Mountaineers power past Canisius
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Appalachian State’s offense surprised N.C. State’s top pitcher with three home runs. It should come as no surprise that the Canisius pitching staff could also be vulnerable.
Appalachian State belted three home runs in the second inning in the Mountaineers’ 13-6 victory over visiting Canisius at chilly Smith Stadium Monday. Appalachian State went into the inning trailing 2-1, but left the second with a 5-2 lead.
Preston Troutman got the four-run inning started with a solo home run. Former West Wilkes standout Josh Zumbrook added a solo home run two batters later, and freshman designated hitter Dillon Dobson knocked a two-run blast with two outs.
The Mountaineers scored in every inning by two. Dobson opened the fourth inning with a hit and reached third base. He scored on a Jaylin Davis single. Troutman added another RBI single to put the Mountaineers in front 7-3.
Zumbrook added a two-run triple in the seventh and scored on a William Head single. Zumbrook went 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Troutman was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. He was one of the Mountaineers who hit a home run against N.C. State in Appalachian State’s 6-3 upset win over the then-No. 8 ranked Wolfpack.
Alex Leach went 2-for-4 and Brandon Burris went 2-for-5 for the Mountaineers.
The game allowed Appalachian State to use the two weekend starters — Jeffrey Springs and Sam Agnew-Wieland — on the mound. The duo was supposed to pitch at N.C. State, but did not get to since their two starts were cancelled because of a wet field.
Springs was the victim of three Appalachian State errors, which contributed to three unearned Canisius runs. Springs rang up four strikeouts, but was forced to throw 75 pitches.
Agnew-Wieland got the win for the Mountaineers after pitching 4 2/3 innings of relief. Agnew-Wieland gave up two runs on six hits.
Appalachian State hosts Butler in a three-game set this weekend. The teams play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, and again at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Appalachian State 13, Canisius 6
Canisius 021 010 011
Appalachian State 142 200 40X — 13 15 3
Martin, Casper (4), Stolzenburg (7), Fizsimmons (7) and Booth. Springs, Agnew-Wieland (4), Frankoff (8) and Zumbrook. W—Agnew-Wieland (10-), L—Martin (0-1). LOB—Canisius 13, ASU 7. 2B—Canisius, Zimmer, Torralba; ASU, Dobson, Leach. 3B—ASU, Zumbrook. HR—ASU, Dobson (1), Troutman (2), Zumbrook. SF—ASU, Callaway. SB—Canisius, Booth, Segar; ASU, Davis 2, Troutman, Burris. HBP—Canisius, Panas, Torralba, Hernandez 2; ASU—Davis. DP—ASU 1.