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Baseball Swept by Charleston
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 05/16/2010 (ET)
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Wes Hobson cruises into third base with a triple that made him the eighth player in SoCon history with 300 career hits.

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University baseball suffered its first three-game home series sweep in over two years when it dropped both ends of a doubleheader to College of Charleston on Sunday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. Appalachian fell, 13-1, in Sunday's opener and dropped a 9-1 decision in the nightcap.

Appalachian (32-15-1, 11-14-1 SoCon) managed just eight combined hits in Sunday's two games while Charleston (39-14, 22-8 SoCon) racked up 26.

C of C's Jose Rodriguez did the lion's share of the damage, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and four runs scored in the opener and 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run in the nightcap.

The momentum of the day shifted in the fourth inning of the first game. With ASU trailing 1-0, starting pitcher Tyler Jackson seemingly worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam when he struck out Charleston's Hutson Dodds for the third out of the inning. However, the third strike bounced past catcher Jerod Faggart and all four Cougar runners advanced, including Rodriguez, who slid under Jackson's tag to give C of C a 2-0 lead. One batter later, Jamie Holler slapped a two-run single through the left side of the infield to make it 4-0.

Charleston went on to score 18 more runs over the next eight innings (the final five of the opener and the first three of the nightcap) to seal the series sweep, the first suffered by the Mountaineers at home since C of C also swept a three-game set at Smith Stadium from April 4-6, 2008.

The lone bright spot for Appalachian was senior second baseman Wes Hobson who became the eighth player in SoCon history with 300 career hits by going 2-for-4 with a triple in Sunday's opener. Freshman Hector Crespo led ASU with two hits in the nightcap.

Despite losing 7-of-8 games since returning from a week long layoff for final exams, Appalachian clinched one of the eight spots in this month's SoCon Tournament with The Citadel's sweep over UNC Greensboro this weekend.

ASU wraps up regular-season play this week with four road games, beginning with a 6 p.m. affair at Wake Forest on Tuesday.
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