Written by Justin Bohn
Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:34
Appalachian State University softball suffered a pair of losses by the hands of Georgia Southern, 7-2, 2-0, on Saturday at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The first-place Eagles improved to 16-1 in Southern Conference play and 31-15 overall while the Mountaineers fell to 7-11 in league play and 17-21 for the season. In game one,
Georgia Southern didn't waste any time to get on the board as they tabbed two runs in the first inning. The Eagles earned two straight walks to start the game and Alexa Lewis scored the first run of the contest on a throwing error by the ASU's pitcher on a sacrifice bunt by Marie Fogle. GSU scored its final run of the inning when Ennis beat out a throw to home.
In the second frame, Lexi Allen recorded her first career home run to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. The Mountaineers responded with a home run of their own by senior Michelle Lighton to cut GSU's lead to 4-1.
Appalachian cut the Eagles' lead, 4-2, on a lead off solo home run by junior Allie Cashion.
Georgia Southern put the game out of reach in the fifth with three runs on five hits to take a 7-2 advantage. Fogle lead off the inning with a double to right center and moved to third on a seeing eye single through the left side by Mackenzie Williams. Shelby Morrill recorded an RBI-single to score Fogle and GSU used two more RBI-singles to take a 7-2 lead.
GSU's Sarah Purvis pitched six innings to only allow four hits and was relieved in the seventh by Marla Thompson.
ASU's Riley Carter threw her second career complete game and allowed seven hits, seven runs and seven walks.
In the second game, Georgia Southern scored the games' only runs in the first inning. Lewis once again led the game off with a walk and scored on an error by the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Hanna Ennis. Williams singled up the middle to score Ennis and give GSU a 2-0 lead. ASU's Caroline Wainright walked the next batter and was relieved by her elder sister Caitlin Wainright without recording an out. Caitlin Wainright got the Mountaineers out of the base loaded jam without any more damage.
The Mountaineers had their best chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Caroline Rogers earned a one-out walk and advanced to third a double by Lighton. GSU's Brooke Red then came in relief and held the Mountaineers at bay to earn her first save of the season. Caitlin Wainright scattered three hits in the scoreless seven innings while GSU's Allie Miles earned the win by scattering three hits in six and a third innings.
Appalachian will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m. as the Mountaineers honor six seniors on Senior Day.
Photo Courtesy: Michelle Lighton, ASU Athletics