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Joseph Zamora
Joseph Zamora went three-for-five batting with a run scored and three RBI in the first game of the series against Coastal Carolina.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Baseball Pulls Away to Defeat 13th Ranked Coastal Carolina

Despite trailing by six runs in the third inning, the App State offense erupted at the plate, highlighted by a six-run sixth inning, in a 16-8 victory over No. 13 Coastal Carolina, in front of a sold-out crowd at Smith Stadium on Saturday.

The Mountaineers have now beaten a ranked Coastal team in back-to-back seasons, earning their first ranked win at home since 2018.

Trailing 6-0 in the third inning, App State’s (14-6, 2-2) offense began to chip away. Adam Quintero began the inning with a 13-pitch at bat that culminated with a double to left field, injecting some energy into the Mountaineers at the plate. After a single from Joseph Zamora two batters later, CJ Boyd crushed a three-run home run, his tenth of the season, to slice the deficit in half. Boyd has now hit 27 career home runs, which moves him into a tie for eighth place on the all-time list.

App State added three runs in the fourth inning, to make it 7-6, highlighted by a two-run single from Zamora, who finished with a three-hit, five-RBI effort at the plate.

App State drew even in the fifth inning, as Banks Tolley reached on an error and came into score on an RBI groundout from Drew Holderbach, leveling the score at 7-7.

The Mountaineers then put together a major two-out rally in the sixth. Tolley smashed a two-run homer to left field to put the Mountaineers in front, 9-7, and each of the next five batters reached base in the inning, as the Mountaineers sent ten men to the plate in the frame. After Hunter Wilder was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Zamora capped his big day at the plate with a bases clearing double to the gap in right center to put App State ahead, 13-6

App State punctuated the scoring with a three-run seventh, thanks to an RBI double from Holderbach and a two-run single from Quintero.

Grey LaSpaluto (win, 3-0) shined for the Mountaineers in relief, allowing just one hit and one run over four innings, striking out five. After the Coastal Carolina (17-5, 2-2) offense opened the game with seven hits in the first three innings, the Mountaineers held the visitors to just two base knocks across the final six frames of the contest.

App State matched a season-high with 16 runs in the ballgame, and went 7-for-15 with two outs, and 10-for-27 win men on base.

The two teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday, with first pitch of game one set for 12 p.m. Game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after game one.