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App State Baseball Drops Series Opener To 17th ECU
Luke Drumheller went two-for-three with a run scored.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Baseball Drops Series Opener to 17th ECU

Playing its first Friday game of the young season, App State put up the first run at No. 17 East Carolina, but the Pirates used a fifth-inning homer to build on a one-run lead and pulled away late in a 13-2 victory at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

App State left-hander Quinton Martinez is scheduled to start Game 2 of the series today at 2 p.m. In the first two weeks of the season, the Mountaineers (6-3) played Saturday doubleheaders after Friday postponements, sweeping both of them.

Hayden Cross hustled around and scored from second on Luke Drumheller’s RBI single in the third inning, but ECU (7-2) responded with an RBI double with two on, a run-scoring balk and an RBI groundout in a three-run third.

The Mountaineers cut their deficit to 3-2 in the fourth as Robbie Young walked with two away, Cross singled up the middle, Alex Leshock was hit by a pitch and Bailey Welch drew a bases-loaded walk. A comebacker to the mound limited the damage, and the score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning.

App State starter Tyler Tuthill followed a one-out single with a strikeout, but Seth Caddell homered in the next at-bat to produce a 5-2 advantage. The Pirates added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings against the bullpen before breaking the game open with a six-run eighth.

Noah Hall, Ben Peterson, Cam Roberts and AJ Stinson pitched in relief for the Mountaineers. Stinson recorded a strikeout in his first career appearance.