Another sweep, this one historic (Update: No. 29!)

Here comes the ....

Rollin‘.

The Citadel scored three runs in the ninth inning, but Appalachian State threw out the tying run at the plate to hold on for a 7-6 victory and a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs in college baseball.

Dude. How big a deal is this? First three-game sweep of El Cid .. evah!

Also first 6-0 SoCon start in … /dramatic pause34 years!

Next up, at High Point Tuesday. Then a biggie – three-game series at third-place Elon, which is 12-8, 6-3.

MORE. Historic.

IN YOUR FACE TEXAS STATE!

79 comments to Another sweep, this one historic (Update: No. 29!)

  • SpeedkingATL

    App train keeps a rollin'…….

  • Monster Appfan

    Go Apps…very exciting! I have really enjoyed taking the family to the games.

  • AppMan

    I don't recall that ASU baseball has ever won 17 of their first 20 games. It is a historic year.

  • AppfanJared

    I can't explain how great it feels to have a sport other than football be relevant. I do love football, and it may be my favorite sport, but the Apps haven't been recognized for anything outside of football in a long, long time. This is a great start to the season. Let's hope it lasts out. Good luck!

  • ASU in the QC

    Looks like the boys are getting some USA Today love…received 28 votes. Keep up these 3 game sweeps and who knows…could crack the top 25.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/baseball/s

  • mockenburd

    Great weekend for App State…wrestling, women's BB, and of course, the men's baseball team. Fun watching the baseball highlights on goasu. The throw from the outfield to win the game was wild!!! Go Apps!

  • tim

    Keep it rollin' Diamond Apps! Next up is High Point and then Leon.

  • appdreamin

    #29? Leave it to numbers-obsessed baseball to have a top 30 poll! But good that we're in at least one top something listing.

    LSU is back up to #8 and we accounted for half their four losses. SoCar is still #6 even after dropping a couple since we played them, at least one to undefeated Kentucky. From a hurried scan, I think there are only four teams in the listing above with a record better than 17-3. I realize many teams play better competition than most of our opponents, but still–are the schedules of all these schools so much better than ours as to value our record at only #29?

  • yosef82

    What a great weekend. The baseball team, WBB and now wrestling all logging in impressive performances. It makes an old alumnus feel very proud.

    This group of mountaineers have no fear……I like that. These kids are quickly carving themselves out a very respectful place in college athletics.

    Give EM Hell!

  • A little bit of love from Baseball America, too. Not in the Top 25 but here is their response to a question about ASU and our chances at winning the SoCon or getting an at-large:

    Aaron Fitt: I think Appalachian State is a very legitimate contender for the SoCon title — that weekend rotation is pretty legit. I think that series this weekend at Elon will tell us a lot about the state of the SoCon; hopefully there will be a Baseball America contingent in Elon for that one.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/top-
    (Last question at the bottom)

    If they plan on sending some guys to watch the series, could be very likely we sneak in the rankings with a good showing. The rankings may not mean a whole lot but any recognition is always a positive, especially if we end up having to sweat it out and hope for an at-large.

  • Yosef77

    One thing I don't understand in the polls is how Texas can be #25 with a 10-8 record. I guess these pollsters are smarter then me because it looks to me that they are just barely over 500 and there are at least 100 teams with better records then that. I understand weighing in your schedule but "Comeon Man"

  • AppMan

    One major reason is Strength of Schedule. Texas 20, ASU 127

  • Jamey

    To see the baseball team getting national recognition and the wrestling team have 2 All-Americans makes me immensely proud to the a Mountaineer. A 100% agree with Jared, it is great to see some of our student athletes from other sports get some attention. These teams are proving that ASU is more than just a football school. Keep up the EXCELLENT work and good luck to all of our student athletes. I wish I could make it up for the series this weekend, but we welcomed a brand new (future Mountaineer) this week and I have to look after the little mane.

  • Gwaltineer

    It will probably be tough to keep the ranking with the big out of conference games behind us, but this is huge for the program and for positioning the team for a possible at large birth in the tournament.

    Early season games in Boiling Springs and good weather are two nice changes from years ago.

  • chAmPPs

    What's all the talk about at large? This team's goal should clearly be to win the conference out right. Going away.

  • StorminASU

    Why does Yosef82 have Lil' Moore as his avatar?

  • Appthunder90

    Perhapsbit is a self-portrait stormin.

    (couldn't resist)

  • Gwaltineer

    Of course that is the goal. But the SoCon has gotten at large bids before. It's baseball. Bad teams get hot.

