ASU beats Wofford 7-6
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
It seemed that whichever team that scored last would win the baseball game between Appalachian State and Wofford Sunday at Smith Stadium.
That turned out to be true. Appalachian State scored last when Noah Holmes belted a walk-off double that gave the Mountaineers a 7-6 victory over Wofford.
Holmes drove in Will Callaway, who reached base on an error. Holmes drove a 1-2 pitch deep to center field, which allowed Callaway to score from first base. Holmes delivered his home run after failing to put down a sacrifice bunt.
"It was a breaking ball away," Holmes said. "I was supposed to get the bunt down and I didn't do it, so I just had to stay with the at-bat and keep at it and it worked out good."
"We sent the runner on that pitch," Appalachian State coach Billy Jones said. "It was hit in the right spot. I'm glad he didn't get the bunt down. That's how that stuff works out."
Appalachian State (14-9, 6-5 SoCon) beat the Terriers back-to-back after losing to Wofford (13-16, 4-8) on Friday night. Appalachian State plays at Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday before hosting Georgia Southern in a three-game series beginning Friday.
"Our guys did a good job today," Jones said. "It was a tough day, obviously, and our guys hung in there. They did a good job."
The Mountaineers had not scored a run since the fifth inning. That run, which gave the Mountaineers a 6-5 lead, was delivered by Gabe Dimock, who hit an RBI single.
It was the first college hit for Dimock, a walk-on senior who has also played club baseball while attending Appalachian State. Dimock, who prepped at Greensboro Grimsley, also reached base on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning, and threw out Matt Moore trying to steal second base in the seventh inning.
Dimock's services were needed after starting catcher, West Wilkes graduate Josh Zumbrook, injured his left ankle when he stepped awkwardly on first base while running out a ground ball in the fourth inning.
"You've just got to stay ready," Dimock said. "It's been 20-some games and Zumbrook's been doing a great job behind the plate and I've been ready to go in. I hate that he got hurt, but I'm glad I could step up and help us win a game."
One inning earlier, leadoff batter Hector Crespo smacked a two-out, three-run home run, which gave the Mountaineers a 5-3 lead. Appalachian State scored four of its seven runs with two outs.
Wofford made sure that Appalachian State's offense kept busy by scoring runs in three straight innings. Josh Hyman cracked a two-run double in the third inning to put the Terriers in front 2-0, and Luke Feisal hit an RBI single to give Wofford a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.
Seth Neely added a two-run double, also with two outs, in the fifth inning to tie the game at 5-5. James Plaisted's RBI single in the eighth inning tied the game 6-6.
Appalachian State rapped out 10 hits against five Wofford pitchers.
The Mountaineers are three games behind SoCon leader Georgia Southern in the league standings. The Eagles (18-9, 9-3) play Appalachian State in a key weekend series beginning with a 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Appalachian State is in sixth place, a half-game behind The Citadel (16-12, 5-4) and a game behind Western Carolina (16-13, 7-5). Elon (17-11, 10-5) is in second place, while College of Charleston (16-11, 7-4) is in third.
"The league is all jumbled up," Jones said. "I know Elon's won a bunch in a row and I know Georgia Southern has nine wins, so we definitely have to make a run because we have all of those teams in front of us."