April 2, 2010
BOONE, N.C. -- Matt Andress tossed 7 1/3 innings of effective ball to lead Appalachian State to a 10-7 win over Furman in Southern Conference baseball action Friday evening at Smith Stadium.
Andress (6-2) allowed three runs on seven hits, walked four, and struck out seven before departing in the eighth inning with Appalachian State (16-6-1, 3-6-1 SoCon) holding a 9-2 lead. Furman (8-18, 2-8 SoCon) scored four runs in the ninth inning before dropping its fifth straight decision.
Jeremy Dowdy went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, and Jerod Faggert homered and scored three runs as part of a 2-for-4 performance in leading the Mountaineers' 11-hit attack.
The Mountaineers punished the Paladins on the base paths with nine steals, including three by Doug Jones. ASU also stole home twice in the contest and turned a rare triple play in the second inning after Cole and Reese Wade drew walks but were retired after Will Miller lined out to second base.
ASU scored twice in the first inning against Paladin starting pitcher Ian Parry (1-3), and added three more in the third after Furman cut the lead to 2-1. RBI singles by Jeremy Dowdy and Ryan Stetson accounted for two runs, and Dowdy later swiped home on a double steal to give the Mountaineers a 5-1 lead.
Leading 5-2 after four, the Mountaineers blew the game open with a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to stretch their advantage to 9-2.
On the strength of RBI singles by Rob Fondu and Will Owens, and a two-run double by Paul Nitto, Furman made it a 10-7 game in the ninth before ASU's Chris Patterson came on to record the final out and earn his seventh save of the season.
Game two of the series is set for 3:00 p.m. Saturday.