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ASU Pitchers Shine in Season-Opening Win
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 02/19/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Matt Andress allowed one hit over five innings of work to earn the win in ASU's season-opening 6-1 triumph over Presbyterian.

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Matt Andress, Jordan Jessup and Chris Patterson combined to surrender just three hits and lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 6-1 win over Presbyterian in the season opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at USC Upstate's Harley Park.

Andress displayed the form that made him an all-Southern Conference selection two seasons ago, limiting Presbyterian to just one hit over six innings of work, striking out four in the process. The senior needed just 68 pitches to earn the 18th victory of his career, moving him into a tie for fifth in school history.

Jessup was nearly as impressive in his Appalachian debut. The junior transfer from Surry C.C. allowed just two hits while striking out six over 3.1 innings of relief. He came up just two outs shy of earning a save in his first outing for the Black and Gold.

The Mountaineers needed every bit of the efforts that they received from their pitchers, as Blue Hose starter Steven Richardson was nearly as strong as his counterparts on the mound. The left-hander held ASU to four hits over 7.1 innings of work but was the victim of two costly errors behind him and suffered the tough-luck loss.

Preseason all-America second baseman Wes Hobson sparked a two-run first inning for ASU when he followed a leadoff walk to Jerod Faggart and a double to the right-center field gap by Jeremy Dowdy with a sacrifice fly to deep left field that gave the Apps a 1-0 lead before an out was recorded. Three batters later, ASU plated an unearned to take a 2-0 advantage.

Hobson extended the Appalachian lead to 3-0 in the top of the third with a towering solo home run to right field.

The score remained 3-0 until the seventh when PC shortstop Gabe Grammer's second throwing error of the afternoon opened the floodgates for a three-run inning that gave ASU a commanding 6-0 advantage.

Presbyterian spoiled the Mountaineers' shutout bid when it scored its only run of the ballgame on an RBI single by Nate Horton in the bottom of the ninth inning. However, Patterson came on to record the final two outs and seal ASU's fourth season-opening triumph in six years.

Hobson led the Apps offensively, going 1-for-2 with a home run, sacrifice fly, two RBI and two runs scored. Dowdy chipped in with a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance.

Appalachian returns to action on Saturday when it plays the host of this weekend's Marriott Classic, USC Upstate. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Harley Park.
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