ASU powers past Samford
by Staff Reports
Appalachian State's William Head had a career-best four RBIs, and Preston Troutman matched a career-high with three hits and drove in another with four runs to lead the Mountaineers to a 10-5 win over Samford on Friday at Smith Stadium
Head's four RBIs came in a span of just two innings when Appalachian State (23-15, 11-10 SoCon) jumped out to a commanding 7-2 lead. The Mountaineers scored five runs in the third and two more in the fourth.
Head highlighted the five-run third with a two-run double down the right-field line, and drove in both runs in the fourth with a two-out, two-run single to center field.
Troutman's career-best four runs came on Head's hits in the third and fourth. Will Callaway's two-run single in the sixth and his own towering solo home run in the eighth capped the Mountaineers' scoring.
Callaway had a pair of singles to go along with the eighth-inning homer to account for his three hits.
Hector Crespo also had two hits and two RBIs to help pace Appalachian's 10-run outburst. With his fifth-straight multi-hit game, Crespo raised his batting average to .351.
Appalachian State's starting pitcher, Jamie Nunn scattered nine hits over eight innings. Nunn, who picked up his conference leading eighth win of the season, struck out five and allowed just three runs.
The quality start (six or more innings pitched, three or fewer runs allowed) was Nunn's ninth in 11 starts this season.
Appalachian chased Samford starter Alex Milazzo (6-1) from the game after just four innings. Milazzo was touched for seven runs --five earned -- on six hits in his first loss of the season.
Samford (22-21, 8-11 SoCon) banged out 13 hits but five of the 13 were infield singles. Designated hitter C.K. Irby had three infield hits in his 5-for-5 performance.
The teams continue their three-game SoCon series at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.