May 29, 2010
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CBI Live: SoCon Game
12: #1 The Citadel 6, #4 Elon 5 (10)
CBI Live: SoCon Game
13: #6 WCU 7, #7 ASU 6
ASU rallies for run in
ninth to nip WCU 3-2
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The honor of the pickaxe went to
The senior came off the bench to deliver a
pinch-hit double to score fellow senior Jack Myers from second
in the bottom of the ninth as seventh-seeded Appalachian State
edged sixth-seeded Western Carolina 3-2 on Day 4 of the Southern
Conference Tournament at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The two teams will meet again this afternoon at 5
p.m. for a spot in Sunday’s championship game.
“It was a really well-played ballgame on both
sides,” said ASU head coach Chris Pollard. “I thought both team
competed really good. We had a lot of step-up performances and
Chris Trappy coming off the bench with that hit was huge.”
Myers started the rally by laying down a perfect
bunt on the third-base line on the first pitch.
“I had tried previously to lay a bunt down,”
Myers said, “but Coach (Matt) Boykin and Coach (Josh) Jordan
pulled me aside and tweaked it a little bit. I knew going into
my last at-bat I felt confident I could get it down and set up
for the guys behind me because I trusted the guys behind me.”
Chris Alessandria then sacrificed Myers to
second. Trappy then sent an 0-1 pitch to the gap in left center
to drive in Myers with the game-winner.
“I was just looking for a good pitch to hit,”
Trappy said. “He started me off with a slider, and I didn’t look
too great on that swing, so I was sitting on it again. I figured
if I took a swing that bad, he’s going to come right back with
it, and I got the pitch I wanted. I hit it on the barrel and the
winning run came in.”
Along with his equipment back, Trappy carried a
black-and-gold pickaxe into the interview room following the
game. He said it is for outstanding plays made by the
The Catamounts (36-20-1) got a pair in the top of
the second. Ollie Goulder was hit by a pitch with one out.
Following a strikeout, Tyler White had a base hit to advance
Goulder to third. Dylan de Graaf reached on an error, with
Goulder scoring on the play. Austin Schultz had a base hit up
the middle to plate White with the second run.
The Mountaineers (38-17-1) answered with one in
the third on no hits. Hector Crespo was hit by a pitch with two
outs, was balked to second, moved to third with Jerod Faggart
was plunked and scored on a wild pitch to make it a one-run
ASU tied the game in the
fifth. Crespo had a leadoff double, moved to third on an infield
hit by Wes Hobson and scored on the errant throw to first.
Myers and Hobson both had two hits for the
Mountaineers. White had three of the six hits for the
“We just didn’t hit, that’s the bottom line,”
said WCU head coach Bobby Moranda. “We did not swing the bats
well at all today. I have to give their pitcher a lot of credit.
He threw really well. I thought our approach was off as a whole.
If you don’t hit, you give the home team a chance to hang around
you have a chance for a walk-off like that. We have to regroup
and come back tonight, make some adjustments and swing the bats
Mountaineer freshman starter Nathan Hyatt went
seven innings with five hits, two unearned runs, two walks and
nine strikeouts. Taylor Miller pitched a scoreless eighth with a
strikeout and Chris Patterson (4-3) worked the ninth to record
‘I thought both teams’ starting pitchers really
stepped up,” Pollard said. “You had two freshmen on the mound in
a really big spot going toe-to-toe. Both pitched well, but my
hat’s off to Nate Hyatt, our freshman, who threw the ball great
and competed really well. He worked around some of our mistakes
behind him in the second, then settled in a pitched a heck of a
ballgame. Our bullpen came in and did exactly what they wanted
to do and what they’re supposed to do and did it efficiently
without having to throw a lot of pitches.”
Freshman Taylor Sandefur gave the Catamounts 7.1
innings as the starter with six hits, two runs, two walks and
one strikeout. Jason Sullivan (4-3) allowed two hits and one run
in one inning to absorb the loss.
“I thought our starting pitcher, Sandefur, was
outstanding,” Moranda said. “He gives us that and we’re going to
win a lot of baseball games. He’s only a freshman. He’s been
really maturing for us the last month and he’s going to be a
great pitcher in this league.”
Both teams were going back to their hotels to eat
and rest before returning for the 5 p.m. encounter.
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)