App State stalls against No. 20 Texas State, loses series 0-3 – The Appalachian


Hiatt Ellis

Redshirt senior Cameron Kepley throws a pitch against No. 20 Texas State on April 2, 2022.

App State baseball hosted the nation’s No. 20 team, Texas State University, in Boone for a three-game series over the weekend. The Mountaineers couldn’t defeat the Bobcats and were swept in the series.

While the Mountaineers were winless, they kept the game close until Friday’s close. Going into the ninth inning, the game was tied 4-4, but a three-run final inning by the Bobcats proved too much to overcome with the final score at 7-4.

Redshirt freshman infielder Austin St. Laurent had a career day for App State. He doubled, homered and drove three for runs. Sophomore outfielder Dylan Rogers and junior utility Andrew Terrell landed doubles to help with the surprise bid.

On the pitcher’s mound, junior pitcher Tyler Tuthill caged the Bobcats offense with his six strikeouts in his six innings. Sophomore pitcher Cameron Carter threw four strikeouts in the two innings he played.

Saturday’s game proved more decisive as Texas State never trailed in their 6-2 victory. But there were two positives in this loss. Junior outfielder Phillip Cole recorded his second homer of the season. Then, St. Laurent continued their solid performance Friday, stringing together two hits.

Junior receiver Hayden Cross takes off after connecting with the ball in App State’s 7-4 loss to 20th Texas State on April 1, 2022. (Travis Holshouser)

On Sunday, App State kept the final game closed early. After six innings, the Mountaineers were down 2-1, but Texas State pulled out and won 7-2.

The defense was fueled by sophomore pitcher Trey Tujetsch, who threw six strikeouts in six innings. Tujetch converted a double fly ball play in the second set and a double ground ball play to slow down the nationally ranked Bobcat offense.

On offense, App State’s first run came in the second inning when junior infielder Luke Drumheller’s run cleared the way for junior receiver Hayden Cross to score. Then in the ninth inning, St. Laurent continued to impress on the scoreboard when he reached home plate after an RBI by Cole.

The Mountaineers fell to 10-16 and 3-6 in the Sun Belt after that series. They will face South Alabama University at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mobile, Alabama, beginning a three-game series.

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