Mountaineers roll past Aggies
by Staff Reports
GREENSBORO -- After junior starting pitcher Chad Farmer pitched seven strong innings, Appalachian State's baseball team scored five in the eighth inning to insure a 10-2 victory over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday night at War Memorial Stadium.
Farmer struck out seven and settled down after giving up two runs in the bottom of the first. The victory marked his first decision in his last 12 starts and the first since March 14, 2012.
Appalachian began quickly as Hector Crespo singled through the right side. Crespo took off from first and recorded his 92nd stolen base of his career and 10th against N.C. A&T.
With a Preston Troutman single and a wild pitch, Crespo scored the opening run of the game. Troutman eventually scored as the Mountaineers carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom half of the inning.
The Aggies bounced back quickly in the first Luke Tendler was hit by Farmer's first pitch of the game. Tendler was followed by a bunt-single by Dylan Hipp. Tendler and Hipp eventually scored, but the two runs would be all the Aggies would score.
Crespo added a two-run double in the second inning, stole third, and scored on a Aggies error.
Despite the run-spree in the first two innings, neither could not find the scoreboard until the top of the eighth when ASU outfielder Jaylin Davis led off the inning with a triple off the centerfield wall. Davis' triple woke up the Mountaineer bats, as they recorded six hits and five runs in the inning.
Right-hander Josh Wilson relieved Farmer in the eighth inning and retired five-straight batters, striking out one. Rob Marcello clinched the victory as he recorded the final out of the game.
Crespo and catcher Josh Zumbrook led Appalachian with three hits each. Zumbrook had a double, his fourth of the season.
Andre McKoy paced North Carolina A&T with three hits and one RBI. McKoy was the only Aggie hitter to have a multiple hits in the game.
Starter Tim Jones lasted last just two innings and gave up five earned runs. Jamal Clark came in relief in the third and struck out five Mountaineer hitters in five innings on the mound.
Appalachian State returns to its Southern Conference slate on Friday at College of Charleston. The first contest of the three-game set is scheduled for 6 p.m.