Errors prove costly in two App State losses
by Staff Reports
RALEIGH -- Appalachian State's baseball team committed five errors that led to five unearned runs in a 7-0 loss to No. 6 NC State on Saturday afternoon at Doak Field.
N.C. State scored single unearned runs in the first and second innings, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh. The Wolfpack scored its only two earned runs in the fourth inning.
Appalachian State's five errors were the most it has had since it committed five in a 12-7 loss to Butler almost exactly one year ago on Feb. 23, 2013.
The Mountaineers also struggled at the plate with their only hits coming on singles by Dillon Dobson and Michael Pierson in the first and fourth innings respectivley. N.C. State starter Logan Jernigan and reliever Jon Olczak combined to retire Appalachian's final 15 batters in order.
Appalachian State starting pitcher Tyler Moore was the primary victim of the Mountaineers' sloppy fielding, as just two of the six runs that he was saddled with over 52/3 innings were earned. Relievers Payton Smith and Caleb McCann combined for 21/3 hitless innings to close the game.
Jake Fincher had two of N.C. State's seven hits and drove in three runs for the Wolfpack, which won its fifth-straight game and moved to 5-1.
Appalachian fell to 0-6 against an early-season schedule that has already included five games against nationally ranked opponents. App State played three games at No. 25 Arkansas and two at No. 6 NC State. The teams play again at 1 p.m. Sunday in Raleigh.
RALEIGH -- Jaylin Davis drove in all five Appalachian State's baseball team's runs, but four errors proved too costly for the Mountaineers in their 6-5 loss to No. 6 NC State on Friday afternoon at Doak Field.
Davis gave Appalachian State (0-5) a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the third inning and pulled the Mountaineers within 6-5 with a three-run homer off N.C. State all-America pitcher Carlos Rodon in the eighth.
The towering three-run blast to left field made Davis the first player to ever homer twice against Rodon, a junior that is widely considered the frontrunner to be selected No. 1 overall in June's Major League Baseball Draft. Davis also took Rodon deep for a three-run shot in his first collegiate at-bat, helping lift App State to a 6-3 win over N.C. State in the Mountaineers' season opener in 2013
Davis' career-high five RBI were not enough for Appalachian State to overcome its four errors, which led to half of N.C. State's six runs being unearned. The miscues were especially costly in the Wolfpack's three-run seventh inning, when the Mountaineers committed a pair of errors that helped N.C. State turn a narrow 3-2 lead into a commanding 6-2 advantage.
Despite the blunders in the field, Appalachian State put the tying run in scoring position in the top of the ninth when William Head singled with one out and advanced to second on a wild pitch with two away.
Bradley Morton followed with a fly ball that appeared bound for the gap in right center field but was tracked down by N.C. State right fielder Garrett Suggs for the final out.
Davis finished 2-for-4 to go along with his five RBI and was on deck when Morton flew out to end the game. Preston Troutman also had a pair of hits off Rodon, including a leadoff double in the Apps' three-run eighth, and scored two runs.
Appalachian State starting pitcher Jamie Nunn matched Rodon for much of the afternoon but suffered the tough-luck loss and fell to 0-2. Nunn allowed three runs -- two earned on five hits -- over five-plus innings.
Rodon (1-1) earned the win after surrendering five runs (three earned) on five hits over eight innings. The big left-hander struck out nine and threw 108 pitches in his second start of the year.
Bubby Riley led N.C. State (4-1) offensively with two hits and two RBI.