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Preston Troutman keyed ASU's comeback from a 5-0 deficit with RBI in the seventh and eighth innings but the Mountaineers fell, 8-6, in their series opener at WCU.
Courtesy: Rob Moore (Appalachian '93)
Baseball Roars Back But Lets Lead Slip Away
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 05/18/2012 (ET)
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CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Appalachian State University baseball roared back from a 5-0 deficit on Friday afternoon to take a 6-5 lead but Western Carolina scored three times in the bottom of the eighth inning to hand Appalachian an 8-6 defeat in a game suspended due to weather on Thursday evening.

No. 24 Appalachian (37-13, 20-8 SoCon) trailed 5-0 when play was halted on in the top of the seventh inning on Thursday evening but immediately scored five runs when play resumed on Friday to knot the scored at 5-5 after seven stanzas.

One inning later, the Mountaineers took the 6-5 lead on an RBI double by Preston Troutman. However, Western Carolina (31-21, 15-13 SoCon) scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth — all with two outs — to retake an 8-6 advantage. Appalachian went down in order in the top of the ninth inning to finish off the heart-breaking loss.

Despite the loss, Appalachian still controls its own destiny in the chase for its first Southern Conference championship in 25 years. The Mountaineers' magic number remains at two, meaning that any combination of two wins over WCU and/or two College of Charleston losses at UNC Greensboro over the final two games of their respective weekend series would give the Apps at least a share of their first SoCon title since 1987.

Friday's regularly scheduled second game of the three-game weekend series at WCU's Hennon Stadium was delayed by 90 minutes due to rain. The contest is now underway — click HERE for live audio and stats.

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