April 1, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Tom Prosser's RBI single in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped Appalachian State to a 4-3 win and series sweep of Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Sunday afternoon at Furman Stadium.
Prosser's decisive hit plated Issac Harrow, who was hit by a Nick Hollstegge pitch to lead off the frame and advanced to third on David Towarnicky's single. Towarnicky later scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Baker to complete the rally.
Garrett Sherrill (6-2) earned the win in relief after pitching the final 3 1/3 innings in relief of Mountaineer starter Aubrey Edens. Sherrill gave up an RBI single to Will Stembridge in the eighth but rallied to retire Paul Ortenzo on a groundout to strand runners at second and third. In the ninth Sherrill surrendered a pair of infield singles but managed to escape a one-out, first and third situation, allowing the Moutaineers to hang on for the win.
The victory marked the sixth straight win for Appalachian State (18-11, 7-2 SoCon) and fifth consecutive setback for Furman (8-19, 4-5 SoCon).
The Paladins committed three errors in the contest, giving them 13 miscues in the series. The three-game sweep was the fourth suffered by Furman this year and third sustained at home. Furman is hitting just .225 over its last five games and only .274 on the season, 50 points below last year's .324 clip.
Nick Hollstegge (0-3) absorbed the loss for Furman after allowing two runs, just one of which was earned, on four hits over 2 1/3 innings of relief. He walked one and struck out two.
Furman starting pitcher Mason Smith was forced to leave the game due to a left wrist injury sustained while attempting to complete a double play at first base in the second inning. The Paladin junior finished the inning and went back to the mound in the third but was unable to continue.
Prosser, Harrow, and Jason Rook had two hits each for Appalachian State, which totaled 10 hits in the contest. Furman also had 10 hits, including two each by Stembridge, Connor Lind, Spence Gibbs, and Jay Jackson.
The Paladins broke on top with a pair of runs in the second inning off Mountaineer starting pitcher Aubrey Edens. With two outs, Lind singled, Gibbs walked, and Bobby Hubbard was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Tony Maccani then singled through the left side to give Furman a 2-0 lead.
Appalachian State got on the board in the fifth on Nick DeRose's RBI bunt single that scored Prosser.
The Mountaineers tied the game in the sixth when Prosser worked a bases loaded walk off Hollstegge to score Andrew Franco.
ASU then scored twice in the eighth, highlighted by Prosser's go-ahead single, to go up 4-2.
After making it 4-3 with a run in the eighth, Furman appeared poised to tie the game in the ninth after Joe Daysh and Connor Lind delivered a pair of infield singles to put runners at first and third with one out. Spence Gibbs failed, however, to get the tying run home following a weak pop up to shortstop, and Bobby Hubbard grounded out to end the contest.
Furman returns to action on Wednesday when it takes on South Carolina in Columbia in a 7:00 p.m. game.