Mason pitches Mountaineers past Va. Tech
by Staff Reports
BLACKSBURG, VA. -- Appalachian State freshman pitcher Sean Mason earned his first collegiate win in an 11-0, two-hit shutout over Virginia Tech Tuesday at English Field.
Mason helped Appalachian (15-23) get its first victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference team in nine tries this season. It's the Mountaineers' first win over the Hokies since a 5-4 win in 1994.
After a slow start, Mason dominated the Hokies. Virginia Tech's first batter of the game, Saige Jenco, got the first hit of the game.
The second batter, Ricky Surum, was hit by one of Mason's pitches.
That would be all Mason would give up for the next seven innings. Mason settled down and retired the next 20 batters of the game, before giving up a walk in the eighth inning and a hit in the ninth.
He delivered two-straight groundouts to secure the win and move to 1-1 on the season.
Appalachian State's offense had no trouble providing Mason with run support. Preston Troutman hit a two-run home run, his second homer of the season, to put the Mountaineers in front 2-0 in the second inning.
In the third inning, Michael Pierson added a solo home run in the third inning to give the Mountaineers the 3-0 lead, and Matt Brill hit a successful sacrifice bunt to score Troutman in the fourth inning.
The Mountaineers enjoyed most of their success at the plate in the fifth and eighth. The Mountaineers got four runs on two hits in the fifth inning and three runs on three hits in the eighth inning behind the bats of Troutman, Brill and Bradley Morton.
Virginia Tech (18-21-1) used a variety of six pitchers on the day. Starter Alex Perez was charged with the loss, pitching three innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Pinch hitter Logan Bible got the only other Hokies hit.
Troutman and Morton hit drove in three runs. Morton, who also scored a run, drove in his three runs on two hits.
Troutman added a walk, a hit and scores two runs. Brill got three hits on the day, one more than any other Mountaineer.
After a five game road trip, the Mountaineers will return home to take on Gardner-Webb at 6 p.m. tonight at Smith Stadium.