GREENVILLE, S.C. — A one-hit shutout in which Appalachian State freshman Luke Drumheller tied an NCAA single-game record with five doubles started a doubleheader sweep of Furman and Michigan State on Sunday.
Playing in the First Pitch Invitational at Fluor Field, the Mountaineers won 14-0 against the Paladins on Sunday morning and 9-6 against the Spartans on Sunday afternoon. App State (6-8) led 7-6 before Riley Smith hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of the finale, and Kaleb Bowman pitched four innings of scoreless relief to set up a save opportunity for Andrew Papp.
Tyler Tuthill allowed one hit in five innings against Furman before four relievers allowed no hits over the last four innings, and Drumheller’s 5-for-6 effort with four RBIs and three runs scored against the Paladins allowed him to become the seventh Division I player with five doubles in a game.
Drumheller’s school and Sun Belt Conference record was last accomplished at the Division I level by Western Carolina’s Aaron Attaway in 2012. The other players on the list are Baylor’s Jeremy Dodson (1998), Iona’s Dean DeGaetano (1992), Villanova’s Mike Wismer (1989), Louisville’s Bill Gray (1986) and Maine’s Tom Vanidestine (1981).
Furman’s only hit was a two-out, first-inning single off Tuthill, who then retired 10 straight batters and took the mound in the fifth inning with a 6-0 lead thanks to App State’s six-run bottom of the fourth. Tuthill finished with six strikeouts, and the quartet of Austin Primm, Evan Mauldin, Bobby Hampton and Will Herman combined for eight strikeouts to increase the pitching staff’s total to 14 in the win. Primm and Herman both had three-strikeout innings.
After being retired in the first inning, Drumheller extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a third-inning double and pushed App State ahead 5-0 with a three-run double in the fourth. He also doubled in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings.
App State’s six-run fourth included Tyler Leek’s RBI double, Luke Allison’s run-scoring bunt, Drumheller’s three-run double and Bailey Welch’s RBI single. The lead grew to 8-0 an inning later on Drumheller’s RBI double and Kendall McGowan’s RBI single. A five-run sixth featured a bases-loaded walk to Hayden Cross, Allison’s sacrifice fly, Alex Leshock’s sacrifice fly and McGowan’s two-run single.
In addition to Drumheller’s five-hit effort, Welch went 3-for-4 and McGowan was 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Cross scored three times.
App State fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning against Michigan State but took the lead for good with a five-run second that included an RBI double from Leek, a two-run single from Allison, a throwing error that allowed Allison to score from third on Leshock’s steal of second and Drumheller’s RBI single.
In extending his hitting streak to 12 games, Drumheller went 2-for-5 to give him a 7-for-11 doubleheader, and Allison finished the Sunday finale with four RBIs in a 2-for-5 effort. Smith and Williams also recorded two hits apiece.
Leading 5-4 going into the fifth inning, Allison delivered a two-run single. Bowman replaced App State starter Cameron Kepley following a two-run homer for Michigan State in the bottom of the fifth and picked up the win by finishing with four strikeouts and two hits allowed in his four innings of relief.
Papp earned his second save of the season with a hitless ninth that included a double play following a wild pitch on a strikeout.
The Mountaineers return to action Tuesday at Wake Forest.
App State Baseball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan of Boone for serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2019 season.