Senior right-hander Jason Cornatzer had one of the best starts of his career on Sunday, leading App State to a 9-4 win over Louisiana to save the three-game series finale.
Cornatzer took the win, working a career-high 6.1 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, while striking out four. Cornatzer relied heavily on his infield, inducing 10 rushing strikeouts in a ball game where App State (15-26, 6-15) made no defensive errors.
Meanwhile, the offense put up 14 hits at home plate and some twisted numbers on the scoreboard. App State opened the scoring in the second inning. With one out, Dalton Williams worked a walk, and Austin St. Laurent followed with a single to right center. Two batters later, Jacob Whitley singled down the left side to score Williams. After Vasili Kaloudis walked to load the bases, Andrew Terrell followed with a walk to cross a second run. Luke Drumheller capped the score with a right RBI single, one of his four hits in the afternoon, to make it 3-0.
The Mountaineers added a run in each of the next two innings. Dylan Rogers opened the third with a double in the right corner of the field. After going third on a groundout, Rogers scored on an RBI single from St. Laurent, which also ended with a three-hit ball game.
App State loaded the bases again in the fourth inning and scored a run when RJ Johnson was hit by a pitch, scoring Andrew Greckel, who started the rally with a field single.
App State then retired with a four-run eighth inning, highlighted by a St. Laurent two-run single with the bases loaded. Whitley also threw a run with an RBI single two batters later.
After Cameron Kepley pitched an inning in relief, Cameron Carter recorded the final five outs, striking out two to earn his first save with the Mountaineers.
App State wraps up its five-game homestand on Tuesday by hosting ETSU for a midweek showdown. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Smith Stadium and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.