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Originally published: 2013-03-17 00:46:19
Last modified: 2013-03-17 00:46:19

ASU earns split with Cornell

by Staff Reports

Noah Holmes went 4-for-6 with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored to lead Appalachian State in its doubleheader split with Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

Appalachian State won Saturday’s opener 9-4 and dropped the nightcap 15-5.

Holmes hit two home runs and scored three times in the opener to help lead Appalachian (10-6) to a come-from-behind win. The two-homer game was the first of his career and the second by a Mountaineer this week.

Dillon Dobson went deep twice in last Sunday’s 10-9 victory at Furman.

Despite Holmes’ second-inning home run, Appalachian trailed 3-1 after four innings in the opener. However, the Mountaineers exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the eighth to turn the two-run deficit into a commanding 9-3 advantage.

Cornell scored a single run in the top of the ninth to account for the final margin.

Hector Crespo, Preston Troutman and Jaylin Davis all drove in runs in the decisive fifth inning Davis cracked his third home run of the season, a towering solo shot to left center field.

Appalachian also benefitted from two costly Cornell errors in the five-run fifth.

Josh Zumbrook stretched Appalachian’s lead to 8-3 with a two-run homer in the sixth. Holmes closed out the Mountaineers’ scoring with his second solo shot of the day in the eighth.

Holmes finished 2-for-3, Crespo went 3-for-5 and Zumbrook went 2-for-4 to pace the Mountaineers’ 11-hit effort in the opener. ASU pitcher Jamie Nunn overcame a shaky start to work eight strong innings on the mound. He allowed just three runs on eight hits while striking out eight to move to 4-1 this season.

Appalachian State was not able to repeat the comeback effort in the nightcap, as Cornell (5-5) led 11-0 after four-and-a-half innings. Appalachian never got closer than eight runs the rest of the way.

Holmes was one of the Mountaineers’ lone bright spots in the 10-run loss, as he went 2-for-3 again with an RBI and a run scored. Troutman added a two-run double and Zumbrook hit his second home run of the afternoon, a two-run blast, in the losing effort.

Matt Hall went 5-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI to highlight Cornell’s 19-hit outburst in the nightcap. J.D. Whetsel, Tom D’Alessandro and Ryan Plantier chipped in with three hits apiece for the Big Red.

Appalachian State and Cornell play the rubber match of their three-game series at 1 p.m. today at Smith Stadium.