Mountaineers handle High Point 6-2
Preston Troutman matched a career high with three hits and Jamie Nunn worked six strong innings on the mound to lead Appalachian State to a solid 6-2 win over visiting High Point on Tuesday at Smith Stadium.
Appalachian (29-9) never trailed in the workmanlike victory to finish off a perfect 4-0 homestand and up its NCAA Division I-best home record to 21-1 on the season.
Appalachian moved to 45-7 all-time and 10-0 this season in non-conference games at Smith Stadium.
Troutman, who had five RBI in this past weekend's three-game sweep of Furman, drove in two more runs in his 3-for-4 effort Tuesday night. The sophomore put the Mountaineers on the scoreboard with a two-out RBI triple in the second inning, and brought home another run with a perfectly executed bunt single in the sixth.
Troutman, who was hitting .213 just four days ago, raised his batting average to .253 with Tuesday's three-hit performance.
Hector Crespo, Tyler Zupcic, Daniel Kassouf and Tyler Tewell also drove in runs for Appalachian. Kassouf's second double was a line drive that just missed clearing the left-field wall for what would have been his school-record-tying 16th home run of the season.
Tewell, the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Week, also had two hits, including his 14th double of the campaign. Tewell extended his hitting streak eight games and raised his batting average to a team-best .396.
Crespo and Zupcic both hit safely for the seventh game in a row, while Tewell, Zupcic and Kassouf have all reached base in eight-straight games. Troutman's three-hit game marked the 35th time this season that a Mountaineer had at least three hits in a game.
Nunn limited High Point (23-21) to just four hits and a single run over six innings. He struck out three, walked one and needed just 73 pitches to cruise through his six frames.
The true freshman moved to 4-0 in his career with the win while lowering his ERA to 1.59. Four Mountaineer relievers combined to scatter three hits over the final three innings to close out the win.
ASU pitchers walked just two batters on Tuesday. The Mountaineers have issued only five walks in their last 37 1/3 innings of work, dating back to the eighth inning of their 7-6 loss at Georgia Southern on April 15.
The Mountaineers snapped a two-game losing streak to High Point but won for the 10th time in their last 12 matchups versus the Panthers
Appalachian begins a four-game road stint on Friday when it opens a three-game SoCon series at Wofford. The set opens with a 7 p.m. contest on Friday at Russell C. King Field in Spartanburg, S.C.