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Defense Shines in 10-7 Win Over Furman
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 04/02/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: David Scearce
Jeremy Dowdy had three hits, drove in three runs and stole home in ASU's 10-7 win over Furman on Friday night.

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BOONE, N.C. - Buoyed by terrific defense, 11 hits and nine stolen bases, Appalachian State University baseball topped visiting Furman, 10-7, on a beautiful Friday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

With temperatures in the 80s at first pitch and clear skies, Appalachian (16-6-1, 3-6-1 SoCon) snapped a five-game Southern Conference winless streak and moved to 24-1-1 in its last 26 home games.

ASU starter Matt Andress battled through 7.1 innings and surrendered just three runs, thanks in large part to the stellar defense behind him. The Mountaineers turned two double plays and their first triple play in seven years to help offset the 13 Paladins that reached base against Andress.

Appalachian scored twice in the bottom of the first inning to grab an early lead but the advantage was in peril when Furman's first two batters of the second inning reached base. However, the next batter, Will Miller, hit a sinking line drive that Mountaineer second baseman Wes Hobson snagged just inches from the turf. Hobson fired to shortstop Doug Jones to double off FU's Dylan Cole at second and Jones relayed to first baseman David Towarnicky before Reese Wade could get back to the bag to complete the triple play, ASU's first since March 14, 2003 at College of Charleston.

Furman (8-18, 2-8 SoCon) cut the ASU lead in half with a run in the top of the third but the Apps stretched the advantage to 5-1 with three runs in the bottom of the stanza. Jeremy Dowdy and Ryan Stetson both had RBI singles in the three-run third and the duo collaborated on a double steal of second and home to plate the inning's final run.

After the Paladins made it 5-2 with another single tally in the fourth, the Mountaineers scored once in the fifth and three times in the sixth to take a commanding 9-2 lead. ASU executed another double steal of second and home, this time with Jerod Faggart advancing to second and Doug Jones taking home, and Dowdy drove in his third run of the game with a single to left to highlight the scoring in the sixth.

The clubs swapped runs in the eighth, ASU's coming on Faggart's team-leading eighth home run of the year, to make it 10-3.

Furman made it interesting in the ninth when it scored four runs against Mountaineer reliever Taylor Miller. However, with the tying run on deck, Appalachian brought in closer Chris Patterson, who struck out FU's John Paterson to end the game and earn his seventh save of the year.

With the victory, Andress moved to 6-2 on the season and alone into second place on ASU's all-time victories list with 23 for his career. He needs just two more wins to match the school record of 25, set by Kevin Simmons in 1986.

Dowdy paced the Mountaineers' 10-run, 11-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Faggart, Stetson and Hector Crespo added two hits apiece.

Starter Ian Parry (1-3) allowed five runs on eight hits in just 3.2 innings of work to suffer the loss for Furman. The Paladins were led offensively by Cameron Allmendinger, who went 3-for-4.

Appalachian and Furman continue their three-game SoCon series on Saturday at Smith Stadium. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.
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