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Baseball Strands 11 in 6-3 Loss at The Citadel
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 03/28/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: Mike Towarnicky
Hector Crespo went 3-for-5 with a double in Sunday's 6-3 loss at The Citadel.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Plagued by missed opportunities, Appalachian State University baseball dropped a 6-3 decision to The Citadel on Sunday at Riley Park. With the victory, the first-place Bulldogs completed a three-game Southern Conference series sweep of Appalachian.

Appalachian (14-6-1, 2-6-1 SoCon) out-hit The Citadel (18-6, 9-0 SoCon), 9-8, but stranded 11 baserunners, bringing its weekend total for runners left on base to 30. Eight of the 11 runners that ASU left on base on Sunday were stranded in scoring position.

The Citadel broke open a 3-2 ballgame with three runs in the sixth inning. All three runs came with two outs, capped by a two-run double to right center field by Matt Simonelli that put Appalachian into a 6-2 hole.

The Mountaineers had opportunities to cut into the deficit over the final three innings but stranded runners in scoring position in both the seventh and eighth before a two-out rally in the ninth fell short. Benefitting from a pair of Bulldog errors, the Apps pushed a run across and had the bases loaded in the ninth with Jeremy Dowdy representing the go-ahead run at the plate. However, Citadel closer Drew Mahaffey struck out Dowdy to end the game.

Freshman Hector Crespo paced Appalachian's nine-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with a double from the leadoff spot in the batting order. First baseman David Towarnicky chipped in with two hits and two RBI.

ASU starting pitcher Ryan Arrowood surrendered five runs on six hits over 5.1 innings to suffer his first loss in 13 months and fall to 3-1 on the season. The sophomore hadn't lost a decision since his collegiate debut at Wake Forest on Feb. 24 of last year and had won 16-straight decisions, including his 12-0 stint with the Coastal Plain League's Forest City Owls last summer.

For the second-straight start, Arrowood was struggled with his control, walking five in Sunday's loss. Over his last two starts, he has issued 10 walks in 8.2 innings after walking only three in 20.1 innings over his first four starts of the season.

Simonelli and William Ladd led The Citadel with two hits apiece while starting pitcher Michael Clevinger (2-2) scattered six hits and allowed two runs over five innings to earn the win.

After facing three of the SoCon's strongest teams (Georgia Southern, Western Carolina and The Citadel) to open conference play — with two of the three series on the road — Appalachian plays 13 of its next 14 at home, including three-straight SoCon series against teams that finished in the bottom half of the league standings last season (Furman, Davidson and UNC Greensboro).

ASU opens an nine-game homestand on Tuesday when it hosts East Tennessee State at 3 p.m. at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
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