Andrew Terrell’s third-inning bunt triggered an offensive outburst.
The productive beginning for App State’s offense followed a noteworthy start on the mound for Terrell.
Recruited as a two-way talent out of Franklin, Terrell contributed both as a pitcher and designated hitter in the Mountaineers’ 14-7 home victory Tuesday against North Carolina A&T on Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
App State (6-2) jumped ahead with a six-run third and led 9-2 after five innings before having its lead cut to 9-7 entering the bottom of the seventh. The Mountaineers responded with a four-run frame against the Aggies (2-6).
The mound start doubled as the first pitching appearance in an App State uniform for Terrell, a junior. Credited with the win on a “staff day,” he struck out five of the seven batters he faced in two scoreless innings and then scored four times and stole two bases out of his leadoff spot to help the Mountaineers improve to 17-8 in the 25 games they have played since the start of the 2020 season.
In that time, App State is 5-0 on its new turf field, and Terrell has made starts as a left fielder, designated hitter, third baseman and pitcher in those five home games.
In taking three of four games from the Aggies over a span of four day, the Mountaineers returned to form Tuesday with a weekend series at No. 17 East Carolina looming next.
Terrell officially went 1-for- 3 with two walks and a game-changing sac bunt. Phillip Cole had four RBIs, including two on a deep double that stretched the lead to 11-7 in the seventh, and four players had two hits apiece: Luke Drumheller (2-for-5), Hayden Cross (2-for-4), Alex Leshock (2-for-4) and Trent Lewis (2-for-2 off the bench with his first career RBI).
Cam Roberts followed Terrell’s two innings with a scoreless inning of his own, and Noah Hall struck out two hitters in a scoreless ninth as the Mountaineers used eight pitchers.
A two-base throwing error on Terrell’s bunt with two aboard allowed Leshock to score from second early in a six-run third inning that included four hits, two walks and one hit by pitch. Drumheller followed the bunt with an RBI single that brought home Bailey Welch, and Terrell scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.
Drumheller raced home on an RBI fielder’s choice involving Kendall McGowan, and the Mountaineers added a pair of two-out runs on Cross’ bloop single down the left-field line and Leshock’s sharp single to left.
Cole’s RBI groundout to score Terrell, who had singled with one out, pushed the lead to 7-1 in the fourth inning, and the Mountaineers moved ahead 9-2 in the fifth thanks to Welch’s single to bring home Cross and a wild pitch that scored Leshock, who had reached on an infield single.
With the lead down to two in the seventh, Terrell drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Drumheller’s bunt single. They both scored on the long double from Cole, who came home on the first RBI single in an App State uniform for Lewis.