May 28, 2010
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CBI Live: SoCon Game
10: #4 Elon 7, #5 Samford 4
Balanced attack boosts
Mountaineers past Cougars
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – It was a balancing act for
Mountaineers scored in six of their first seven at-bats and had
each starter with at least one run as seventh-seeded ASU
defeated second-seeded College of Charleston 10-6 in an
elimination game on Day 3 of the Southern Conference Tournament
at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Mountaineers (37-17-1) meet sixth-seeded
Western Carolina at 9 a.m. on Saturday and must defeat the
Catamounts twice to reach Sunday’s Championship Game.
The Cougars (42-17) will now wait to hear their
name called on Monday when the NCAA Tournament field is
ASU scored single runs in
the first and fifth and pairs in the second, third, fourth and
“We were very opportunistic throughout the
ballgame,” said ASU head coach Chris Pollard said, “which was
great. To get two really good at-bats out of our nine-hole and
have great balance up and down the lineup, that’s something that
we’ve really lacked this year, and hopefully that’s a sparkplug
for us to continue to have that type of balance for the rest of
Hector Crespo singled and scored on a groundout
by David Towarnicky in the first for ASU. Tyler Zupcic tripled
and scored in the second and Crespo added a sacrifice fly later
in the frame as the Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead.
The Cougars hit for the cycle in the bottom of
the second. Greg Blake led off with his 15th homer. Jose
Rodriguez doubled and Dre Watts singled before Joey Bergman’s
triple to right center off the glove of the diving centerfielder
brought home Rodriguez and Watts to tie the game at 3.
ASU answered quickly with a
pair in the top of the third before a two-run bomb by Rodriguez
sparked a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame as the
Cougars took a 6-5 advantage.
The Mountaineers kept the bats going with two in
the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh for a 10-6
CofC threatened in both the
seventh and eighth, but a pair of 6-4-3 double plays doused the
Towarnicky went 1 for 4
with two RBI. Wes Hobson and Tyler Zupcic both had three hits
and one RBI.for ASU.
Ryan Arrowood (8-4) got the win, giving up six
runs in the first three innings but putting up zeroes after
that. He allowed 11 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out
five. Will Helms worked 1.1 innings and Taylor Miller pitched
the final 1.2 innings to record his first save.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” Pollard said. “We
had a lot of seniors step up and play really big today. The
outing we got from Ryan Arrowood was huge. Our club played well,
and the biggest thing is that I felt that we competed really
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)