Feb. 27, 2012. SPARTANBURG, S.C. — After limiting Louisiana State University to two hits and striking out 10 in seven innings of Saturday’s 1-0 win over the seventh-ranked Tigers, Appalachian State University baseball’s Ryan Arrowood (Rutherfordton, N.C./R-S Central) has been tabbed as the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Arrowood retired 20 of the 23 hitters he faced on Saturday, helping Appalachian become the first non-conference opponent to shut out LSU in nearly eight years. After allowing the Tigers’ first two batters to reach base, the right-handed senior settled in to sit down 16 in a row, striking out five-straight on two separate occasions along the way.
Thanks in large part to matching a career high with his 10 strikeouts, Arrowood threw 107 pitches through seven innings before giving way to closer Nathan Hyatt (Brevard, N.C./Brevard), who worked the final two frames to complete the 1-0 masterpiece.
Arrowood’s effort was the highlight of a weekend full of scintillating pitching performances for the Mountaineers. In all, Appalachian limited LSU to just five runs in three games, the Tigers’ lowest scoring output in a three-game home series since 1982. LSU, which was averaging 11 runs per game and hitting .333 as a team coming into the series, hit just .172 against ASU with only two of its 16 hits going for extra bases.
Arrowood and the Mountaineers (4-2) look to stay hot when they close a season-opening seven-game road stint on Tuesday at North Carolina A&T. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium in Greensboro.
From: Appalachian Sports Information