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Record-Setting Baseball Season Ends Despite Gritty Effort

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — App State head coach Kermit Smith vividly remembers how he was introduced to each of the Mountaineers' seniors. One-by-one, he shared those stories to his team as they gathered for one last postgame huddle.

A record-setting, out-of-the ordinary year ended Thursday with a 7-2 loss to top-seeded Louisiana in Riverwalk Stadium. After a 1-0 win Tuesday against Texas State produced the first Sun Belt Championship victory in program history, the Mountaineers were one out away from heading to the ninth inning with a 3-2 deficit and a chance to claim a spot in the Sun Belt semifinals.