|ASU, UNCG Split Double Header|
|Written by Megan Samassa|
|Saturday, 13 April 2013 23:15|
Appalachian State University softball split its doubleheader against Southern Conference foe UNC Greensboro Saturday afternoon at UNCG Softball Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Apps 3-1 in game one before the Mountaineers came out and scored five runs in the first inning to defeat UNCG 6-1 in game two. With the
split App State moves to 21-14 overall on the season and 13-4 in the SoCon, while UNCG moves to 28-11 overall and 8-5 in conference play.
Game One: UNCG 3, App State 1
After two scoreless innings, UNCG put up a run in the bottom of the third when a single to center field and a bunt single with a throwing error had runners on the corners for the Spartans. Dominique Madruga scored when the Mountaineers tried to lure her off of third base with a throw to the second baseman.
The attempt to pick off Madruga caused a throwing error over Caroline Rogers’ head that allowed the Spartans to score the unearned run and take the 1-0 advantage.
Back-to-back singles in the bottom of the fifth inning and a sacrifice bunt allowed runners to move into scoring position for pinch hitter Toni MacReynolds. MacReynolds stepped in and drove a double off the left center field wall, plating two and giving UNCG the 3-0 lead with only one out.
A fly out to right field and a perfectly thrown ball to the glove of catcher Sarah Warnock from Ashley Seering retired the final two outs of the inning before UNCG was able to push any more runs across the plate.
App State broke open in the top of the sixth inning when freshman Alex Sohl recorded the first hit of the contest, taking the no-hitter from starting pitcher Raeanne Hanks. Sohl advanced to second on a groundout before crossing home on a double from Warnock to right field.
The lone run in the sixth was not enough as Appalachian fell 3-1 in game one of the doubleheader. Sohl and Warnock registered the Mountaineers only hits of the game as UNCG out-hit App State 9-2. Sophomore Alissa Schoelkopf (13-8) pitched all six innings for the Apps with two strikeouts and two earned runs.
Game Two: App State 6, UNCG 1
Appalachian came out strong in game two after only being able to manage two hits in game one. Three-straight hits in the top of the first would give the Apps an early lead over UNCG in game two.
Warnock extended her hitting streak to 14 games when she single through the right side of the field to kickoff game two for Appalachian. Warnock advanced to second on a Dani Heichen bunt single before touching home on a Lindsay Loudermilk single up the middle.
Senior Allie Cashion hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field, plating Heichen and allowing Appalachian to take the 2-0 lead with only one out.
App State added its fourth hit of the inning when Meghan Smith doubled off the right field wall, scoring Loudermilk. After surrendering only two hits to the Apps in game one, Hanks would be replaced for relief pitcher Erica Navarette as she gave up five hits and only retired two outs to start game two.
With Smith on second and two outs Sohl stepped in and drove her second career home run over the center field wall to give the Black and Gold the 5-0 advantage.
The Spartan defense retired the final out of the inning, but not before the Apps scored five runs on six hits. UNCG started a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored one run on an App State error before loading the bases with no outs.
Back-to-back one hoppers to starting pitcher Shivaun Landeros retired two outs and a routine grounder to third base would get the final out as the Apps escaped the inning allowing only one run to score.
Heichen found herself in scoring position for the Black and Gold in the top of the seventh inning when she walked and stole both second and third. Cashion lined her 13th double of the season off the left field wall, plating Heichen and extending the Appalachian lead to 6-1.
The explosive first inning for the Mountaineers would be all they would need to take home the victory in game two. Sohl and Warnock led the Appalachian offense in game two as they both tallied two hits.
Sohl and Cashion each knocked in two RBI, while six Apps tallied one hit in the contest. Appalachian out-hit the Spartans 10-7 in game two.
Landeros (8-5) pitched her seventh complete game of the season with two strikeouts and seven hits. The Mountaineers and Spartans wrap up the three-game series with a 1 p.m. contest tomorrow. Appalachian will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to take on No. 8 Tennessee in a single game on Tuesday, April 16 at 6 p.m.
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