Moore pitches Mountaneers past UNCG
by Staff Reports
Tyler Moore threw Appalachian State baseball's second-straight complete game, and every member of the Mountaineers' lineup had at least one hit, in a 15-4 rout over UNCG Saturday afternoon at rainy Smith Stadium.
Moore, a former Watauga standout, followed up Jamie Nunn's complete game in Appalachian State's 4-2 win Friday by going the distance on the mound himself Saturday. Moore needed just 98 pitches to pitch the nine-inning gem, allowing four runs on nine hits -- all singles -- en route to his fifth-straight win.
The right-handed sixth-year senior, who moved to 5-2 on the season, went 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in the month of March.
Moore got off to a slow start, but the Mountaineers' offense provided plenty of cover. Appalachian State's 15 runs and 14 hits were both season highs.
Appalachian State (8-16, 3-2 SoCon) trailed 1-0 after one inning and 3-1 after two-and-a-half but scored 14 runs over its final six at-bats to pull away for its second-straight victory.
A bit of good fortune in the bottom of the third helped Appalachian grab a lead that it would never relinquish. Trailing 3-1 with two runners on base and two outs, Michael Pierson lofted what looked to be an inning-ending flyout to right-center field.
But UNCG center fielder Zac MacAneney dropped the fly ball and both runners scored easily to tie the ballgame at 3-3. Two pitches later, Jaylin Davis brought Pierson home from second with an RBI single and the Mountaineers led, 4-3.
App State took a slim 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth but batted around and scored five runs to take a commanding 10-4 advantage. The Mountaineers added another run in the seventh and four more in the eighth to complete the romp.
Davis, Tyler Zupcic, Dillon Dobson, Alex Leach and William Head each had two hits to pace Appalachian State's 14-hit attack. Leach added a season-high three RBI while Zupcic scored a season-best four runs.
UNCG (13-13, 2-3 SoCon) was hampered by four errors in the defeat. Starting pitcher Max Povse (4-2) took the loss, allowing nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits over just 5 1/3 innings of work. Jordan McDonald led the Spartans offensively by going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Appalachian State goes for the three-game Southern Conference series sweep on Sunday. The weekend finale is set for 1 p.m. at Smith Stadium.