  • WacoKid

    Gwaltineer- With the SoCon being ranked as high as it is we will be able to maintain our ranking as long as we keep winning. CofC, WCU, and Elon are all highly rated teams so our SOS will most likely improve as the season goes. We need LSU to keep winning as well. Two years ago the SoCon was the #9 league in RPI and it had 3 teams in the tourney. As of now it is ranked #8. The auto bid is the goal, but it's nice to have a backup if needed.

  • Does anyone else think we're a little under ratted? Sure the SoCon is no SEC/ACC, but half our schedule so far has been against ACC and SEC opponents, two of which we beat and one in which we had a very strong showing. Strength of schedule isn't necessarily all conference opponents, especially at the very beginning of a season.

    It is strange that our conference is perceived as weaker than most of these others in the top 30, yet we don't get a rank until we play our first SoCon game rather than after the LSU or USC game. Maybe it's just the 17-3 record. Hard to deny those kind of numbers.

  • Like all polls, it is all about perception. The Citadel is way down this year but they are traditionally a very strong baseball program. We were already on the radar, then a strong showing at South Carolina and a sweep of El Cid probably opened the eyes of some voters.

    With High Point, Elon and College of Charleston coming up over the next two weeks, our SOS will improve and we'll really be tested. If we can stay hot through this next stretch of games, we will likely crack the Top 25 in all of the major polls, and deservedly so.

  • Fleetwood App

    Way to go Apps and congrats Jamey!

  • Zen

    Cool stats page here.

    http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2012/stats

    Nolan has App at #12 in his version of the RPI. I don't know how his formula differs from the "official" RPI that has App at #22.

    http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2012/npi

  • randy

    Anyone else having trouble getting live stats for the High Point game? GoASU doesn't show stats for the game and High Point live stats show the final from their last game.

  • mtnjax

    Game doesn't start until 7:00 pm. I wondered the same thing about the stats, until i checked gametime

  • randy

    Ahh thanks. I thought it started at 6pm. High Point must be in a different time zone.

  • Was scheduled to start at 6:00. Weather delay (lightning) pushed it back an hour.

  • Zen

    Game postponed due to storm. No make-up date announced.

  • 49ers

    Charlotte has an invite to the Sunbelt

  • 49ers

    Charlotte has herpes!

  • According to the SBC board, UNCC received an informal invite. But most of the talk revolves around how bringing in Cee could get App State to the conference.

    On one hand, I hate the idea of being in a league with a start-up team, but this could give us the regional rival answer we've been looking for. I don't see us losing any games to them for a decade though. It would be a similar relationship to what we have with WCU now. Regional, but not competitive.

    http://ncaabbs.com/showthread.php?tid=560993

  • AppOrange

    I wish this would all flush out, let's get on with it!

  • 49ers

    http://blogs.mercurynews.com/collegesports/2012/0

    "Yes, UTSA and Texas State and Charlotte are becoming FBS members."

  • 49ers

    eh.. we might can get you in too Dr. Bozo

  • I'm not sure if UNCC is even all that interested in the Sun Belt. I think they'd be wise to join if they get an invite but it sounds like they may decline. It would get them FBS and be a much better baseball conference but is a step down in basketball and offers no regional travel partner, which has always been a primary complaint about the A10.

    If App and Charlotte were to both get an invite, that could be very interesting. Not sure how likely that is though. Honestly, I'm just ready for all this realignment to be over. It is tiring!

  • Apps_Aj11

    I guess that means 3,492 people will get to see Sun Belt football in Charlotte on Saturdays. Yippee…

  • 49ers

    better to be FBS than FCS looks like we didn't need the Socon or the big south anyways

  • Dat Piff

    Better to be winless in the FBS than winless in the FCS. This new football team in Concord is going to suck every last penny from an already lack-luster athletic department.

  • Joe

    If this is true, and it is for all sports, then we will continue to see UNCC basketball decline.. It's sad to see a once promising team decline so much!

  • asu1978

    Mountaineer Lumber Company (That dates me)

  • Yogi86

    Wofford beat Carolina?

  • AppMan

    Justin Wray no longer in school. Big loss for the F'ball program. Ouch!

  • appaner420

    when's the next update on this site going to be?!

  • appdreamin

    Yeah, Yogi. Wofford did what we couldn't–held down SoCar's offense and eventually won it 5-4 in 11. I stumbled onto the Sports South broadcast in the 7th and watched the remainder of the game. Wofford kept leaving people on base, but looked more potent offensively than SC. In one stretch beginning in the 8th, SC went nine or ten straight without a hit and with only one or two baserunners from walks.

  • MIDWEST

    Still no vision. Pathetic that the glorified community colleges continue to surpass us in athletics. Bring in the F-ing closer or resign yourself.

