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Originally published: 2013-05-12 21:22:53
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Appalachian State pounds Gonzaga 13-3

by Staff Reports

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Appalachian State took a 5-0 lead and never looked back in its 13-3 victory over Gonzaga Sunday in the final game of the teams' three-game series.

The Mountaineers (27-19) banged out 19 hits, including three from Hector Crespo, Dillon Dobson and Jaylin Davis. Noah Holmes went 2-for-5, but drove in four runs after hitting and double and a home run.

Appalachian State led 6-3 after five innings, but added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The Mountaineers adde two runs in the eighth and three runs in the ninth to keep Gonzaga at arm's length.

Relief pitcher Taylor Thurber picked up the win after pitching six innings. After coming in for starter Chad Farmer in the third inning, Thurber scattered five hits, allowed one earned run and struck out five. He walked just one batter.

Saturday's doubleheader

SPOKANE, Wash. - After managing just six hits and no runs in a 4-0 loss in the opening game, Appalachian State's baseball team stormed back with six runs on 10 hits in a 6-2 victory over Gonzaga in a the second game of a doubleheader at Patterson Baseball Complex.

Appalachian State got a grand slam from Michael Pierson in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. Pierson's first career home run gave the Pioneers a 5-1 lead. The sophomore entered the game in the third inning to play first base, which was the first time he's played the position.

The Mountaineers also got three hits each from Will Callaway and Noah Holmes, who belted a home run in the eighth inning. Holmes went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Appalachian State starter Sam Agnew-Wieland scattered four Gonzaga hits after the Zags had nine in the first game. Agnew-Wieland struck out three in picking up his sixth win of the season.

Josh Wilson tossed two shutout innings to close the game out for the Mountaineers. He allowed just one walk.

Appalachian struggled with left-hander Marco Gonzales in the first game. Gonzalez struck out 10 Mountaineers in going the distance on the mound. ASU's Preston Troutman had two singles off GOnzalex.

Gonzalez outdueled Appalachian State starter Jamie Nunn, who scattered seven hits in six innings, but allowed just two runs.

For Gonzaga in the first game, three Bulldogs recorded two hits for the game, but Billy Moon's two-run home run in the eighth inning stole the show and clinched the 4-0 victory. Catcher Travis Forbes was the only other Bulldog to record a multi-base hit.

NOTES: Appalachian picks up its first win over a team from the Pacific Time Zone and are now 1-2 against Pacific Time Zone teams (Stanford, 1986) ... Callaway extended his hitting streak to 20 games, recording a single hit in the first game and three in the final game ... Callaway is now 38-for-86 (.442) with six doubles, four home runs, 25 RBI, 23 runs scored and a .651 slugging percentage ... Nunn tied his season-low strikeout total with just one strikeout (The Citadel - April 19) ... Agnew-Wieland grabbed his first victory since April 6 against Georgia Southern.