Elon rallies to take first game from App State
by Staff Reports
Appalachian starter Jamie Nunn was pulled after walking the first batter in the eighth inning and was replaced by Dallas DeVrieze.
Elon pounced on DeVrieze for four hits of his first five pitches, including a three-run home run by Sebastian Gomez.
After striking out one batter, Elon was able to capitalize on another RBI double to take a 6-2 lead going into the ninth inning.
Matt Harris worked two innings of relief action, retiring all six batters faced and secured the win for the Phoenix.
Elon got on the board first in the third inning. Andy Moore started the inning with a leadoff double and Quinn Bowers moved him over to third base by successfully reaching on a bunt to third base.
After a stolen base, Ryan Cooper hit a slow roller to third base which scored Moore and a successful sacrifice fly by the next batter made the game 2-0 in favor of Elon.
Tyler Zupcic scored the first run for the Mountaineers in the sixth inning by hitting a leadoff home run, which was his first of the season.
It's also his first since he hit a grand slam in a 14-2 win over Furman, April 20, 2012.
Appalachian's second run came in the seventh inning. William Head singled and was moved to second base by a sacrifice bunt by Ozzy Gonzalez.
Tyler Stroup connected on a double to left center that drove in Head.
Nunn, who pitched seven innings was charged with the loss. He gave up seven hits, three runs and had five strikeouts.
Michael Pierson and Jaylin Davis both had two hits for Appalachian, including a triple for Davis.
Lucas Bakker started for the Phoenix but would not get a decision. He pitched seven innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts. Bower led Elon with three hits, a run and two stolen bases.
Appalachian will be looking to bounce back at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in game two of the series. Right handed pitcher Tyler Moore (7-2) will take the mound for the Mountaineers.