Written by Megan Samassa
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:23
Appalachian State University softball fell 9-0 to No. 5 Tennessee on Tuesday evening at Lee Stadium. With the loss App State falls to 21-16 overall on the
season, while Tennessee improves to 39-6 overall.
The Lady Volunteers got off to a quick 1-0 advantage over the Apps as leadoff hitter Raven Chavanne drew a walk and stole her 32nd base of the season to advance to second. Lauren Gibson dug in and hit a deep sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Chavanne.
Another leadoff walk to start the second inning would cost App State as Cheyanne Tarango scored on back-to-back hits from the Tennessee offense. The Lady Vols tacked on two more runs with a hard hit single just over the glove of second baseman Meghan Smith to take the 5-0 lead over the Mountaineers.
Tennessee extended its lead to 7-0 over the Black and Gold when Chavanne drew her second walk of the contest and Lauren Gibson lined her 11th home run of the season over the left field wall.
The Apps looked to get on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when freshman Pepper Butler earned the first hit of the contest for the Mountaineers with a double down the left field line. Butler advanced to third on a Cynthia Gomez single up the middle, but App State was unable to push a run across the plate as the Volunteers retired the final out of the inning.
Tennessee loaded the bases in the bottom of the third inning when relief pitcher Katherine Johnson issued two walks and hit one batter. The Lady Vols added two runs when Chavanne drove a two-run single up the middle, allowing UT to take the 9-0 lead.
Appalachian was unable to score in the top of the fifth inning, putting the mercy rule in affect as the Mountaineers fell 9-0 to the Lady Vols.
Gibson led the Tennessee offense as she went 1-for-3 with three RBI, while Chavanne added one hit, two RBI and scored twice.
Appalachian notched four hits as Butler, Gomez, Smith and Lindsay Loudermilk and each tallied one. Shivaun Landeros (8-6) suffered the loss in the circle as she went 2.0 innings, while Johnson pitched one inning with one strikeout and Alissa Schoelkopf closed in the fifth with one strikeout.
App State will be back in action on Wednesday, April 17 when it returns to the High Country to take on ETSU. The Apps look to stay undefeated at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium as first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 4 p.m.