Zupcic named Player of the Week
by Staff Reports
After a storybook ending to his final regular-season, Appalachian State's Tyler Zupcic was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week for baseball.
The fifth-year senior hit .500 (8-for-16) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI and eight runs scored in four games last week. His 1.000 slugging percentage helped lead Appalachian State (20-32, 12-14 SoCon) to a 3-1 record, including a pivotal weekend series victory over Furman that propelled the Mountaineers to the No. 5 seed and an opening-round bye in this week's SoCon Tournament.
Zupcic actually came off the bench to go 2-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored in Appalachian's 9-5, 10-inning win at East Tennessee State on Tuesday.
In the first game of a doubleheader versus Furman on Friday, he went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI and four runs scored in an 11-7 Mountaineer victory. The four hits matched a career high for Zupcic and marked his first four-hit game since April 3, 2011 versus Wofford.
In Saturday's must-win regular-season finale, Zupcic clubbed a two-run homer in the third inning that gave App State a 4-1 lead then capped the superb week with a two-run walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Mountaineers a dramatic 6-5 win. His four RBI on Senior Day matched a career high.
The weekly honor is the first of Zupcic's career at Appalachian State.
Zupcic and the Mountaineers open SoCon Tournament action on Wednesday against No. 4-seeded Georgia Southern (34-20, 15-12 SoCon). First pitch is set for 10 a.m. at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.