TROY, Ala. — Falling behind in the first three innings, Appalachian State’s baseball team lost 8-2 on April 18 in the opening game of a Sun Belt Conference series at Troy.
The Trojans (20-18, 8-8) led 6-0 before App State (15-20, 7-8) posted a pair of fourth-inning runs on Kendall McGowan’s sacrifice fly and Dalton Williams’ RBI double. A single by Alex Leshock and walk by Tyler Leek put runners in scoring position for McGowan and Williams, who added a ninth-inning single to finish 2-for-3.
Troy’s third homer of the game produced a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, and Jason Cornatzer pitched 1.1 scoreless innings after relieving starter Will Sprinkle with two away and a runner on second in the fourth. Austin Primm pitched the final three innings and totaled four strikeouts, including two in a clean eighth inning.
In addition to Williams and Leshock, Riley Smith and Robbie Young had hits for the Mountaineers. Smith also threw out a steal attempt for the 12th time this season, giving him the fourth-best total in the Sun Belt.
Troy starter Levi Thomas allowed two runs and struck out six batters in eight innings. Offensively, Chase Smartt hit a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead before Manning Early delivered a solo homer for a 5-0 advantage and Drew Frederic had his solo homer in the fourth inning. Sadler Goodwin hit an early two-run double and finished 3-for-3.
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CLINTON, S.C. – Appalachian State (28-14, 11-6 SBC) earned their 13th road win this season against Presbyterian (11-35-2). The Mountaineers are now 13-5 on the road and 17-8 in non-conference play this season.
App State pitcher Sydney Holland added to her record of now 11-6 in the circle. Holland finished the game with five strikeouts, three walks and only one earned run on two hits.
The Mountaineers started off early scoring four runs in the first inning. Keri White started swinging first with a hard single off the third baseman. Caylie Kifer followed reaching on a bunt and moving White to second.
Keeping the trend going, Sidney Russell singled to left field, moving everyone around the bases and bringing home White for the first run of the game.
Both Kifer and Russell stole bases putting them in scoring position. As Kifer took third, a throwing error by the Blue Hose brought her around to score. Haley Stewart singled to center, bringing home Russell and serving as the final offensive act and leaving the first inning ahead 3-0.
The only run for Presbyterian came in the second inning when runners advanced on a Mountaineer throwing error.
Making her way around the bases again, White scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the game, bringing the score to 4-1.
Kifer, Russell and Baylee Morton each had a hit. Morton’s hit came on a double to left field in the fourth inning. She also managed a walk in the sixth inning. White and Stewart managed two hits in the win.