Written by Aikman Rooms
Luke Drumheller crushed a fifth-inning Grand Slam, highlighting a season-high 21 hits in the ballgame, as App State beat High Point, 17-9, Tuesday at Smith Stadium.
App State (11-19, 3-9) trailed 3-0 in the first inning, when the Panthers chained three straight hits.
Mountaineer’s offense responded in a big way in the second set. App State sent ten men to the plate in the frame, scoring six runs, highlighted by RBI singles from Alex Aguila, Andrew Terrelland Dylan Rogers.
Then leading 8-4 in the fifth inning, the top five mountaineers hit base in the frame, with a loaded base hit by pitching and walking pushing on a pair. Drumheller then hit a 383-foot grand slam over the fence to right field, for his second homer of the year, pushing the lead to 14-4.
High Point (11-22, 6-6) held off late, scoring four runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run homer from Josh Deslauries to cut the Mountaineer advantage to 14-8. App State responded immediately with two runs in the bottom half of the frame on an RBI single from Andre Greckel and an RBI double of Dalton Williams.
The Mountaineers delivered a final blow late in the eighth inning when Braxton Church connected on his first collegiate home run, a solo shot on the right-hand scoreboard, to make it 17-9.