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Freshman Sean Mason pitched nine innings, giving up two hits in an 11-0 rout of Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
Courtesy: Chase Reynolds
Mason Earns First Collegiate Win in Rout of VT
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Tuesday 04/22/2014 (ET)
BLACKSBURG, VA. — Freshman Sean Mason earned his first collegiate win in an 11-0, two-hit shutout over Virginia Tech (18-21-1) on Tuesday at English Field in Blacksburg, Va.

Mason helped Appalachian (15-23) get its first victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference team in nine tries this season and its first over the Hokies since a 5-4 win in 1994.

The first batter of the game, Saige Jenco, got Virginia Tech’s first hit of the game and the second batter, Ricky Surum, was hit by one of Mason’s pitches. Mason would settle down and retire the next 20 batters of the game, before giving up a walk in the eighth inning and a hit in the ninth. He delivered two-straight groundouts to secure the win and move to 1-1 on the season.

Behind Mason’s spectacular pitching was fantastic hitting. Appalachian got runs early and packed them quickly. Jaylin Davis got the first hit for Appalachian in the second inning, then Preston Troutman hit his second home run of the season on a 2-0 pitch that would score both Davis.

In the third inning, Michael Pierson hit a solo home run to give the Mountaineers the 3-0 lead, while Matt Brill hit a successful sacrifice bunt to score Troutman in the fourth inning.

The Mountaineers enjoyed most of their success at the plate in the fifth and eighth. The Mountaineers got four runs on two hits in the fifth inning and three runs on three hits in the eighth inning behind the bats of Troutman, Brill and Bradley Morton.

Virginia Tech used a variety of six pitchers on the day. Starter Alex Perez was charged with the loss, pitching three innings and giving up three runs on five hits. Pinch hitter Logan Bible got the only other Hokies hit.

Troutman and Morton both matched each other with three RBIs a piece. Morton drove in his three RBIs on two hits and scored one run, while Troutman added a walk, a hit and two runs. Brill got three hits on the day, one more than any other Mountaineer.

After a grueling five game road trip, the Mountaineers will return home to take on Gardner-Webb on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

NOTES:
Last two-hit, complete game came from Sam Agnew-Wieland on April 6, 2013 against Georgia Southern.....Tonight’s win was the 11th win over an ACC team since 2007 but the first in nine tries this season.....Largest margin of victory over an ACC opponent since 22-6 win over Wake Forest in 2008 and the most runs scored on an ACC opponent this season.....First shutout win over an ACC team.....This is Appalachian’s first true road win of the year against a non-conference opponent. The Mountaineers are winless in 11 previous true non-conference road games this season. However, all 11 defeats have come at ACC and Southeastern Conference opponents and nine of the 11 have come at the hands of nationally ranked teams.



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