BIRMINGHAM, AL (WIAT) – Samford had an offensive explosion against App State on Saturday. They blasted the Mountaineers 19-2 to win the 2nd of a three game series in Boone, NC. Phillip Ervin led the way with 4 RBI for the Bulldogs. The series concludes on Sunday at noon eastern time.
Game recap below:
Courtesy Samford Sports Information Department
BOONE, N.C.—The Samford baseball team scored 19 runs on 21 hits on its way to a 19-2 win in the second game of a three-game Southern Conference series Saturday afternoon at Smith Stadium.
“Our guys showed today what they are capable of doing,” Samford head coach Casey Dunn said. “We just have to be able to repeat it and do it consistently.”
In the win, eight Samford players had multiple hits, and six Bulldogs had multiple RBI. The 17-run win is the largest ever for Samford in a SoCon game. Shortstop Danny Rodriguez, making his first collegiate start for the injured Austin Allison, went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
“What a great job Danny Rodriguez did,” Dunn said. “His great day wasn’t made today, it was made over the last couple of months with the way he’s gone about his work and the effort that he puts in on a daily basis. He’s been a great teammate and a great guy from a work-ethic standpoint to prepare himself. He went out there and took advantage of the opportunity today.”
Christiaan Durdaller went 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBI. The home run was his team-leading 11th of the season. Phillip Ervin went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI, while C.K. Irby went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Zeth Stone went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Brandon Haarer, Patrick McGavin and Richard Greene also had two hits each. Greene also drove in two runs in the win.
Irby (7-3) pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits to earn the win on the mound for Samford. Irby struck out five batters, while allowing just one walk. Charles Terry pitched the final 2.0 innings, giving up just two hits to close out the win.
For Appalachian State, Dillon Dobson and Josh Zumbrook each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Will Callaway also went 2-for-4 for the Mountaineers. Sam Agnew-Wieland (5-4) pitched 2.1 innings, giving up nine runs on eight hits to take the loss for ASU.
Samford jumped on top early with three runs in the top of the first inning. Stone singled to lead off the inning and then scored the game’s first run on a double by Ervin. Ervin then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 Samford lead. Irby and Durdaller then hit back-to-back singles. Irby was then thrown out at third base when McGavin reached base on a fielder’s choice. Durdaller then scored on an ASU error when Haarer reached base on a fielder’s choice for a 3-0 Samford lead.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the top of the second inning. With two outs, Stone and Ervin drew back-to-back walks. Irby then tripled to drive in Stone and Ervin for a 5-0 Samford lead.
Appalachian State plated one run in the bottom of the second inning to cut the Samford lead to 5-1. Dobson singled up the middle to lead off the inning. After moving to second base on a ground out, Dobson scored on a single by Zumbrook.
Samford plated five runs in the top of the third inning to push its lead to 10-1. McGavin singled, Tommy Corbin reached base on an error and Greene walked to load the bases with one out. Rodriguez then singled to drive in McGavin and Corbin for the first two runs in the inning. Stone then hit a three-run home run to right field for a nine-run Samford lead.
Appalachian State added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the score 10-2. Dobson singled to drive in Callaway for ASU’s second run of the contest.
Samford plated another five runs in the top of the seventh inning to increase its lead to 15-2. Ervin doubled to drive in Corbin, Rodriguez and Stone for the first three runs of the inning. Irby and Durdaller also drove in a run each in the inning for Samford.
The Bulldogs added four final runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final score 19-2. Durdaller hit a two-run home run, and Greene hit a two-run double to give Samford a 17-run lead.
With the win, Samford improves to 23-21 overall and 9-11 in Southern Conference play. Appalachian State drops to 23-14 overall and 11-11 in league play.
Samford and Appalachian State will conclude their series with a game Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT). The game can be heard locally on WVSU-FM 91.1, or worldwide on the internet at www.samford.edu/wvsu. Live stats will also be available through links on the baseball schedule page at www.samfordsports.com.