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Ryan Arrowood surrendered just three hits, walked none and struck out six over 6.1 innings in Tuesday's 7-0 win at Gardner-Webb.
Courtesy: Marc DeRose
Another Shutout for ASU Baseball
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 02/22/2011 (ET)
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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Behind 6.1 scoreless innings from junior Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State University baseball recorded its third shutout of the young season, a 7-0 blanking of Gardner-Webb on Tuesday in the inaugural game at GWU's John Henry Moss Stadium.

Pitching less than 25 miles southeast of his hometown of Rutherfordton, N.C., Arrowood (1-0) surrendered just three hits, struck out six, walked none and never allowed a runner to advance past second base. The right-hander retired the final six batters he faced and needed just 79 pitches to work into the seventh inning and earn his first victory of the season.

Will Helms and Taylor Miller finished off the shutout by combining for 2.2 innings of two-hit relief.

Appalachian's offense struggled for six innings, pushing only one run across while stranding seven on base through the first six stanzas. However, ASU exploded for two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Tyler Tewell led the Mountaineers' 14-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and run scored. Tyler Zupcic went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Jeremy Dowdy and Jack Myers chipped in with two hits apiece.

Despite the late-inning offensive onslaught, the story of the day, as it has been throughout the first week of the season, was Appalachian's pitching. ASU (4-0) has three recorded three shutouts in its first four games for the first time in school history (complete results date back to 1955) and its staff boasts a miniscule 0.50 ERA and .187 opponents' batting average.

Cleanup hitter Jake Watts recorded two of the five hits for Gardner-Webb (3-2), which was coming off of winning 3-of-4 games at The Citadel Memorial Challenge in Charleston, S.C. last weekend. The three triumphs included a pair of one-run wins over tournament host and defending Southern Conference regular-season and tournament champion The Citadel.

The Mountaineers face their stiffest tests of the young season this weekend when they travel for a three-game series at No. 20 Miami (Fla.). Game times versus the four-time national champions are set for 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at Miami's Alex Rodriguez Park.


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