Samford blasts Appalachian State 19-2
by Staff Reports
Eight different Samford batters had multiple hits in the Bulldogs' 19-2 win over Appalachian State's baseball team Saturday afternoon at soggy Smith Stadium.
Samford (23-21, 9-11 SoCon) evened the three-game Southern Conference series at a game apiece. Appalachian State (23-16, 11-11 SoCon) won Friday's series opener 10-5. The rubber match of the three-game set is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday at Smith Stadium.
Samford chased Appalachian starter Sam Agnew-Wieland from the game after just 2.1 innings and led 10-1 after three innings. The Bulldogs added five more runs in the seventh and four in the ninth to complete the 19-run, 21-hit explosion.
Phillip Ervin led Samford's outburst at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three doubles, four RBI and four runs scored. Pitcher C.K. Irby and right fielder Christiaan Durdaller had three hits and three RBIs apiece and No. 9 hitter Danny Rodriguez added three hits and two RBIs.
Irby also limited Appalachian to just two runs in seven innings on the mound. He scattered eight hits and struck out five to move to 7-3 on the season.
Will Callaway, Dillon Dobson and Josh Zumbrook each had two hits for Appalachian State, which suffered its worst defeat since a 19-2 home loss to The Citadel on March 15, 2009.
Another bright spot for the Mountaineers was senior second baseman Hector Crespo breaking Appalachian State's all-time record by playing in the 210th game of his career. Former teammate David Towarnicky held the previous school record with 209 games played from 2007-10.
Crespo went 1-for-4 and made a spectacular diving catch on a line drive by Samford's Brandon Haarer to end the top of the sixth inning.