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Baseball Drops 13-2 Decision at The Citadel
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 03/26/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: Mike Towarnicky
Jerod Faggart had ASU's lone RBI in Friday's 13-2 loss at The Citadel.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Citadel's five-run second-inning and pitching performance by ace Asher Wojciechowski were too much for Appalachian State University baseball to overcome in a 13-2 loss to the first-place Bulldogs on Friday night at Riley Park.

Appalachian (14-4-1, 2-4-1 SoCon) surrendered season highs for runs and hits (23) allowed in its most lopsided loss of the campaign. ASU had not been defeated by more than five runs in its previous three losses this season.

The Citadel (16-6, 7-0 SoCon) banged out four extra-base hits and benefitted from three walks in the first two innings of the ballgame to jump out to a 6-0 lead. Most of the damage came in the five-run second inning, which was capped by a towering two-run homer by Legare Jones, a .189 hitter coming in to the evening.

That would be more than enough support for Wojciechowski, who cemented his standing as the clear frontrunner for SoCon Pitcher of the Year by striking out 11 Mountaineers while surrendering just one earned run over seven innings of work. In three conference starts this season, the right-handed junior has recorded 36 strikeouts versus only two walks.

Appalachian managed its only runs against the surefire MLB Draft pick in the seventh inning when Jerod Faggart broke up the shutout with a solid RBI single to right field and Frankie Lewis scored on an error by The Citadel third baseman David Greene to make it 11-2.

The Bulldogs got the two runs back in the bottom of the seventh to account for the final margin.

ASU starter Matt Andress, who came into the evening tied for the SoCon lead in victories with Wojciechowski (6-0), allowed eight runs on 11 hits and walked four in just 3.1 innings to fall to 5-2 on the season.

Catcher Bryan Altman went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI to lead The Citadel's 13-run, 23-hit onslaught.

The two teams continue their three-game SoCon series on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Riley Park.
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