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Monday, 19 May 2014 14:26

App's Zupcic Earns SoCon Baseball Player of the Week Honors

Zupcic hits walk-off double for App win on Sunday Zupcic hits walk-off double for App win on Sunday Appalachian State Sports Information

After a storybook ending to his final regular-season, Appalachian State University baseball’s Tyler Zupcic (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) was named the Southern Conference Player of the Week, the SoCon office announced on Monday.

The fifth-year senior hit .500 (8-for-16) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI and eight runs scored in four games last week. His 1.000 slugging percentage helped lead Appalachian State (20-32, 12-14 SoCon) to a 3-1 record, including a pivotal weekend series victory over Furman that propelled the Mountaineers to the No. 5 seed and an opening-round bye in this week’s SoCon Tournament.

Zupcic actually came off the bench to go 2-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored in Appalachian’s 9-5, 10-inning win at East Tennessee State on Tuesday.

In the first game of a doubleheader versus Furman on Friday, he went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI and four runs scored in an 11-7 Mountaineer victory. The four hits matched a career high for Zupcic and marked his first four-hit game since April 3, 2011 versus Wofford.

In Saturday’s must-win regular-season finale, Zupcic clubbed a two-run homer in the third inning that gave App State a 4-1 lead then capped the superb week with a two-run walkoff double in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Mountaineers a dramatic 6-5 win. His four RBI on Senior Day matched a career high.

The weekly honor is the first of Zupcic’s storied career at Appalachian State.

Zupcic and the Mountaineers open SoCon Tournament action on Wednesday against No. 4-seeded Georgia Southern (34-20, 15-12 SoCon). First pitch is set for 10 a.m. at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.

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