Appalachian St. Takes Game 2 with Solo Home Run

LSU's Ryan Eades
LSU's Ryan Eades
Steve Franz
Seth Medvin
Seth Medvin

BATON ROUGE -- Appalachian State (3-2) put the only run on the board on a fourth-inning solo homer Saturday and defeated No. 7 LSU (5-1), 1-0, during the second game of the three game series.

The Tigers took the first game 4-0 last night, and will look to win the series tomorrow. Sophomore right-hander Kurt McCune takes the hill for LSU in a 11 a.m. start at Alex Box Stadium.

Appalachian State's Ryan Arrowood (1-0) frustrated the LSU offense and retired 20 of 21 batters during one stretch of the game. The righty went seven innings, struck out 10 and allowed two hits.

Reliever Nathan Hyatt pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning for the save, his second of the season.

LSU's starter Ryan Eades (1-1) took the loss for the Tigers despite an impressive performance of his own. The sophomore went 6.1 innings, allowed four hits, one earned run and punched out five.

Relievers Chris Cotton and Nick Goody combined to pitch the end of the seventh, the eighth and ninth innings and allowed one and struck out four.

"It's a particularly frustrating loss, because I thought we pitched very well today," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "But, you've got to score runs, you can't keep putting goose eggs on the board. Their starter really confused our hitters - all three of his pitches were working and he was able to throw his breaking pitches for strikes in any count."

Tyler Hanover led LSU with two singles and a walk. Casey Yocom had the other hit for the Tigers.

The Tigers threatened early in the bottom of the first. Hanover drew a lea off walk and moved to second on Yocom's single in front of the right fielder. Raph Rhymes grounded into a double play, which moved Hanover to third. Mason Katz struck out to strand Hanover at third.

After Katz's strike out, Arrowood recorded five strikeouts in a row to contain the LSU offense through the first three innings.

Appalachian State put the only run on the board in the top of the fifth. After Eades set down the first two batters, designated hitter Daniel Kassouf hit a first pitch two-out home run into the left field bleachers.

Tyler Tewell stepped in and hit a single and moved to third on Jeremy Dowdy's hit up the middle. Eades settled down and forced Trey Holmes to pop up at first to end the threat.

Appalachian State threatened to increase the lead in the top of the seventh. Tewell drew a lead off walk against Eades. Dowdy popped out to right field and Cotton replaced Eades.

Tewell advanced to second on a balk. Trey Holmes's drive to center was fielded by Chris Sciambra and Tewell moved to third. Cotton struck out Noah Holmes swinging to end the threat.

The Mountaineers put a runner on third in the top of the eighth. Crespo placed a perfect drag bunt and advanced to second and then third on back-to-back  stolen bases. Goody forced a ground out to end the threat and keep the Tigers within one run.

Arrowood left the game prior to the eighth inning and gave way to closer Nathan Hyatt. He proceeded to strike out Jackson Slaid and Ty Ross, and forced Jared Foster to ground out to first.

LSU put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth. Hanover hit a one-out single under the second baseman's glove and Arby Fields entered the game as a pinch runner.

Yocom hit a hard grounder to third and Fields was thrown out at second. JaCoby Jones pinch ran for Yocom and reached second on a wild pitch, but Hyatt struck out Rhymes to end the game.

"We've got to put this behind us and move forward, because we've got an early start tomorrow," Mainieri said. "That's the nature of baseball; there's always the next day and the opportunity to play well and improve. We'll  come back ready tomorrow to try to win this series."

Appalachian State 1, LSU 0 (Feb 25, 2012 at Baton Rouge, La.)
Appalachian State... 000 100 000  -  1  5  0      (3-2)
LSU......................... 000 000 000  -  0  3  0      (5-1)
Pitchers: Appalachian State - Ryan Arrowood; Nathan Hyatt(8) and Jeremy Dowdy.
LSU - Ryan Eades; Chris Cotton(7); Nick Goody(8) and Ty Ross.
Win-Ryan Arrowood(1-0)  Save-Nathan Hyatt(2)  Loss-Ryan Eades(1-1)  T-2:08  A-10611
HR ASU - Daniel Kassouf (2).
Actual Attendance: 5,601




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