Kendall McGowan posted three hits, including a seventh-inning homer, and accounted for both RBIs in App State’s 10-2 loss to No. 17 East Carolina on Sunday.
The Mountaineers (6-5) are scheduled to return to action next weekend for a three-game series at UNCW (7-3). East Carolina improved its record to 9-2.
On Sunday, App State trailed 6-0 before Phillip Cole scored on McGowan’s RBI single to right. Three innings later, McGowan homered for the second time this season and the 15th time in his career. He increased his career total to 60 RBIs.
In his 3-for-4 day, McGowan accounted for all of App State’s hits against four East Carolina pitchers. Trey Tujetsch made his first start on the mound for the Mountaineers and was relieved in the third inning by Jason Cornatzer, who officially allowed one run in three innings and struck out four batters.
The Pirates scored once in the first inning and twice in the second inning, getting an unearned run as a pickoff attempt to first base trickled just a few feet away from the bag. Back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the third inning preceded a three-run homer from Seth Caddell.