MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Appalachian State’s Jaylin Davis hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Appalachian State led the rest of the way in a 5-2 win over College of Charleston.
The Cougars (12-10, 3-4) lost their third SoCon game in the last four at home, while Appalachian State (12-7, 4-3) pulled out the victory by holding Charleston to just two runs on seven hits.
Matt Pegler (1-1) picked up his first loss of the season as he went six innings, allowing just three runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Jamie Nunn (5-1) also had a quality start for Appalachian State, picking up the win after going seven innings with just two runs allowed, striking out six.
Ryan Welke and Morgan Phillips picked up RBIs for the Cougars in the seventh inning, while Davis and Hector Crespo led ASU’s offensive effort with two-RBI hits, one in the first inning and one in the ninth inning.
Davis put the Mountaineers up 2-0 in the first inning with a two-run homer to left that scored Crespo. The Mountaineers added another run in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly from Noah Holmes that scored Will Callaway.
The Cougars could not get the offense going until the seventh inning when Alex Pastorius hit a one-out double to left field and came home on a single from Welke. Lorenzo Wright pinch-ran for Welke and came all the way around to score on a double from Phillips. It was Phillips’ sixth hit since becoming a starter six days ago, and all of his hits have been doubles.
A groundout from Butler and strikeout from Gunnar Heidt ended the CofC threat in the seventh inning, but the score was cut to 3-2.
Appalachian State put the game away with two insurance runs in the ninth inning off of reliever Blake Ross. With runners on second and third, Crespo doubled to left center and scored Brandon Burris and William Head, making the margin 5-2.
College of Charleston will look to even the series on Saturday afternoon. The game is still currently scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.