Appalachian State Evens Series with Cajuns, 6-1
Freshman Breydan Gorham scattered six hits over seven innings as Appalachian State pulled even in the weekend series with Louisiana, beating the Cajuns 6-1 before 4,457 fans, the fourth largest crowd of the season, Saturday night at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
Gorham (3-4) was superb through seven innings, retiring the leadoff man in all seven innings. He left after walking Nick Thurman leading off the eighth and giving up a single to Brad Antchak. Thurman eventually scored on a Brian Mills grounder later in the inning for the only Cajuns' run.
"He was really good," Cajuns' head coach said of Gorham. "He didn't give us anything. We just couldn't get anything going against him. He threw strikes and mixed his pitches."
Gorham threw 105 pitches before giving way to Reed Howell, who retired all six men he faced.
The Mountaineers (15-32, 9-17 Sun Belt) got on the board against Cajuns' starter Wyatt Marks (3-6) in the first inning on a one out double by Matt Vernon, who went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Brian Bauk grounder. App State added a run in the fifth on a leadoff single by Colin Schmid, a sacrifice and a double by Jason Curtis.
That was all the Mountaineers would get off Marks, who worked the first six innings, giving up just four hits. He did not walk a man and struck out six.
"Wyatt gave us a chance," Robichaux said. "He got ahead of hitters and had his pitches working. But we vicitimized him again by not getting him any runs."
Appalachian State put the game away in the seventh with four runs off reliever Jevin Huval. The big blow was a two out two run triple by Vernon, who later scored on a passed ball to complete the scoring.
Vernon led the Mountaineers with two hits for the second straight game with two runs scored and two RBI. Chandler Seagle also had two hits for App State. Alex Pinero was the only Cajun with two hits in the game, which saw Kyle Clement's eleven game hit streak come to an end.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 12:05pm because of the Mountaineers' travel plans. Pre-game show will begin at 11:35am on 96.5 KPEL-FM.