UNCG drops heartbreaker in wild game against Appalachian State, 8-7
BOONE, N.C. – UNCG's Cambric Moye and TJ Spina connected on their second home runs of the season on no-doubt blasts and Kris Richards missed one by inches, but the Spartans were unable to overcome a five-run fifth inning by Appalachian State as the Mountaineers defeated UNCG, 8-7, in a wildly entertaining game one in Southern Conference action at Smith Stadium.
Appalachian State (33-10, 17-5 SoCon) scored five runs in the fifth inning and a single run in the sixth as its starter, Ryan Arrowood (9-0), tied a Mountaineer record as he recorded his 26th career win.
UNCG (21-22, 6-16 SoCon) dropped its fourth consecutive decision and its ninth out of the last 12 as starter Max Povse was touched up for six runs (all earned) but saw the bottom third of the order produce four of the team's 10 hits.
The Spartans looked to draw first blood as Bobby Martin led the game off with a triple to right center. However, Arrowood got back-to-back strikeouts and a fly out to end the threat.
The Mountaineers cracked the scoreboard first as they plated two runs in the bottom half of the third inning. Noah Holmes, who led the inning off with a walk, tapped home plate after Povse uncorked a wild pitch for the game's first run. Two batters later, Will Callaway gathered an RBI via fielder's choice to make it a 2-0 game.
Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth, Moye crushed the second pitch he saw from Arrowood to make it a 2-1 game in the Mountaineers' favor.
Appalachian State responded with a bang in the bottom half of the frame as it plated five runs to make it a 7-1 game. Callaway earned an RBI after he walked on five pitches to chase Povse. UNCG reliever Brennen James issued a five-pitch walk of his own; this time Daniel Kassouf was the benefactor. With the bases loaded, Tyler Tewell hit into a double play, but the Mountaineers still plated a run. Jeremy Dowdy and Trey Holmes hit back-to-back RBI singles to extend it to a six-run game, 7-1.
The Spartans would not go down without a fight as they scored two runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings. In the sixth, Lloyd Enzor hit his first triple of the year to plate Thomas Troelstrup. Richards followed up with an RBI double of his own to make it a 7-3 game.
After Tyler Zupcic hit an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to make it an 8-3 game, UNCG turned on the pressure and silenced the Mountaineer bats over the last two innings. In the eighth inning, Enzor reached on an error and two batters, later Spina hit a mammoth bomb to left field to make it an 8-5 game.
Trailing by three going into the ninth, UNCG provided what turned out to be a wild ending. Martin started things off as he hustled out an infield single. Nick Chapman duplicated Martin as he reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error that allowed Martin to score. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Enzor continued to pester the Mountaineers as he hit an RBI double to left to make it an 8-7 game. The next batter, Richards, dug in and launched a ball to right that hooked foul by inches at the last moment. However, Appalachian State closer Nathan Hyatt retired Richards two pitches later to secure the victory for the Mountaineers.
Povse (2-4) took the loss as he was tagged for six runs in four innings of work on 75 pitches. Zach Furl and Jonathan Jones kept Appalachian State at bay as they went 2 1/3 innings of no-hit shutout ball.
Arrowood claimed the victory as he labored through six innings and scattered six hits while allowing three runs (two earned) on 108 pitches.
Hyatt picked up his 11th save on the season despite allowing three hits and two runs, but he did strikeout three batters in the ninth.
Troelstrup saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end as he went 0-for-3 on the evening. Zach Leach, Enzor and Martin enjoyed multi-hit games as all three collected two hits each.
Hector Crespo, Zupcic, and Trey Holmes paced the Mountaineer offense as each collected two hits.
UNCG will look to snap the skid when it squares off in game two with Appalachian State at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.
Appalachian State 8, UNCG 7 (May 04, 2012 at Boone, N.C.)
UNCG................ 000 012 022 - 7 10 1 (21-22, 6-16)
Appalachian State... 002 051 00X - 8 8 3 (33-10, 17-5)
Pitchers: UNCG - Max Povse; Brennen James(5); Zach Furl(6); Jonathan Jones(7) and Cambric Moye.
Appalachian State - Ryan Arrowood; Ryne Frankoff(7); David Port(8); Nathan Hyatt(9) and
Win-Ryan Arrowood(9-0) Save-Nathan Hyatt(11) Loss-Max Povse(2-4) T-2:52 A-712
HR UNCG - TJ Spina; Cambric Moye.
Weather: 73 degrees, breezy and sunny
Povse faced 4 batters in the 5th.
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