ASU Baseball Takes Loss Agiainst Georgia Southern
Appalachian State University baseball nearly battled all the way back from a late five-run deficit but a bit of bad luck in the first inning proved to be the difference in the Mountaineers' 7-6 loss at Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon at J.I. Clements Stadium. With the setback, No. 27 Appalachian dropped the three-game Southern Conference series at Georgia Southern two games to one. The series loss dropped ASU into a four-way tie for first-place in the SoCon standings with College of Charleston, Elon and Western Carolina. The Mountaineers trailed 7-2 going into the eighth inning but fell inches short of climbing all the way out of the five-run hole. Daniel Kassouf started the rally with a three-run home run in the top of the eighth that cut the deficit to 7-5. It looked like Appalachian would go down quietly in the ninth when GSU closer Kyle Rowe easily retired the first two batters of the frame. However the Apps were not done yet and attempted to rally their way back into the game. Despite the late rally, for all intents and purposes, Sunday's contest was decided in the bottom of the first inning. After a 1-3 road trip, Appalachian looks to rebound when it returns to Smith Stadium for a six-game home stand. The stint begins with the opener of a two-game mid-week series versus Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Smith Stadium.