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Baseball Tops PC to Move to 10-0
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 03/09/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: Tommy Penick
Will Helms allowed just one hit in 1.1 scoress linnings of relief to earn the win on Tuesday at PC.

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CLINTON, S.C. — Appalachian State University baseball moved to 10-0 on the season with an 8-6 win at Presbyterian on Tuesday afternoon.

With the victory, Appalachian remains one of only eight unbeaten NCAA Division I teams this season and extends its school record for consecutive wins to open a campaign. ASU's 10-game winning streak is also its longest at any point in a season since it won 11-straight contests in 1996.

Sparked by first-inning RBI from David Towarnicky and Ryan Stetson, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four-and-a-half innings on Tuesday at PC.

ASU starter Seth Grant cruised through four scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the fifth when Presbyterian (2-10) strung together four hits sandwiched around a sacrifice bunt to close the gap to 4-3. However, southpaw Will Helms preserved the one-run lead when he came out of the bullpen to record the final two outs of the inning.

The Mountaineers responded to the Blue Hose rally by plating a run in the sixth on Tyler Zupcic's first career home run and adding three more in the seventh to take a commanding 8-3 lead.

Presbyterian scored a single run in the seventh and a pair of Mountaineer errors in the eighth helped lead to two more PC runs that cut the Appalachian advantage to 8-6. However, ASU closer Chris Patterson came on to record the final four outs and seal the victory.

After getting the Mountaineers out of the fifth-inning jam, Helms also tossed a scoreless sixth to earn his first win of the season. The save was the fifth of the young campaign for Patterson, who has surrendered just three hits over 7.1 scoreless innings in his first year as ASU's full-time closer.

In addition to his first career homer, Zupcic had an RBI single in the seventh and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in, raising his batting average to .438 in the process. Jerod Faggart and Jeremy Dowdy added two hits apiece as well and Stetson also drove in a pair of runs.

Appalachian puts its unblemished record on the line on Wednesday when it faces its toughest test to date at traditional Southeastern Conference power Auburn. First pitch is set for 7:30 ET at Auburn's historic Plainsman Park.
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