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Baseball Drops Fourth-Straight to Elon, 13-3
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 05/09/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: SoCon Photos
Wes Hobson had two hits in Sunday's loss at Elon.

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ELON, N.C. — A second-straight sloppy effort led to Appalachian State University baseball's fourth-consecutive loss, a 13-3 setback to Elon on Sunday afternoon at Latham Park.

Appalachian (31-12-1, 11-11-1 SoCon) went 1-for-15 as a team with runners in scoring position, left 11 men on base and committed three errors in the disappointing loss.

The Mountaineers had runners in scoring position in each of the first six stanzas but only managed three runs — the first on a solo home run by David Towarnicky to lead off the fourth inning and the last two on Elon errors in the fifth and sixth.

In all, eight of the 10 runners that Appalachian left on base were stranded in scoring position. Sunday's 1-for-15 performance with runners in scoring position continued a problem that plagued ASU all weekend, as it hit just .103 (3-for-29) with runners on second or third base in its three losses to Elon (34-18, 17-10 SoCon).

Despite the lack of clutch hitting, the Mountaineers only trailed 4-2 after four-and-a-half innings. However, Elon took advantage of two ASU errors and two walks to score five runs and take a commanding 9-2 lead.

As opposed to Appalachian's futility in the clutch, the Phoenix made the most of its opportunities, converting its 10 hits into 13 runs. In addition to the three ASU errors, Elon also benefitted from 10 walks en route to completing the three-game series sweep.

Wes Hobson went 2-for-4 to snap a three-game hitless streak and lead the Mountaineers' eight-hit attack. Niko Fraser went 3-for-5 and Mike Melillo drove in three runs to pace the Phoenix.

Appalachian will look to snap its longest losing streak of season when it travels to face UNC Asheville on Wednesday at Asheville's historic McCormick Field. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
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