With the victories, Appalachian (8-2) extended its winning streak to six games, its longest since winning nine-straight games from April 6-17, 2010.
ASU was in command for most of the afternoon on Saturday, as it scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning of game one and never trailed in the 10-4 triumph. Rider (3-4) jumped out to its only lead of the day with a run in the top of the first in the nightcap but the Mountaineers scored eight in the bottom of the second and cruised the rest of the way.
Jeremy Dowdy headlined Appalachian’s offensive explosion, going 6-for-9 with three doubles, a home run, seven RBI and four runs scored over the two contests. The senior went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, career-high-tying four RBI and a run in the opener before going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs in the nightcap, raising his batting average to a team-best .412 in the process.
Just five Mountaineers recorded hits in the day’s first game but, in addition to Dowdy’s 3-for-5 effort, Tyler Tewell and Tyler Zupcic also had three hits apiece while Tewell, Zupcic and Daniel Kassouf each drove in two runs to lead the Apps to the 10-4 win.
In the nightcap, Tewell and Noah Holmes set career highs with four RBI each while Dowdy and freshman Alex Leach drove in three runs apiece. Twelve of the 14 batters that ASU sent to the plate had at least one hit, including all nine starters. The Mountaineers also benefitted from 12 walks in 22-4 rout, including eight issued in just three-plus innings by Rider starter Kurt Sowa (1-1).
Overshadowed by the offensive fireworks were two solid efforts turned in by ASU’s pitching staff. Seth Grant battled through five innings in the opener, scattering six hits while allowing just one run to even his record at 1-1 on the season. In the nightcap, senior Jordan Jessup worked two hitless innings out of the bullpen to earn the first win of his career.
Ian Lindsay and Ken Kremer had two hits apiece in the first game and Adam Wayman had two RBI in the nightcap to lead the Broncs.
Appalachian goes for the series sweep on Sunday when it hosts the finale of the four-game set with Rider at 1 p.m. at Smith Stadium.