Baseball

 
April 20, 2012

Appalachian State Blasts Furman In Series Opener, 14-2

BOONE, N.C. -- Tyler Zupcic went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and Appalachian State pounded out 18 hits on the way to an easy 14-2 victory over Furman in the opening game of a Southern Conference baseball series Friday evening at Smith Stadium.

Zupcic's bases loaded clout off Furman starting pitcher Bobby Lyne highlighted a seven-run sixth inning that blew the game open for the Mountaineers (26-9, 11-5 SoCon) and sent the Paladins (18-21, 7-12 SoCon) to their fifth consecutive SoCon defeat.

Daniel Kassouf, the SoCon's leading home run hitter, joined Zupcic in the Appalachian State hit parade, belting two home runs as part of a 4-for-5, three-RBI performance.  He also scored four runs.

Hector Crespo also had three hits for the Mountaineers, who feasted on Paladin pitching that walked six, including two with the bases loaded in the sixth.

Furman's Paul Nitto provided the Paladins with one of their few highlights with a solo home run, his third of the season, in the second inning that gave Furman a brief 1-0 lead.  After that, however, it was virtually all ASU as Preston Troutman answered with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fame that put the Mountaineers up, 2-1.

An inning later Kassouf made it 4-1 with his first of two round trippers, a two-run blast to left center field off Lyne.

Appalachian State added two more in the fourth to stretch their lead to 6-2 and then rang the till for seven runs in the sixth, keyed by Zupcic's bases loaded slam down the left field line.

Lyne (5-4) was battered for a career high 10 runs on 15 hits in five-plus innings on the way to the loss.

Ryan Arrowood (7-0) used the ample run support to remain perfect on the season. He allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings, struck out five, and did not walk a batter.

Game times for both Saturday and Sunday's games have been moved up to noon.