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Originally published: 2014-04-12 03:16:02
Last modified: 2014-04-12 03:17:39

The Citadel's baseball team rolls past App State

by Staff Reports

Appalachian State's baseball team banged out double-digit hits for the sixth-straight game, but the Mountaineers left the bases loaded twice and never led in an 8-2 loss to The Citadel on Friday night at Smith Stadium.

 

Appalachian State (11-20, 5-4 SoCon) had 10 hits but left the bases loaded in the second and fifth innings. The Mountaineers also came away scoreless after a leadoff triple in the sixth en route to their third-straight loss.

 

The three-game skid is Appalachian's longest in nearly a month, dating back to three-consecutive defeats at the hands of Notre Dame, Clemson and Michigan on March 11, 12 and 14.

 

The Citadel (14-21, 2-11) broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the third inning and three in the fourth to take a commanding 8-2 lead. The Bulldogs benefitted from a costly error, three walks and a hit batter in their four-run third and took advantage of another walk in the fourth.

 

In all, The Citadel needed only five hits -- all singles -- to score its seven runs in the third and fourth innings. 

 

Appalachian State's lone runs came on RBI singles from Alex Leach in the second inning and from Matt Brill in the third. Brill's run-scoring single extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.

 

Brill is hitting .468 (22-for-47) during his 13-game hitting streak.

 

Jaylin Davis went 3-for-4 with a double to pace the Mountaineers' 10-hit attack. Michael Pierson chipped in with two hits.

 

Starting pitcher Jamie Nunn struggled to find the strike zone, and allowed five runs (three earned) on only three hits. Nunn walked three and hit a batter in just three innings of work. He suffered his first loss in four starts and fell to 3-5 on the season.

 

Bo Thompson led The Citadel offensively by going 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo homer, two RBI and three runs scored. Johnathan Stokes drove in three runs for the Bulldogs.

 

Despite allowing 10 hits, issuing three walks and hitting a batter, The Citadel's starting pitcher Logan Cribb tossed his first complete game of the season. The southpaw threw 126 pitches in the effort.

 

Appalachian State looks to even the three-game Southern Conference series on Saturday when it hosts The Citadel for game two. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Smith Stadium.