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Tyler Moore pitched eight scoreless innings in the 8-0 shutout of Kent State on Saturday at Patriots Point Park in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Courtesy: Maggie Hobson
Appalachian Blanks the Golden Flashes, 8-0
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Saturday 03/15/2014 (ET)
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — The Appalachian State University baseball team recorded its first shutout of the season on Saturday, blanking Kent State 8-0 at Patriots Point Park in Mount Pleasant, N.C.

The story of the game was the pitching and timely hits. Appalachian’s shutout was its first since March 30, 2013 when Sam Agnew-Wieland pitched a complete game and only gave up five hits. Senior Tyler Moore pitched eight scoreless innings, only giving up nine hits and walking two batters. Moore has been charged with two earned runs in the his last 24.1 innings pitched and moved to 2-2 on the season.

After having trouble putting together a string of hits this season, the Mountaineers (5-14) had one of its best innings so far this season. It all started when Alex Leach hit a hot shot down the right field line. After Michael Pierson fouled out to right field, Leach stole second base and a wild pitch sent Leach to third base. With the infield in, William Head hit a ball that got right over the charging third baseman’s head and rolled down the left-field line. Leach scored on the play and Head stood safe on first and then he stole second base. Zach Hummel, who started for Ozzy Gonzalez, hit a ball over the centerfielder’s head that fell against the outfield fence. Hummel scored Head and had himself an RBI double. On the very next pitch, sophomore Jaylin Davis homered to left field to clear the bases. After the inning, Appalachian had a 4-0 lead.

The Mountaineers got two runs in the eighth inning and two runs in the ninth inning. In the eighth inning, Dillon Dobson singled up the middle to reach first. Tyler Zupcic bunted  and a throwing error by the first baseman allowed Zupcic to get all the way to third and score Dobson. Appalachian was up 5-0. Pierson flied out to centerfield for the sacrifice that brought Zupcic home for the second run and made the score 6-0.  

Tyler Stroup pinched hit for Brian Bauk in the ninth inning with two men on base and recorded his first triple of his career and brought in both runs to make the score 8-0.

Taylor Thurber took over for Moore in the ninth inning. After giving up a walk to the first batter, Thurber retired the last three batters to complete the shutout for Appalachian.

Since going hitless in his first 33 at-bats this season after missing nearly a full year due to head and hip injuries, Leach has hit safely in five of the last seven games he has started, including going 2-for-3 with a run against Kent State. Davis homerun was his second of the season, tying teammate Dobson.

Kent State’s starting pitcher Jensen-Clagg was taken out in the fifth inning after surrending the four runs and was charged with the loss. Both teams ended the game with a total of nine hits, but the Golden Flashes had three errors to Appalachian’s one.

Appalachian will face host College of Charleston on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the College of Charleston Tournament at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

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