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Appalachian State Rallies In Seventh Inning To Win 8-6

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          Release: 04/06/2012
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BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State scored five runs on two home runs in the seventh inning to come back and defeat College of Charleston, 8-5.

ASU's leading hitter, Daniel Kassouf, launched a ball to center field with two runners on to give Appalachian State a 5-4 lead in the seventh. Three batters later, Trey Holmes turned on a ball to right field for a two-run homer that put the game out of reach.

The win kept Appalachian State (23-5, 8-2) in first place in the Southern Conference, while College of Charleston moved to 21-10 and 11-5 on the season.

Ryan Arrowood (5-0) picked up the win for Mountaineers, pitching seven innings and allowing four runs while striking out seven. Josh Renfro (4-3) was tagged with the loss as he allowed six earned runs and 11 hits.

Kassouf's three-run homer led ASU's offensive effort, while Will Callaway went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Hector Crespo tallied two hits and scored two runs. Appalachian State outhit the Cougars 11-7.

Brandon Murray went 1-of-3 with a run, RBI, walk and a stolen base. Marty Gantt, Bradley Goodson and Gunnar Heidt each hit doubles, as Gantt and Goodson also scored runs.

College of Charleston got on the board first in the second inning as Murray led off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout from Rob Harding. An two-out error from ASU's Trey Holmes allowed Murray to advance to third and the left fielder scored on a double steal. Just two pitches later, Heidt doubled to center field to score Cody Martin and give CofC a 2-0 lead.

The Cougars took advantage of another miscue by Holmes in the third inning as Tyler Jackson reached on a ball through the wickets and advanced to third on a double by Gantt. Jackson scored on a single from Murray, and Gantt scored on a sacrifice bunt from Harding, pushing the lead to 4-0.

Appalachian State was able to get one run back in the bottom of the third as Crespo singled, advanced to second on a hit-by-pitch from Tyler Zupcic and rushed to third on a wild pitch. Crespo scored on a groundout from Callaway to pull the margin to 4-1.

The Mountaineers scored another run in the fifth inning as singles from Crespo and Callaway put runners on the corners with two out. Kassouf hit a chopper down the third base line that forced a high throw from Harding and the tag was ruled late, allowing Crespo to score from third, unearned.

ASU took its first lead of the game in the seventh inning with a three-run home run by Kassouf, followed by a two-run homer to right from Holmes, giving ASU a 7-4 advantage.

College of Charleston got one run back in the top of the eighth inning with Goodson doubling and Jackson picking up a single. However, Gantt grounded into a double play that scored Goodson but cleared the bases. Appalachian State got the run right back in the next half inning on a sacrifice fly from Callaway.

Dre Watts picked up a pinch-hit RBI in the ninth inning, but it was not enough as Appalachian State induced a groundout for the third out and an 8-6 win.

The SoCon foes will be back at it tomorrow for a 3 p.m. start. Matt Pegler is scheduled to pitch for the Cougars, while ASU will throw Seth Grant.

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