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Austin St Laurent
Austin St Laurent went three-for-five batting with two runs scored and an RBI.
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Appalachian State Baseball Takes Opening Game of Series Against Old Dominion

Behind a strong pitching performance from starter Jackson Steensma and two relievers, App State Baseball opened a Sun Belt Conference road series against Old Dominion with a 5-2 victory Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (29-16-1, 14-10-1) took the lead for good in the third inning, allowing just single runs in the second and seventh innings, with Austin St. Laurent’s eighth-inning homer adding some helpful insurance.

Steensma (win, 6-2), Collin Welch and Grey LaSpaluto (two-inning save) combined for eight strikeouts and just one walk. ODU (26-22, 12-13) totaled 11 baserunners with nine hits, the one walk and one hit batter, but it had only one extra-base hit on a windy afternoon. The walk and hit batter occurred in the same inning, as the Monarchs cut their deficit to 4-2 in the seventh, but Welch induced a two-out flyout with runners at the corners to limit the damage.

Making a Friday start, Steensma pitched six innings, struck out six and allowed one run on eight hits — primarily off soft contact. After Welch tossed the seventh inning, LaSpaluto took over in the eighth and threw two scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.

App State took the lead right away in the top of the first inning, as St. Laurent led off with a double and came around to score on CJ Boyd’s RBI groundout.

ODU tied it in the second, as Steensma dealt with some tough luck while giving up four straight hits. The third hit tied the score, and another single loaded the bases with one away, but Steensma got a swinging strikeout and groundout to end the inning.

Drew Holderbach (walk) and Banks Tolley (single) reached to open the third, and App State reclaimed the lead off one-out RBI singles from Braxton Church (who came through after having a hard-hit ball into the corner erased by a pitch-clock violation for an automatic ball) and Kameron Miller.

Church delivered another RBI single in the seventh to score Boyd, and St. Laurent capped off his day at the plate by hitting his 13th homer of the season in the eighth inning.

St. Laurent tallied another multi-hit game by going 3-for-5, while Boyd, Church and Miller each had two hits.

App State looks to clinch its fourth consecutive Sun Belt series victory Saturday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}