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Junior Taylor Thurber makes his first-career start for the Mountaineers against Wake Forest on Tuesday night at Smith Stadium.
Courtesy: Rob Moore (Appalachian '93)
Baseball Hosts WF for First Time Since 2010
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Monday 04/28/2014 (ET)
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Appalachian State University baseball closes a five-game homestand on Tuesday when it hosts longtime local rival Wake Forest at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are still available for Appalachian State's second home game of the year against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent (Appalachian also hosted Notre Dame on March 11). Tickets can be purchased online by clicking HERE or at the gate beginning at 5:30 p.m.

For those who can't make it to the ballpark, Tuesday's contest can be seen live on App State TV. The Appalachian IMG Sports Network radio broadcast can be heard locally on WATA 1450 AM and worldwide by clicking HERE.

Wake Forest's visit to Smith Stadium is its fourth since the ballpark opened in 2007 but its first since 2010. The Mountaineers and Demon Deacons renewed their annual home-and-home series this season after a three-year hiatus.

In the teams' first meeting of the year on April 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C., Appalachian State took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning but Wake Forest scored four runs in the seventh and held on for a 4-2 win.

Tuesday's game is Appalachian's 10th and final scheduled matchup against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent this season. After dropping the first eight, the Mountaineers finally claimed an ACC pelt last Tuesday when they thumped Virginia Tech, 11-0. The win was App State's 11th over an ACC club since 2007 and its first-ever shutout victory against an ACC opponent.

With the season hitting the home stretch, Appalachian State will shake up its pitching staff a bit on Tuesday night when right-handed junior Taylor Thurber makes the first start of his career. Thurber has made 45 appearances out of the bullpen as a Mountaineer, including 18 this season, and owns three career saves.

Tuesday's game is the fourth in a stretch of 10-straight against teams ranked among the nation's top 100 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings, according to warrennolan.com. Following the home contest versus Wake Forest, the final six games of the grueling stretch are on the road in the form of pivotal three-game Southern Conference series at Western Carolina and Samford. Appalachian State (9-8 SoCon) currently stands in fourth place in the tightly bunched SoCon race, right behind second-place WCU (13-4 SoCon) and third-place Samford (10-8 SoCon).

APPALACHIAN STATE BASEBALL (16-26) vs. Wake Forest (26-21)
Tuesday, April 29 • Boone, N.C. (Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium)
Appalachian State Probable Starting Pitcher Wake Forest Probable Starting Pitcher
Jr. RHP Taylor Thurber (0-6, 5.09 ERA) So. RHP Garrett Kelly (1-2, 4.96 ERA)

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