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App silences GSU bats in shutout

    Sam Agnew-Wieland tossed a complete game two-hit shutout to help the Appalachian State Mountaineers to a 2-0 victory and a Southern Conference series win over the visiting Georgia Southern Eagles.
    Both starting pitchers had good outings for their respective clubs, and the ball game was a 1-0 pitcher's duel headed into the seventh inning. Hits were hard to come by for both teams, and the two combined for just seven hits on the day. Will Callaway had the only multi-hit game for either side and finished with three hits.
    Appalachian State's (17-9, 8-5 SoCon) Agnew-Wieland (5-2) allowed two base runners, including a single to Chase Griffin, in the first inning and walked the lead off man in the second before retiring the next 14 batters. He set down the side in order in the final two innings to record his second complete game of the season.
    Georgia Southern's (19-11, 9-5 SoCon) Jason Richman was on the losing end despite a quality start. Richman (4-2) allowed two runs – one earned – over 6.2 innings and struck out six batters. The freshman lefthander allowed five hits and just two walks.
    The Eagles had an opportunity to score a run in the first inning after two batters reached base with one out. Agnew-Wieland struck out T.D. Davis, and Robbie Dodds grounded out to first base to end the inning.
    The Mountaineers had a one-out base runner in scoring position in the bottom half of the first. Richman recorded the second out with a ground ball but was unable to strand the runner at third base after Callaway singled to left field. Richman stranded a lead off walk in the second inning and retired six-straight batters before allowing a base hit in the fourth inning.
    The freshman lefthander retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings before working out of a jam in the sixth inning. Appalachian State had three different base runners reach in the inning but none scored. Dillion Dobson was retired on a fielder's choice for the second out, and Callaway was tagged out in a run down after a two-out single.
    Richman quickly retired the first two batters in the seventh inning but allowed a two-out walk to Preston Troutman. Troutman later scored on a fielding error by reliever Justin Hess.
    Dodds led off the top half of the seventh with a base hit up the middle and reached second base on a sacrifice bunt by Zac Lenns. However, Dodds was left stranded at third base after a ground out by Tyler Avera and a strike out of Stryker Brown.
    Baseball concludes the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.