App State blew a season-high three home runs on Sunday afternoon and managed to make a great first inning, beating Georgia State, 10-7, in the series finale at GSU Baseball Complex.
The Mountaineers (16-28, 7-17) scored four runs in the top of the first inning to take the lead and never trailed thereafter. Andrew Terrell and Luke Drumheller opened the game with back-to-back singles, and two batters later Hayden Cross put App State on the board with his 14th double of the season, tackling Terrell from second base. Austin St. Laurent followed with a three-run homer to right field, his third homer of the year, to make it 4-0.
App State continued to add each of the next two innings. In the second, Terrell hit a pitching error to open the frame, and two batters later, Andrew Greckel homered a two-run right to make it a 6-2 ball game. The home run was Greckel’s fourth of the season and second in as many games.
In the third inning, Terrell, who scored four runs in the ball game, walked two out, and Drumheller capitalized with a two-run homer to right field to make it 8-2 Mountaineers .
Georgia State (27-22, 12-12) rallied mid-set to make it 8-7. That’s when the Mountaineers bullpen stiffened. Austin Primm came in in the sixth and struck out a career-high five batters in two innings of work, giving up just one run. Cameron Kepley followed with two scoreless innings to earn his first save of the season, adding four strikeouts. The Mountaineers as a whole finished the game with 14 strikeouts, as Jason Cornatzer recorded five punches in five innings of work for the win.
App State hit a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning. Dalton Williams started with a brace down the center right, and after advancing to third on a groundout, scored on a sacrifice ball from Alex Aguila. Terrell continued the rally with a left single and reached third base after a pair of steals. Drumheller capped the rally with an RBI single down the right side to score Terrell and make it 10-7.
The Mountaineers return to action Friday, when they travel to Arlington, Texas for a three-game series against the Mavericks.