A three-game series opened Friday with yet another oh-so-close loss, this time 6-5. Game 2 and 3 are Saturday (ESPN3) and Sunday at 1. This road trip is only going to get more challenging – “The road doesn’t get any easier for the Mountaineers, as their next four contests come against nationally ranked Atlantic Coast Conference powers coming off College World Series appearances in 2013, beginning with this weekend’s three-game set at NC State and ending with next Tuesday’s mid-week matchup at No. 17 North Carolina.”
Last – “The Mountaineers have shown flashes of improvement in recent weeks, but they’ll face a Western Carolina team playing relatively well itself heading into a 7 p.m. game at Holmes Center in Boone. Tonight’s game is the last home game of the season for the Mountaineers (8-17, 4-8). Their final three regular-season games are on the road.”
Booted - “Charlotte’s WZGV-AM has signed a three-year deal with Appalachian State and will begin broadcasting Mountaineers football and basketball games next fall. That means WZGV (730) will end its relationship with the Charlotte 49ers and their fledgling football program when their three-year deal expires after this basketball season.”
The 0-3 Mountaineers at 3-0 Vols today. Playing at Arkansas had its challenges, but also its joy – “When you have fans right on top of you in the outfield like that you never know what you are going to get, but they were classy and had some pretty clever things to say, especially the fans out in left field where I was playing. We knew from the beginning we were going to be tested and it will force us to play at our highest level every single day. We will have to play smarter and improve in all areas every chance we get but I promise you that this team will find a way to do that.”
Atmosphere – “Appalachian State’s football tam will hold its 2014 spring game under the lights at Kidd Brewer Stadium on April 4. The gates open at 6 p.m. and kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Admission to the spring game is free. Additional details, including parking/tailgating policies and special events associated with the game will be announced as plans are finalized.” Who’s going?
The view from on high. Exit question – where did you ever go car sledding in the snow?
Doubleheader today, as the women are playing UNCG as we type. Men tip at 4:30ish – “The Terriers have been quite hot of late and have been scoring at torrid pace during their current winning streak. The Mountaineers have been giving up more than they are scoring.” Capel’s crew have won two of last three, and four of last seven.
GAME 2. Top of the eighth, Arkansas 7, App State 6.
The most anticipated App State baseball season since the last one begins today with a three-game set at Arkansas. Each contest will be livestreamed through the mothership
thanks to the host
Due to weather the Mountaineers got a late start hitting the road. Game one today is now set for 5 p.m.
It’s gonna be a long season and … /fingers crossed … an eventful one. Lotta excitement in the anticipation, especially for Tyler Zupcic.
It has been 20 months since Appalachian State’s Zupcic slid hard at home plate in an NCAA regional game, got tangled with Oklahoma catcher Tanner Toal and nearly had a promising baseball future end.
Zupcic suffered torn posterior-cruciate and lateral-collateral ligaments and a broken fibula —and faced a long and painful rehabilitation after surgery.
He would have given up his senior season at Appalachian and started a pro career if not for the injury. Instead, he will be with the Mountaineers on Friday when they open their season at Arkansas.
“Stepping on that field for the first time again is going to be feel like a victory for me,” Zupcic said.
GIVE ‘EM HEAT!
PROBLEMATIC. Game one loss, 12-2 – “Appalachian had two different flights cancelled on Thursday and Friday, which allowed only 20 players and two coaches to make it to Fayetteville in time for Friday’s season opener.”
If you can dig yourself out – oh my! – or leave the comfort of home – nice! – there’s a bball game at Jones Arena today. Early tipoff at 4 p.m. Free admission. It’s the first of three straight home games – “The Mountaineers hope to cash in against Samford, which is 2-12 on the road. The Mountaineers are 3-3 in their last 6 games. “We know we’re so close,” Toney said. “There have been games that could have gone our way. We know we need to keep working, stay together and just keep playing hard every night out.””
No. 4. App State bball finally matches football team in D1 wins – “Tommy Spagnolo scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Appalachian State beat Samford 74-68 on Thursday. It was Spagnolo’s fourth straight double-double in a mid-afternoon game that was moved up because of snow in the area.”
Due to snowmageddon predictions, App State closed today. At noon. The announcement came before nary a flake had fallen. By the time the place officially shut down, still nuttin’. As one person remarked – “All of my time at app…I have never remembered a time when APPSTATE has closed school before it even started snowing.” Enjoy the slopes!
Random – “The conference will reintroduce men’s soccer this upcoming fall. Full-time members App State, Georgia Southern, and Georgia State will play alongside affiliate members Hartwick, Howard, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology in a single round robin schedule.” A championship will award automatic bid to NCAA tourney.
Convoluted – “Home games against Georgia State, Idaho, and UL-Monroe are all winnable, and trips to Georgia Southern and Troy are in no way out of reach. If ASU is indeed able to improve to even 2011-12 levels, the Mountaineers could match last season’s win total. Still, one has to wonder about this jump. At their peak, the Mountaineers outclassed most of their new conference. Now, they’re starting over a bit. The money makes sense, but the timing might not.” FYI – First in a series.