    No $$$ from my pockets until a deal gets done.

    got Elway?

  • Big Dave

    Middie, this isnt the time for an economic boycott. If anything the programs need more $.

  • Chill out MIDWEST. You're doomsday mentality is unwarranted. Thanks for admitting how fair weather you are though. Cee has/will never surpass App in overall athletics, even if they get a Sunbelt invite a month before we do.

    Cee will never leave the A-10 in all sports for anything but the Alliance and that invite isn't going to happen before they field a team. Since the SBC has no desire to have them for anything but all sports, Cee will play FCS indy, join the CAA in all sports or join the MAC for football only.

    The App administration is still working on forming this new conference, but aside from the dubious task of selecting/uniting these schools, there's also a fair amount of red tape to deal with in the process. Current NCAA legislation prohibits any FCS school or group of FCS schools from moving up without an invite from an FBS conference. This rule has never been challenged in court, so there is hope for some sort of cooperative anti-trust lawsuit from the group of FCS schools. Another way to get around it would involve enlisting the support of some bottom-feeding FBS programs. Since they're already FBS, they could form the conference and invite up the droves of top-FCS prospects. There are also several other similar FBS/FCS rules that the NCAA doesn't enforce (minimum attendance ect).

    Anyway, there are plenty of ways to make this happen, but it is not an overnight process. I applaud the administration for not jumping straight to the belt, who would be happy to have us.

    The comment by the AD that App is "unlikely to move up" along with the mention of UTSA and UNCC getting invites is a scare tactic, a ploy to put the fire under the realistic candidates for the conference like App State. The conference leaders are not naive enough to think that Charlotte will join for all sports, nor are they dumb or desperate enough to add them for just football.

    This low-end FBS conference shifting has become a poker game and App is holding onto its cards until our best options are completely out of the question. I'm just as impatient as the rest of you, but I'm willing to let it all play out as well as possible to maximize the benefits to ASU.

  • In keeping with the buzzkillington theme of this thread, Justin Wray is no longer on the team. It seems that he is the latest casualty of the "unpleasantness." Huge loss.

  • Apppgrad

    The only problem is the comments Peacock made regarding the acc being the only option they would jump at. If for some reason we decide not to move up I will not cut my donations out completely but it will significantly less considering you do not need a lot of money to play fcs.

  • Peacock has explicitly mentioned several times that this new FBS conference is his/our #1 choice. #1 realistic choice that is. I'm sure he'd jump at an ACC/SEC/NFC South invite, but that ain't happenig

  • Appgrad

    I know those will not happen but I've heard that Peacock has stated he would rather stay in fcs to various people. He's might be using this new conference idea to stall the move.

  • You might have a point if several other schools' administrators weren't talking the same talk.

  • MIDWEST

    We deserve to know what is going on. Am I supposed to believe that one AD (with advice from Peacock)has the ability to get this deal done?

    Like I said, bring in the F-ing closer!!

  • I've been talking for 3 years on Appfan about how much this athletic department lacks transparency.

  • nomadb

    you don't "deserve" crap, middie. you're going to bitch and moan no matter how much information is available to you or what move is made

  • MIDWEST

    What about fans and donors (like myself)? Do we have Obama running the athletic department? This is a public university (not a private corporation) and we deserve to hear a vision and know what the future holds.

  • Private Corporation? You put the moron on oxymoron

  • No way we can know what the future holds if they don't either. I do agree that we need to be informed in at least a general capacity though.

    For example, confirming or denying what this Sun Belt AD said about us being 'unlikely to move up' would have been nice. Being completely silent basically gives negative consent to anyone out there to say what they want about our intentions.

  • MIDWEST

    Gonzo,

    Please read my post again. You missed it.

    The point is we never hear anything about a vision from this department. Nothing…nilch…nadda.

    This is not healthy for the university.

  • Appthunder90

    Perhaps this sun belt ad's words are being quoted out of context. A rare occurrence in media. Maybe he is referring to the fact that Cobb has publicly announced that the sunbelt is not a good geographic fit for Appalachian state.

  • I agree we need to hear SOMETHING, but you lost me at "private corporation." Corporations are public by definition. Terrible analogy. Just use the word "business" in that context.

  • MIDWEST

    public university= taxpayer funded, therefore transparency is needed.

    private or family company= limited disclosure needed to general public about strategy, financials, etc.

    my only point is that these guys operate OUR athletics department like it's a family business and no one needs to know anything except for them.

