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App State vs Campbell
September 6, 2014 - 6 PM (ESPN3)

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Last season was the best ever in App State baseball history.

And today begins … encore?

Now it’s a new season. And there is a new coaching staff and new pitching rotation. How much can, or will, what happened last season carry over?

“It’s the million-dollar question,” said Billy Jones, a longtime assistant at Oklahoma State, N.C. State, Arizona State and Oregon State who is now the Mountaineers’ head coach. Jones took over from Chris Pollard, who moved on to become the coach at Duke.

Sixteen players are back from the team that was finally derailed by Oklahoma in the regionals, but only about half the starters. Appalachian State will start its 2013 season today, with the first game of a three-game series at N.C. State.

Gonna be tough.

This season, NC State rides the expectations that come from returning the core of last year’s squad that went 43-20 and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round a year ago. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 8 nationally by Baseball America (its highest preseason ranking ever) and were picked to win the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference by the league’s coaches.

First pitch at 3 p.m. Game two Saturday at 4, then finale at 1 Sunday.

Give ‘em heat!

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