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Baseball Moves to 6-0 with 13-2 Win Over Niagara
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 02/28/2010 (ET)
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Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Ryan Arrowood tossed six shutout innings in Sunday's 13-2 win over Niagara.

FOREST CITY, N.C. - Appalachian State University baseball moved to 6-0 for the first time in 19 years with a convincing 13-2 win over Niagara on the final day of the inaugural North-South Challenge on Sunday at McNair Field.

Appalachian (6-0) scored twice in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run double by David Towarnicky then opened the floodgates with a nine-run fifth to take an insurmountable 11-0 lead.

The Mountaineers sent 12 batters to the plate in the nine-run fifth. Each of the first nine ASU hitters in the inning scored and nine of the first 10 recorded base hits. Jeremy Dowdy's two-run double and Jason Wallace's three-run homer highlighted the fifth-inning onslaught.

In all, ASU banged out a season-best 15 hits while its 13 runs matched a season high also recorded versus Niagara on Friday. Towarnicky and Wes Hobson paced the 15-hit attack with three apiece while Towarnicky and Wallace drove in three runs each.

On the mound, Mountaineer starter Ryan Arrowood tossed six shutout innings near his hometown to earn the win and move to 2-0 on the young season. Dating back to a loss in his first collegiate start over a year ago, Arrowood has won 15-straight decisions, including a 12-0 stint with the Coastal Plain League's Forest City Owls last summer. Arrowood has not allowed a run while striking out 16 and walking only two in 11 innings this season.

Sunday's performance on the mound was indicative of the pitching prowess that has ASU standing at 6-0 for the first time since 1991. Through six games, the Mountaineer pitching staff boasts a miniscule 1.83 ERA and .202 opposing batting average. The Apps have also been impressive at the plate, averaging over nine runs per game. Overall, Appalachian has outscored its opponents by a combined 56-12.

The Mountaineers close out a string of seven-straight games away from home to open the season when they travel to North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro.



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