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Michael Pierson (left) is greeted by Preston Troutman (center) and Alex Leach (right) after his three-run homer in the first inning of Friday's 4-2 win over UNCG.
Courtesy: Rob Moore (www.mtnsnapshots.com)
Nunn, Pierson and Stroup Power Apps to 4-2 Win
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 03/28/2014 (ET)
BOONE, N.C.Jamie Nunn threw his first-career complete game while Michael Pierson and Tyler Stroup both homered to lead Appalachian State University baseball to a 4-2 win over UNCG on Friday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Pierson hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Stroup led off the third with a solo blast to provide Nunn with all the support he would need in Friday’s Southern Conference series opener.

After Nunn worked his way out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the first, Pierson crushed a fastball from UNCG starter Ryan Clark (1-3) for a two-out, three-run blast to right field that gave Appalachian State (7-16, 2-2 SoCon) an early 3-0 lead.

Stroup stretched the Mountaineers’ advantage to 4-0 in the third with his leadoff bomb into the UNCG bullpen in right and Nunn was the story the rest of the way.

After escaping from the bases-loaded bind in the first, Nunn retired 20 of the next 23 batters that he faced before giving up back-to-back hits with two outs in the seventh. He got out of the seventh unscathed but UNCG (13-12, 2-2 SoCon) finally got on the board in the eighth when, aided by a catcher’s interference call, the Spartans plated two runs to slice Appalachian’s lead in half to 4-2.

With only 106 pitches on his ledger through eight innings, Nunn went back to the mound for the ninth and easily got the first two outs of the frame. A two-out error by shortstop Dillon Dobson brought the tying run to the plate in the form of UNCG leadoff hitter Zac MacAneney, who was already 3-for-4 on the afternoon, but Nunn got MacAneney to ground out harmlessly to second base to end the game.

Nunn (2-4) scattered 10 hits, struck out five and allowed only one earned run in the first complete game of his career. Nunn’s previous career high for innings pitched was eight while his longest outing of this season had been 6.2 innings last Friday night at Georgia Southern.

In addition to driving in all four Appalachian State runs, Pierson and Stroup combined for four of the Mountaineers’ six hits. Pierson went 2-for-3 while homering and driving in three runs for the second-straight game. Stroup also went deep for the second game in a row and finished 2-for-4.

Appalachian State and UNCG continue their three-game SoCon series on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Smith Stadium.

NOTES: Nunn’s nine-inning complete game was Appalachian State’s first of the season — Tyler Moore tossed a seven-inning CG in a 7-2 win over UNC Asheville on March 8 and Sean Mason worked all eight innings of a 2-1 loss at No. 14 Clemson on March 12 ... the three members of Appalachian’s weekend pitching rotation (Nunn, Moore and Jeffrey Springs) have allowed a total of just 21 earned runs over their last 12 combined starts ... the Mountaineers beat UNCG for the 11th time in the clubs’ last 16 matchups ... Appalachian moved to 4-1 this season and 41-13 since the beginning of 2012 at Smith Stadium.

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