Walk-off home run sinks Mountaineers
by Staff Reports
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Furman turned the tables on Appalachian State Thursday night in the winner's bracket of the Southern Conference Tournament.
Furman slugger Greg Harrison belted a two-run home run off Mountaineers relief pitcher Taylor Thurber that curved around the left field foul pole in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Paladins a 3-1 walk-off victory at Riley Park.
In Appalachian State's final game of the regular season, Tyler Zupcic hit a walk-off, two-run home run to give the Mountaineers a 6-5 victory over Furman and give them the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
On Thursday, Harrison's home run answered Appalachian State's lone run scored, which was in the top of the ninth inning. The Mountaineers loaded the bases on Furman starter Tyler Wood before Wood walked Brian Bauk to drive in the tying run.
The Mountaineers nearly got a run-scoring single from Ozzy Gonzalez in the ninth, but his bloop hit to left field was caught for the third out of the inning.
Wood kept Appalachian State's offense in check for most of the game. He scattered eight hits, struck out five, but walked two in the ninth inning.
Appalachian State got a solid start from Jeffrey Springs. He gave up two hits, struck out 11 and walked just one batter in eight innings of work. The run Furman scored in the fourth inning was unearned.
Furman pushed that run across when Hunter Burton doubled and scored on a fielding error on a ball hit by Chris Ohmstede.
The road to the tournament finals just got bumpier for the Mountaineers. Appalachian State plays Georgia Southern at 3 p.m. Friday.
App State must play two games on Saturday to reach the finals on Sunday.