  • appdreamin

    Corporations are not "public by definition." Some are, some aren't. The SEC regulates (supposedly) those that are, and demands that they publish reams of financial and other data so that the investing public can be informed. Bankers and other creditors, along with the IRS, essentially regulate the private corporations which, particularly if they have no outside debt, may not even publish financials for external use.

  • appdreamin

    Terminology aside, my bet is that more athletic departments are operated like family-owned businesses than like publicly-traded companies, perhaps with the exception of information shared with truly big-time donors.

    App has very few of latter (one of whom reportedly got us our two most recent basketball coaches; if so, do we need more?), even relative to our meager athletic budget. I'm not saying the close-to-the-vest approach is or isn't proper, just that it is probably common.

  • Appthunder:

    I'm with you, it is quite likely it was taken out of context. Perhaps he was alluding to prior comments by Cobb that the SBC may not be a geographic fit for us.

    My point is that if we are speculating about what that means, so are other people out there. Stepping in to clarify that would be nice for the fans to know and very important for potential conferences to know. Ruling out the Sun Belt or any conference at this point would be a bad idea. Would the Sun Belt still not be a good geographical fit if it were an East/West division split and Charlotte and GA Southern were there with us?

    I'm not asking to see the notes from their meetings but a little bit of dialogue would be appreciated.

  • Appthunder90

    I believe the words were "sun belt in its present configuration" however I'm not extremely certain. Maybe one of you Yosef club members who may have been attended at one of the events can remember more clearly? In any case, I think these guys know what they are doing. They know how fickle app fans are so they are not going to release the minutes of every meeting so that we can speculate about what they "really mean". I'm getting the vibe that some of us think there is some "ulterior motive" played out in the app administration within every circumstance. I'm not saying those people have been commenting on this thread, just that I have noticed a trend. Most of them are alsO trolls. By the way, uncc still sucks at football.

  • Appthunder90

    Furthernore, please excuse my horrendous typing. Apple products hate me.

  • appdreamin

    See, Gonzo? Apple is evil!

  • MIDWEST

    All we can do is speculate because no one ever communicates a vision and and a strategic action plan to us.

    They run the show like PRIVATE corporation, not a public corporation…meaning they don't share any more than they have to. Not right to the people who donate hard-earned money to the program.

  • Appthunder90

    Midwest

    While I understand your frustration, the only information you actually have a "right" (using the word loosely) to is that covered under the freedom of information act. The fact that you are constantly urging the administration to "bring in the f-ing closer" leads me to think that you should be ok with the fact that Cobb cannot send you a personalized email everytime he is involved in a discussion to try and sweeten a deal. If we knew exactly what was going on so would our "competitors" and in turn potential conferences and their respective members which could damage not only our reputation but our chances. So my advice to you is pipe down for the time being. Send some emails (not scathing idiotic ones reminiscent of what you post here) urging the administration to keep forging ahead, and enjoy baseball season. They are doing very well if you have not heard.

  • appdreamin

    Alternatively, increase your donation to something on the Harrill (or Sofield, maybe) level and then–perhaps–Cobb and Peacock will provide information and seek advice before acting. Or not acting.

  • Appthunder90

    Exactly! Bring in YOUR f-ing closer ! The checkbook!

  • MIDWEST

    Thunder, you know what I mean. This group is less than transparent and you/everyone knows it. My only point.

  • jeff

    The athletic department is engaged in negotiations. If they publicly announce all of their intentions and plans for attaining their goals they lose all leverage with those they are negotiating with.

    We all know the goal is to put us in the best possible FBS conference for long term future success and growth. I think we all know we want CUSA but with the current shake up they aren't ready to take an FCS program so we continue to pursue all options whatever they may be and see how the ever changing landscape of conference alignment shakes out and we find a place to fit into a favorable conference for all Appalachian Sports.

    I negotiate rental agreements and sponsor deals all the time and if I openly informed the world of what those deals entail I would be forced to confine to those parameters every time I enter talks. By keeping that information private I can ensure the best possible financial outcome for the company that will benefit all stakeholders regardless of if they know the specifics of the deal.

  • hapapp

    The athletic administration can only do so much. It's not like conferences are beating the door down begging ASU to join them. As has been pointed out many times, while we have demonstrated an ability to win on the field and fill a stadium, when it comes to other considerations, we don't have as much to offer as some of our competitors. Our situation is not so different from ECU and their attempts at joining the Big East.

    Like everyone else I want to know where things are headed. However, I don't expect to hear anything until something definite is in the works. At least, we don't have folks on this board telling us that it is a done deal that we will do this or that, like last year at this time. We know how those true those statements proved to be.

  • JMcCray

    Wake Forest keeps losing basketball players. If their football program keeps sliding, maybe we can switch conferences with them.

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