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Appalachian State Baseball Opens Series Against Arkansas State With Win
Robbie Young had a four-for-five night at the plate with two run scored.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Baseball Opens Series Against Arkansas State With Win

The pitching of Tyler Tuthill and power of Robbie Young helped carry App State to a 5-4 home victory against Arkansas State in a Sun Belt Conference opener Friday.

Tuthill allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits, struck out five batters and issued just one walk in seven innings for the Mountaineers (8-8, 1-0). His strikeout to strand the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning preserved a 4-2 lead.

The Red Wolves hit solo homers in each of the last two innings to twice cut two-run deficits to one run, but Noah Hall earned his second save by striking out five of the other six batters he faced.

Offensively, Young’s second-inning double helped set up a two-run inning, and his two-run homer with Andrew Greckel aboard in the sixth inning pushed the lead to 4-1. Young also drew an intentional walk to load the bases before App State’s Phillip Cole scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.

Young’s ground-rule double in the second inning moved Kendall McGowan to third following McGowan’s one-out single. Hayden Cross delivered an RBI groundout in the next at-bat, and Alex Leshock’s tiebreaking single brought Young home.

Three of Arkansas State’s four runs came on solo homers.

Tuthill retired 15 of 17 batters through five innings. He recorded a strikeout with a runner on second in the sixth and, after a stolen base, ended the frame with a swinging strikeout.

Arkansas State loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. After a pop-out to second, one run came when the batter was hit by a 3-2 pitch, but Tuthill responded with a strikeout on a 2-2 pitch.