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Baseball Completes Sweep of Wofford
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 04/26/2009 (ET)
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Aubrey Edens fires a pitch in Sunday's win over Wofford.

BOONE, N.C. Led by eight strong innings from starting pitcher Aubrey Edens and Wes Hobson’s 4-for-4 performance at the plate, Appalachian State University baseball completed a three-game Southern Conference series sweep of visiting Wofford with an 11-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium.

Appalachian (26-17, 13-12 SoCon) won for the 13th time in 14 games overall and stretched its home winning streak to 12. Since opening the season at 6-14 and 1-9 in SoCon play, ASU has won 20-of-23 overall and 12-of-15 in conference action.

With relievers Chris Patterson and Zach Quate unavailable after appearing in each of the first two games of the series, Edens gave the Mountaineer pitching staff exactly what it needed by working eight-innings deep into Sunday’s win.

The right-handed senior cruised through the first seven innings, allowing four runs on just five hits in helping stake the Mountaineers to a 9-4 lead. He began to labor a bit as he crossed the 100-pitch mark in 80-degree heat in the eighth and Wofford (17-22, 7-13 SoCon) pushed two runs across to cut the advantage to 9-6.

The Terriers were en route to bringing the tying run to the plate in the eighth, but catcher Jeremy Dowdy got Edens and the Apps out of the jam. Dowdy came up the first-base line to field a throw home on Landon Bennett’s RBI single to right field and fired the ball to second base where he cut down Bennett to end the inning.

Dowdy’s play was one of three defensive gems for ASU on the afternoon. Both right fielder Jason Wallace and center fielder Rand Smith made spectacular diving catches Wallace’s coming with a runner on third and two outs in the first inning and Smith’s coming with deep in the left-center field gap in the fifth.

Offensively, a five-run second inning highlighted the Mountaineers’ 11-run, 14-hit showing. Hobson paced the offensive explosion with his 4-for-4 effort, which included a triple, two RBI and three runs scored.

Isaac Harrow chipped in by going 2-for-2 with two walks, a sacrifice fly and a team-best three RBI. In the process, Harrow moved within a hit of tying ASU’s all-time record of 239 and matched the school record for doubles with the 61st of his career on a drive down the left field line that drove in a pair of runs in the second.

Edens (5-2) registered his team-leading fifth win of the season.

Bennett and Jake Wallace accounted for four of Wofford’s seven hits by each going 2-for-4. Gus White (2-4) surrendered seven runs (six earned) in 3.1 innings to suffer the loss.

Appalachian looks to build on its 12-game home winning streak this week when it hosts three non-conference games at Smith Stadium, beginning with Tuesday’s 7 p.m. matchup versus Radford.
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