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In an amazing ending to the season, CJ Boyd finished the season on a 19-game hitting streak, ending his year with a .363 batting average while tying the App State single-season record with 17 home runs.
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Appalachian State Baseball Rallies for Win Against James Madison

With the score tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 10th inning, CJ Boyd clocked an opposite field two-run missile, into the visitor’s bullpen, to give the Mountaineers a series win over James Madison, taking the finale, 9-7, Sunday at Smith Stadium.

The walk-off victory was the fifth for the Mountaineers (21-19, 11-9) this season, and it marked the second extra-inning win of the year. App State has now won five Sun Belt series, their most since joining the conference. App State’s 21 overall victories on the season eclipses last year’s win total with 10 regular season games remaining.

JMU (24-19, 9-10) took their lone lead of the ballgame in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run single from Mason Dunaway, to make it 7-6.

App State answered immediately in the bottom of the frame. Alex Reed started the rally with a double to right field, and after Grey LaSpaluto pinch ran for him, Andrew Terrell looped a game-tying RBI single down the line in right field to knot the score at 7-7.

Terrell finished the series with nine hits, and doubled with two outs in the ninth inning to set up Boyd for the game-winner.

App State jumped out to an early lead in the ballgame, scoring four times in the first inning. Xavier Moronta walked with one out, and Luke Drumheller followed with an RBI double to the right-center gap to take a 1-0 lead. After Hayden Cross worked a walk, Golston Gillespie belted an opposite field three-run home run, his 12th of the year, to make it 4-0.

Caleb Cross tossed a career-high six innings in his fifth start of the year. Cross allowed four runs on eight hits, while striking out two, and finished his outing by retiring nine of the final 11 batters that he faced.

Collin Welch (win, 2-0) delivered the final two frames of the ballgame, striking out two without allowing a run. Welch stranded the go-ahead runner on third base in the ninth, picking up a strikeout, and then in the 10th escaped a bases loaded jam to get the Mountaineers to the plate.

The Mountaineers continue their homestand on Tuesday when they welcome ETSU to Smith Stadium for the finale of the home-and-home series with the Bucs. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.