ASU blanks Georgia Southern 2-0
by Staff Reports
Stadium record crowd of 1,116 saw Sam Agnew-Wieland turn in his second-consecutive
complete-game shutout to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 2-0
win over Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon.
With its second-straight victory over Georgia Southern (19-11, 9-5 SoCon), Appalachian State (17-9, 8-5 SoCon) moved within a half-game of the first-place Eagles in the Southern Conference standings. Appalachian looks to complete its first-ever series sweep over GSU when the clubs meet in the finale of their three-game SoCon series at 1 p.m. today at Smith Stadium.
Agnew-Wieland (5-2) followed up last Saturday's five-hit shutout win against Wofford with an even more dominant performance against Georgia Southern. The right-handed junior allowed just two hits, struck out nine and needed only 102 pitches to complete the win.
did not surrender a hit to 19-straight batters between Chase Griffin's single
to left field in the first inning and Robbie Dodds' infield hit in the seventh.
He retired 14 in a row between his only walks of the afternoon in the second
and sixth innings.
The Mountaineers gave Agnew-Wieland all the run support he would need in the bottom of the first when Will Callaway slapped a two-out RBI single through the left side of the infield. They tacked on an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh on an error by GSU relief pitcher Justin Hess, which allowed Preston Troutman to score from third and give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead.
That would be more than enough for Agnew-Wieland, who sat down Georgia Southern's final nine batters of the afternoon to become the first Appalachian State pitcher since at least 2003 with two complete-game shutouts in a season.
that same 11-season span, he is one of only two Mountaineer hurlers with
multiple shutouts in a career. Seth Grant tossed
shutouts as a junior in 2011 and a senior in 2012.
Callaway finished 3-for-4 and recorded three of Appalachian's five hits as a team. Hector Crespo and Gabe Dimock accounted for the Mountaineers' only other hits.
Agnew-Wieland outdueled Georgia Southern starter Jason Richman, who allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits in 62/3 innings of work. Richman was saddled with the loss to fall to 4-2 on the campaign.