The Citadel takes first game from Mountaineers
by Staff Reports
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Appalachian State fell 6-3 to The Citadel in the first game of a three-game series at Riley Field Friday.
The Bulldogs broke a 2-2 tie with a four-run rally in the seventh inning after Appalachian State starter Jamie Nunn had mostly kept The Citadel offense in check. It started with a solo home run by Citadel first baseman Calvin Orth, who hit the opening pitch of the inning over the left-field wall.
The Citadel also got back-to-back doubles by Mason Davis and Hughston Armstrong, who both drove in runs to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 lead. Bo Thompson singled in another run, this time off reliever Taylor Thurber, to put the Bulldogs in front 6-2.
Appalachian State got a run in the ninth when Pierson walked to close the gap to 6-3. Jaylin Davis and Will Callaway went down in order to end the game.
Appalachian State got two hits from sophomore outfielder John Kincaid, who had an RBI single in the fifth inning. Hector Crespo added an RBI single one batter later to tie the game 2-2.
Crespo finished with three of the Mountaineers eight hits. Appalachian State's offense, which left 10 runners on base, hit into two double plays.
Nunn scattered seven hits and gave up five earned runs, but struck out just one batter. Zach Sherrill, who pitched just two-thirds of an inning, picked up the win on the mound. Citadel starter Austin Pritcher scattered seven hits and gave up two earned runs in 62/3 innings.
The Citadel banged out nine hits overall. Armstrong was the only Bulldog with two hits.
The teams play again at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Citadel 6, Appalachian State 3
Appalachian State 000 020 001 -- 3 8 0
The Citadel 100 100 40X -- 6 9 0
Nunn, Thurber (7) and Zumbrook. Pritcher, Sherrill (7), Reeves (8), Hunter (9) and Jackson. W--Sherrill (2-1), L--Nunn (7-3). S--Hunter (9). LOB--ASU 10, The Citadel 6. 2B--ASU, Holmes, Davis; The Citadel, Armstrong. 3B--ASU, Troutman. HR--The Citadel, Orth. SH--ASU, Zumbrook, Davis. SB--The Citadel, DeKerlegand. CS--The Citadel, Armstrong. HBP--ASU, Troutman (by Pritcher). DP--The Citadel, 2.