appalachian banged out 12 hits, it left nine runners on base and had another thrown out at the plate to end an inning. Of the nine ASU runners left on base, four were stranded at third base.
Ryne Frankoff, one of seven pitchers used by the Mountaineers, issued the leadoff walk in the seventh to suffer his first loss of the season.
Clinton Freeman and Dylan Pratt had three hits apiece to pace ETSU.
Appalachian returns to action at 6 p.m. Friday when it begins a three-game Southern Conference series at home against UNC Greensboro at Smith Stadium.