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Braxton Church
Braxton Church went two-for-five batting with a run scored.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Baseball Picks Up Win at Texas State

Following a weather delay of over an hour and a half, App State emerged locked in at the plate, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning on its way to a 3-2 win over Texas State on Sunday, marking the program’s first road win over the Bobcats.

Xavier Moronta worked a walk to lead off the seventh inning, and after swapping places with Braxton Church on a fielder’s choice, Drew Holderbach launched a go-ahead two-run home run to center field, his third of the season.

The App State (12-6, 1-2) pitching staff kept the Bobcats’ (11-9, 2-1) hitters off balance throughout the ballgame, allowing just four hits on the afternoon. Dante Chirico made the start and tossed five innings, allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out a pair.

Grey LaSpaluto (win, 2-0) took the mound following the delay, and earned the win with two innings of work in relief. He gave up just one run on two hits. Max Tramontana then retired the side in order in the eighth inning, striking out two, and Zach Lewis (save, 2) followed with a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win.

After falling behind 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Mountaineers tied the score in the fifth. Austin St. Laurent singled through the right side. After advancing to second on a wild pitch and to third on a flyout, St. Laurent came into score on an RBI single from Banks Tolley.

App State will be back in action on Tuesday as the Mountaineers host Queens in the team’s home opener at Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.