BOONE, N.C. – UNCG could not make an early lead stand Saturday as Appalachian State claimed the Southern Conference series with a 15-4 victory at Smith Stadium. The contest was played through a steady sometimes driving rainfall and chilly temperatures in the North Carolina high country.
Junior Max Povse (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) fell to 4-2 on the season, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Tyler Moore threw a complete game for the Mountaineers and gave up four runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Senior Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) was one of three Spartans to tally two hits in the game as he also scored a pair of runs. Juniors Eric Kalbfleisch (Pilot Mountain, N.C./North Stokes) and Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) also rapped out a pair of base knocks while classmate Hunter King (Mason City, Iowa/Northern Iowa Area CC) drove in two runs.
Appalachian State (8-16, 3-2 SoCon) out-hit UNCG (13-13, 2-3 SoCon) 14-9 and took advantage of four Spartan errors.
The teams traded runs in the first two innings before the Blue and Gold plated two in the top of the third to seize an early 3-1 advantage. King hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the first before recording a RBI single in the third.
Some nasty luck plagued UNCG in the bottom of the third. With two outs and runners at the corners, the Spartan outfield could not come up with a fly ball in deep right centerfield in the slick conditions and the tough error allowed two runs to score. ASU added another unearned run to lead 4-3 after three complete.
After the Blue and Gold scored a run in the top of the sixth to cut its deficit to 5-4, the Mountaineers answered with five in the bottom of the frame to pull away.
Weather permitting, the teams will complete the series Sunday at 1 p.m. The Boone area is currently under a winter weather advisory with accumulating snow expected overnight into the morning.