South Alabama scored five runs in the first two innings, while App State was held to just three hits in the ballgame, in a 9-0 loss Friday at Stanky Field.
The Mountaineers’ (10-17, 3-7) best scoring chance came in the top of the seventh inning. Andrew Greckel was hit by a pitch to lead off the frame, and pinch hitter Jacob Whitley reached on an error. Dalton Williams then worked a walk, but South Alabama (18-10, 5-5) starter Matt Boswell was able to escape trouble, and App State stranded the bases loaded.
Boswell was sharp all night, tossing seven scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out ten. The Mountaineers finished the night with three hits, two coming from Greckel, including a double in the first inning.
Jeriah Henry led the Mountaineers pitching staff, following starter Jason Cornatzer, working 1.2 scoreless innings, and picking up a strikeout. Seth Whitley also fired a scoreless eighth inning and struck out one.
The Mountaineers will look to even the series Saturday when the teams reconvene for a 7:30 p.m. first pitch. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+