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Austin St Laurent
Austin St Laurent went two-for-four batting with a run scored and three RBI.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Baseball Wraps Up Series in Hickory With Win

Trailing by a run in the fifth inning, App State launched three consecutive solo home runs, en route to a 10-6 win over Siena, to complete the series sweep at L.P. Frans Stadium.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Dante Chirico (win, 1-0) settled in nicely on the mound, recording a career-high nine strikeouts on the afternoon. Chirico allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, allowing just two runners to make it to third base from the second inning on.

Despite the early deficit, the Mountaineer bats responded quickly. CJ Boyd led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to straight away left field, his third in the first seven games of the year. Austin St. Laurent followed with a single to center, and after a one-out walk to Braxton Church, came home to tie the score on an RBI double from Drew Holderbach.

Siena reclaimed the advantage with a run in the top of the third on an RBI single, but the Mountaineers were able to minimize damage in the frame thanks to a diving catch by Hunter Wilder in right field to end the frame.

The App State (6-1) bats then erupted in the fifth inning. Banks Tolley led off the frame with a home run to center field, just right of the batter’s eye, to tie the score at 3-3. One batter later, Church launched a moonshot over the right field fence, to put the Mountaineers in the lead for the first time on the afternoon. Holderbach made it back-to-back-to-back homers as he ripped a laser over the wall in left to put the Black and Gold in front, 5-3.

After the Saints got a run back in the top of the sixth, App State countered with a three-run bottom half of the frame, highlighted by a Church RBI single and consecutive bases loaded walks to Wilder and Tommy Walker.

Collin Welch followed Chirico, tossing two innings in relief. He ran into some trouble in the eighth inning, but Jordan Fisher came out of the App State bullpen to record a strikeout and an inning-ending double play to hold the Saints to just one run in the frame and keep the score at 8-5.

Walker added a sac fly in the eighth and Joseph Zamora capped the scoring with an RBI single, while Max Tramontana recorded the final three outs on the mound.

App State’s four home runs gives them 14 on the season through seven games.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, as they travel to Johnson City to face off with ETSU in the first of a home-and-home series this year. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Thomas Stadium.