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CJ Boyd
CJ Boyd crushed a three-run home run with two out in the top of the ninth inning to help the Mountaineers go into extra innings.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Baseball Hits Home Runs, But Falls to Winthrop

Despite four home runs from the Mountaineers offense, App State dropped its series opener to Winthrop on Friday, 9-6 at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The Mountaineers (9-4) got solo blasts from Drew Holderbach in the second, Austin St. Laurent in the third, CJ Boyd in the seventh and Banks Tolley in the eighth, but the offense mustered just four other hits on the afternoon and went 1-for-12 with runners on base in the ballgame. App State has now hit 22 home runs through 13 games this season.

App State did piece together a ninth inning rally, scoring twice, but left the would-be tying run in the on-deck circle. With one out, Jonathan Xuereb singled in his first at-bat of the season. Boyd was then hit by a pitch with two away, and St. Laurent lined a triple to the gap in right-center to plate a pair, and trim the deficit to two, however the Mountaineers were unable to prolong the rally any further.

Winthrop (6-7) grabbed the early lead in the first inning and was able to add on runs in the second and the third, to take a 6-2 lead after three innings of play.

Despite yielding two early home runs of his own, Bradley Wilson gutted out five innings of work, matching a career-high with eight strikeouts on the afternoon, while allowing just two walks. Unfortunately, four of the eight hits that Wilson allowed in the ballgame went for extra bases.

Cody Little tossed the final three innings, adding four strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Winthrop finished the ballgame with four home runs of their own, including a two-run blast in the sixth, to push their advantage to 8-2. The Eagles were opportunistic, going 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

With inclement weather expected across the region, first pitch of tomorrow’s game has been pushed back to a 6 p.m. start time, with Sunday’s game also moved back to 2 p.m.