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Originally published: 2013-03-14 17:39:14
Last modified: 2013-03-14 17:39:14

ASU's baseball team trips Georgia

by Staff Reports

ATHENS, Ga. — Appalachian State’s baseball team broke open a close game by plating five runs in the top of the sixth inning and went on to defeat Georgia 8-5 Wednesday afternoon at Foley Field.
Appalachian State (9-5) earned a split of the two-game midweek series at Georgia (8-9). ASU moved to 6-4 in its last 10 games versus teams from the Southeastern Conference.
After scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, Appalachian was limited to just one hit during the next four innings and held a 3-2 lead.
The Mountaineers, sparked by a two-run double by Josh Zumbrook, scored five runs in the sixth inning to claim an 8-2 lead. Appalachian State had four hits in the sixth.
Georgia answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the eighth, but ASU pitcher Taylor Thurber finished off four innings of impressive relief by inducing a 4-6-3 double play to seal the victory in the ninth.
Four Appalachian pitchers combined to limit Georgia’s powerful offense, which was hitting .315 as a team coming into the afternoon, to just three earned runs on five hits.
Jeffrey Springs got his first win of the season with two innings of no-hit relief. Thurber allowed one run on three hits during the final four innings to pick up his first save.
Offensively, seven different Mountaineers had hits and six drove in runs. Zumbrook led the charge, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
Hector Crespo, Preston Troutman and Will Callaway also had two hits apiece for Appalachian, while Dillon Dobson added a pair of RBI on a two-run homer in the first.
Appalachian State returns home for the first time in more than two weeks this weekend when it hosts a three-game series versus Cornell starting a 1 p.m. Saturday with a doubleheader at Smith Stadium.