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Appalachian State Sweeps Furman In Saturday Doubleheader: 6-5, 14-0

Hunter Burton
Hunter Burton

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State completed a three-game series sweep of Furman by winning both games of a Saturday doubleheader at Smith Stadium, taking game one, 6-5, and cruising to a 14-0 shutout in game two.

The victories improved the Mountaineers' to 28-9 overall and 13-5 in SoCon play and dropped the Paladins to 18-23 on the campaign and 7-14 in league action.  Saturday's second game defeat was the seventh consecutive SoCon setback for Furman.

In game one Tyler Tewell's bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Tyler Zupic from third base to give Appalachian State a 6-5 victory.

Zupic singled to lead off the ninth and moved to second on a Will Callaway bunt single.  Furman's Jacques de Gruy then hit Daniel Kassouf with a pitch to load the bases, and Tewell followed with the game winning hit, a single through the right side.

de Gruy pitched out of trouble in the eighth by striking out Noah Holmes and Hector Crespo with the bases loaded.

Furman's Hunter Burton led off the ninth with a single but a failed sacrifice bunt attempt and double play erased the Paladins' last chance at the plate.

The Paladins tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth after Taylor Johnson doubled to lead off, moved to third on a sacrifice, and scored on a Will Owens sacrifice fly.

Tewell, Trey Holmes, Noah Holmes, and Zupic paced ASU's 17-hit attack with three hits apiece.

Johnson, Alex Abrams, and Heath Burton collected two hits each for Furman, which finished with nine hits and put the leadoff runner on base in the last eight innings.

Nathan Hyatt (1-0) picked the win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth, and de Gruy (1-2) took the loss after allowing a run on five hits over the last two innings.

Tewell headlined Appalachian State's 14-0 rout in game two by going 2-for-5, hitting a grand slam, driving in five runs, and scoring three time in pacing the Mountaineers to the rout.

The contest was scoreless through three innings before Will Callaway belted a one-out solo home run.  The Mountaineers tacked on two more in the inning before a rain delay halted play.

The break didn't cool off ASU's bats, however, as the Mountaineers returned to score four times in the sixth to stretch their lead to 7-0 and then blew the game open with a five-run seventh keyed by Tewell's grand slam, ASU's second of the series.

The ample run support made an easier winner of Rob Marcello (5-3), who tossed six inning of five-hit, shutout ball.

Tyler Wood (3-7) was charged with the loss.  He was tagged for six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 frames.