North Carolina trips ASU 2-0
by Staff Reports
CHAPEL HILL -- Appalachian State pitchers Jeffrey Springs and Tyler Moore limited one of the nation's top offensive attacks to four hits but Appalachian managed just one hit of its own in a 2-0 loss to second-ranked North Carolina Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium.
Two nights after Appalachian State (27-20) banged out a season-high-tying 19 hits in its series-clinching 13-3 rout at West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga, Will Callaway recorded Appalachian's only hit with a first-inning single off UNC starter Reilly Hovis (2-0).
Callaway extended his hitting streak to 22 games. He is five games shy of tying the Appalachian State record of 27 games set by Rand Smith in 2009.
Seven Mountaineers reached base after Callaway's first-inning hit but Appalachian went 0-for-10 with runners on base and stranded five in scoring position. The Mountaineers' best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when Hector Crespo and Noah Holmes walked back-to-back to lead off the inning.
However, the next three batters struck out, leaving Holmes and Crespo stranded second and third base.
Springs (2-3) and Moore nearly matched North Carolina's three hurlers pitch-for-pitch but the Tar Heels scored the game's only runs on a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI groundout in the sixth. North Carolina (46-6) came into the game leading the nation with 8.6 runs per game and ranked 10th nationally with a .313 team batting average.
Springs gave up just two runs on two hits and struck out three in five innings pitched. Moore fanned three and gave up just hits and no runs in three innings of work.
Appalachian State's final preparations for next week's Southern Conference Tournament come this weekend when it hosts three games versus SoCon regular-season champion Western Carolina. The three-game series opens on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Stadium.