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Wallace's Eighth-Inning Blast Lifts Mountaineers
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 04/09/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Jason Wallace arrives at home plate after his go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning of Friday's 10-8 win over Davidson.

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BOONE, N.C. - Jason Wallace hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Appalachian State University baseball to a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over visiting Davidson on Friday night at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Wallace came into the evening hitting just .163 on the season and without a home run since Appalachian's seventh game of the year (March 5 vs. Rider) but drove a 1-2 pitch from Davidson side-armer Mike Frongello deep over the left center field fence to turn an 8-7 deficit into a 10-8 Mountaineer lead.

Ironically, the game-winning blast came only after Wallace twice failed in attempts to lay down a sacrifice bunt. ASU's David Towarnicky led off the eighth with a walk and Ryan Stetson followed with a single to put runners on first and second base.

After Wallace's go-ahead homer, Mountaineer closer Chris Patterson worked a dominant ninth to seal the win and earn his eighth save of the season. Patterson, whose eight saves would have matched a school record before all-America closer Zach Quate shattered the mark with 11 saves a season ago, struck out two and needed just 10 pitches to send Davidson packing in the ninth.

Friday's game appeared to be shaping into a pitchers' duel early on with Davidson clinging to a 1-0 lead after three innings. However, the offenses came to life in the fourth and both clubs scored seven runs over the next three stanzas, leaving the Wildcats with an 8-7 advantage going into the seventh.

ASU reliever Taylor Miller and Frongello kept it at 8-7 until Wallace's three-run shot gave the Mountaineers the lead for good. Miller (4-0) allowed just one run and struck out three over 2.2 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win. Frongello (2-3) suffered the loss after surrendering four runs in three innings of relief.

In addition to Wallace's 2-for-3, three-RBI performance, Stetson went 3-for-4 and scored twice and Wes Hobson hit his seventh homer of the season to pace ASU offensively. Danny Weiss had two hits, two RBI and scored two runs to lead Davidson (13-17, 4-11 SoCon).

With the victory, Appalachian reached the 20-win plateau at 20-7-1, marking the fewest games that ASU has needed to win 20 since it also won 20 of its first 28 contests in 1989. The Mountaineers moved to 5-7-1 in Southern Conference play.

The two teams continue their three-game SoCon series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Smith Stadium.
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