BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State (31-24, 15-14) rallied to score five runs in the eighth inning to come from behind to take the final regular-season series from Georgia Southern (31-23, 17-12) with a 8-6 win on Friday. The Eagles had opportunities against ASU starter Austin Hyatt to pad on a few more runs in the first half of the game, but stranded 14 baserunners. GSU closes the regular season tomorrow with a 1 p.m. game at the Mountaineers' Smith Stadium.
Georgia Southern opened with single runs in the first three innings and led 3-2 after taking a 2-0 lead early. Appalachian State scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out double from Preston Troutman to tie the game at 2-2. The Eagles would lead by as many as three, 6-3, after the sixth inning, but a five-run eighth inning for Appalachian State and a perfect ninth from ASU closer, Talyor Miller, put the Mountaineers on top 8-6.
Andy Moye tallied another solid outing, eating up seven innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits. Moye struck out four batters and allowed two walks in the seventh inning, but picked off one and stranded the other.
Colin Snow started the ighth inning but was unable to get an out after two hits and two walks plated a run to bring the Mountaineers within two runs, 6-4. Justin Hess came on in relief in a tough spot with the bases loaded. Appalachian State's Will Callaway singled on his first pitch to drive in two more runs to tie the game at 6-6. A ground ball to Pugh cut down a run at the plate for the first out of the inning, but a wild pitch and a throwing error drove in two more runs.
The Eagles scored an unearned run in the first inning on a two-out hit from Steve Cochrane and added a run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Shawn Payne to put GSU up 2-0. Eric Phillips was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning and broke the 2-2 tie, scoring on a fielding error later in the inning for the 3-2 Eagle lead.
Georgia Southern ended Nathan Hyatt's night with a three-run sixth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Two singles followed a fielder's choice and a leadoff walk to start the scoring. RBI singles from Victor Roache and Tom Richardson drove in the first two runs before a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brent Pugh scored for the final run in the inning.
Hyatt went five and a third innings, but allowed five earned runs on eight hits. He walked four Eagles and struck out three more. Tyler Moore threw a solid 2.1 innings, striking out two batters and walking two while giving up one hit. Moore did not allow a run and set up the comeback
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