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Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, 1983)
Tyler Zupcic had two of ASU's six hits in Thursday's 6-3 loss at No. 20 Miami (Fla.)
Baseball Suffers First Loss at No. 20 Miami (Fla.)
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 02/24/2011 (ET)
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Eight stranded baserunners in the game's first six innings were too much for Appalachian State University baseball to overcome in a 6-3 loss to No. 20 Miami (Fla.) on Thursday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park.

Appalachian (4-1) banged out six hits and benefitted from four Miami errors in the first six stanzas of the ballgame. However, the Mountaineers weren't able to take full advantage of the opportunities, leaving six of the eight stranded baserunners in scoring position.

ASU led 2-1 after one-and-a-half innings and trailed just 5-3 going into the bottom of the fifth but was limited to just one hit over the final four frames and fell for the first time in 2011.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second, the first of three errors by Miami shortstop Stephen Perez gave the Mountaineers new life in the inning. Tyler Zupcic and Zack Briggs responded with back-to-back two-out hits to knot the score at 1-1 and, one batter later, Zupcic scored on a wild pitch by UM starter Bryan Radziewski to take a 2-1 advantage.

Appalachian's only lead was short-lived, as Miami (3-2) answered with three runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on single scores in the third and fourth. ASU had chances to match the Hurricanes' early onslaught but squandered multiple scoring opportunities. In particular, the Apps had runners on second and third with one out in the third but back-to-back strikeouts prevented them from pushing any runs across. An inning later, ASU loaded the bases with no outs but only managed to score one run.

The scoring opportunities for both teams all but dried up after the fourth, as the clubs combined for just five hits and closed the game with five scoreless stanzas. Only one of the Mountaineers' final 16 batters managed a base hit against UM relievers Adam Sargent and Sam Robinson while ASU starter Nathan Hyatt and reliever Chad Farmer limited the 'Canes to three hits over the final four innings.

Hyatt (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs in six innings while striking out six. Radziewski (1-0) struck out seven to work his way out of a number of jams in five innings and earn his first collegiate win.

Zupcic collected two of Appalachian's six hits and was just inches foul on what would have been a two-run home run in the fifth. Briggs and Tyler Tewell chipped in with one RBI each. Leadoff hitter Zeke DeVoss sparked Miami's offense by reaching base three times (a hit and two walks), stealing two bases and driving in two runs.

The two teams meet in the second game of the their three-game series on Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.




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