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Andrew Terrell
Andrew Terrell hit the game winning grand slam.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Baseball Falls in Rubber Match at Coastal Carolina

Luke Drumheller made App State history on Sunday, starting his 200th consecutive game, while making his 217th career appearance in the Mountaineers 11-4 loss to the Chanticleers at Spring Brooks Stadium.

Drumheller became the first Mountaineer in program history to start 200 consecutive games, while he is now tied with Tyler Zupcic (2010-14) for second all-time in games played, trailing only Hector Crespo (2010-13), who suited up 225 times for the Black and Gold.

App State (23-21, 12-11) opened strong in Sunday’s rubber game. Trailing by a run in the second inning, Dylan Rogers singled up the middle with two outs. That brought Alex Reed to the plate, and the Mountaineers’ designated hitter ripped a triple to the gap in right-center to tie the score. Rogers has now hit safely in each of the last ten games.

With the score tied 1-1 in the third inning, Andrew Terrell led off the frame with a walk and CJ Boyd followed with a towering home run over the batter’s eye in center field to put the Mountaineers ahead, 3-1. The homer was Boyd’s eighth of the season, and his third in the last five games.

Caleb Cross started the ballgame for the Mountaineers, and after loading the bases with nobody out in the first inning, was able to escape the jam by allowing just a sacrifice fly.

The Chanticleers would get to him in the third inning however, as this time with the bases loaded Jake Brooks connected on a grand slam as part of a five-run inning. The home team scored three more in the fourth inning to pull in front, 9-4.

App State scored their final run in the top of the fourth on a Boyd RBI double to score Terrell, who reached on a single one batter prior. Boyd finished the series 9-for-16 with five extra-base hits.

Ryan Sleeper and Jeriah Henry combined to fire the final 1.2 innings without giving up a hit to finish off the ballgame on the mound, with each picking up a strikeout.

The Mountaineers return to Smith Stadium next weekend, to close out their home season against Arkansas State. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m. Saturday is senior day, and the Mountaineers will pay tribute to their senior class ahead of a 3 p.m. first pitch. The series finale is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.