ASU's baseball team beats Eastern Kentucky
by Staff Reports
RICHMOND, Ky. -- A three-run seven inning, highlighted by a Dillon Dobson homerun over the right center wall, propelled Appalachian State to a 9-6 win over Eastern Kentucky Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field.
Dobson, who was slotted in the second spot in the lineup, combined with leadoff hitter Hector Crespo to go 7-for-11 with three runs and five RBI. The duo also combined for the cycle as Dobson tallied a double and a home run, while Crespo began the game with a leadoff triple and recorded a single.
Preston Troutman was the third Mountaineer in the lineup to record multi-hits, finishing 2-for-5 with a double.
With the game tied 6-6, the Mountaineers climbed back into the lead in the seventh. Brandon Burris started the inning with a leadoff single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Crespo single.
Dobson's homerun in the next at-bat brought the game to 9-6 and solidified the victory.
Tyler Jackson claimed his first victory of the year. He entered the game in the sixth inning and went two innings, striking out two Eastern Kentucky hitters. Left-hander Chad Farmer started the game and went three innings while striking out three as six different Mountaineer pitchers saw action in the contest.
After Crespo's triple to begin the game, the senior was driven home by a Jaylin Davis single through the left side. Appalachian State (15-9) continued in the second when the Mountaineers scored three, highlighted by a RBI single from Gabe Dimok.
Dimok, a senior walk-on, started his first collegiate game behind the plate. He filled in for starter Josh Zumbrook, who injured his ankle against Wofford on Sunday.
Appalachian State took a 6-4 lead with a run in the fourth, but the lead was quickly relinquished in the fifth when the Colonels scored two runs on two hits, including an Austin Grisham double.
Left-hander Rob Marcello shut the door, coming into the game in the eighth-inning to grab the six-out save.
Eastern Kentucky's (5-19) bottom-half of the order did all the damage, as its four through nine hitters in the batting order each recorded two hits. EKU's top-three hitters combined for a 1-for-11 day. Matt Lynch was tagged with the loss.
The Mountaineers return to Southern Conference play at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Georgia Southern at Smith Stadium.