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Stetson, Arrowood Lead Apps Over UNCA
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 05/12/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: David Scearce
Ryan Stetson hit the first grand slam of his career and drove in five runs in ASU's 12-2 win over UNCA on Wednesday.

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Led by five RBI from Ryan Stetson and a strong start on the mound by Ryan Arrowood, Appalachian State University baseball got back on track with a 12-2 win over UNC Asheville on Wednesday afternoon at McCormick Field.

Stetson not only extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his 3-for-4 performance but may have single-handedly snapped Appalachian (32-12-1) out of a week-long funk with runners in scoring position when he belted a two-out grand slam to left field in the top of the second inning that gave ASU a 4-0 lead. Prior to the grand slam, Appalachian's first of the season and the first of Stetson's career, ASU had just three hits in its previous 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Stetson's slam was just what the Mountaineers needed to jump-start their clutch hitting, as they were 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday after the blast.

The Apps tacked on three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to make it 8-0, all before Arrowood had allowed a hit. UNCA finally managed to record a base hit against the right-handed sophomore with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and scored its only run against him in the sixth.

Arrowood, who was on a pitch count after working an inning on Sunday at Elon, came out of the game with two outs in the sixth. He surrendered just one run on four hits while striking out six over 5.2 innings to move to 6-3 on the campaign.

Appalachian added four more runs in the eighth to complete its 17th double-digit scoring output of the season.

Stetson, who had a base hit to lead off the game and an RBI single in the fourth to go along with his grand slam, has now hit safely in 33 of his last 35 games. Wes Hobson, Jack Myers and Hector Crespo chipped in to the 12-hit attack with two apiece.

Wednesday's win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Mountaineers, their longest of the season, and extended their winning streak over local rival UNC Asheville (12-32) to nine games.

Appalachian returns home this weekend for a pivotal three-game Southern Conference series versus second-place College of Charleston. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.
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