|Loudermilk Walk-Off Pushes Apps Past Cougars|
|Written by Megan Samassa|
|Saturday, 30 March 2013 09:09|
Appalachian State University softball defeated College of Charleston, 7-5, with a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning from Lindsay Loudermilk on Friday at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
With the win, App State improves to 13-11 overall on the season and 7-3 in the Southern Conference, while CofC falls to 15-13 overall and 6-3 in the SoCon. Appalachian retired the first two batters of the inning before Kelsey Hodgson drove a home run over the center field fence to allow the Cougars to take a 1-0 lead.
The Mountaineers knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Sarah Warnock had a leadoff double off the right center field wall before coming around to score on a single through the right side from Loudermilk. App State extended its lead to 3-0 when Meghan Smith hit her fourth home run of the season over the left field fence.
CofC came within one of Appalachian in the top of the second inning when the third home run of the afternoon cleared the center field fence. The Black and Gold tacked on their fourth run of the contest when Warnock reached on a walk and touched home when Allie Cashion singled through the left side of the field as Appalachian took the 4-2 lead.
The Cougars responded in the top of the fourth when Allison Pedigo knocked the fourth home run of the contest over the right field fence to bring the College of Charleston within one. College of Charleston hit its third home run of the game to knot the score at 4-4 in the top of the fifth inning.
App State would take the lead for the second time in the game when Warnock singled to left field and advanced to second on a Cougar error. Loudermilk reached first when she capitalized on the second CofC error of the inning, scoring Warnock. College of Charleston tied the score in the top of the sixth inning at 5-5 with a single up the middle. Kristy Girgosian advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score when Lizzy Vaughn singled to deep center field.
The Apps sat down the Cougars in order in the top of the seventh inning, as Loudermilk recorded two outs at first base.
With one out, Warnock singled up the middle to tally her third hit of the afternoon, setting the table for Loudermilk who dug in with two outs.
Loudermilk blasted her fourth home run of the season over the right field wall as Appalachian took the 7-5 victory from College of Charleston. Warnock went 3-for-3 on the afternoon, while Loudermilk went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. Cashion posted two hits on the day with one RBI, while Smith recorded two RBI with her home run.
Freshman Shivaun Landeros (5-4) picked up her fifth win of the season as she came in on relief to pitch four innings, allowing only two runs. Starting pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf went three innings with one strikeout. Appalachian State will be back in action on Saturday, March 30 when they play a doubleheader against College of Charleston to conclude the three-game series. Game one is scheduled to start at noon.
Photo Courtesy: Lindsay Loudermilk, ASU Athletics
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