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Things to do on a weekend - Enjoy a college baseball game

Last weekend, the Appalachian State baseball team shocked the college baseball world, beating then No. 7 LSU two times in a three game series, including a 11-1 win in the rubber match. The Tigers had been considered a strong national title contender. The Mountaineers had been picked in preseason as a middle-of-the-conference team. The trip to Baton Rouge proved otherwise, and sparked excitement that this could be a special team.

Appalachain State baseball stadiumThe recent success and the series win at LSU owe mostly to pitching, and Pollard's pitching background (he pitched at Davidson in the mid-1990s) makes it the program's foundation. The Mountaineers have ranked fifth, third, second and fourth in the Southern Conference in ERA the last four seasons, with team ERAs declining from 6.14 to 4.42 in that span.

In the preseason, Pollard told BA, "(This) should be deepest pitching staff we have had in my eight years at Appalachian. We return three weekend starting pitchers and two of (the) three top arms out of bullpen. We should also be very strong defensively."

The Mountaineers open their home schedule this weekend against Rider. They play in beautiful Smith Stadium, which has an outfield surrounded by a wooded area and a scenic view from the stands. Games have a great atmosphere, a luxury many communities lack. Dare to Live the Dream in a land of high-quality college baseball!