Written by Justin Bohn
Friday, 11 May 2012 06:50
Appalachian State University softball dropped its second-round game of the Southern Conference tournament to top-seeded Georgia Southern, 6-0, Thursday night at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. The SoCon Pitcher of the Year,
Sarah Purvis shut down the Mountaineers (22-24) right from the get go as she only gave up one hit in six innings. She walked three Appalachian batters and fanned eight.
ASU's Caitlin Wainright entered the game having held the Eagles scoreless for 11.2 innings this season. The senior from Greenville, N.C. kept GSU at bay for 3.1 innings with four strike outs.
In the fourth inning, GSU's Kourtny Thomas broke the scoreless contest with a one-out two-run home run to right center.
Georgia Southern recorded four-consecutive hits, which included a three run homer to take a 6-0 lead in the sixth inning. The Mountaineers' lone hit came in the sixth by junior Meghan Smith as the Eagles out-hit the Apps 11-1. Appalachian State moves to the consolation bracket for an elimination game against Elon at noon on Friday. If the Mountaineers defeat the Phoenix they will face the winner of College of Charleston and UNCG at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Chattanooga 6, College of Charleston 1
Behind three Chattanooga home runs in the sixth inning, the Lady Mocs were able to advance in the winner's bracket Thursday at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium after defeating College of Charleston, 6-1. Junior Sara Poteat flied out to right field to bring home freshman Sarah Beth Roberts, putting Chattanooga on the board first. Sophomore Stephanie Rieck also flied out to right to give the Lady Mocs a 2-0 lead as sophomore Layne Rainey crossed the plate.
Sophomore Kelsey Hodgson put the Cougars on the board when she blasted a home run to left field.
In the sixth inning, Chattanooga blasted three home runs to extend their lead to 6-1 over College of Charleston. Chattanooga went on to extend their lead, 3-1 when senior designated player Michelle Fuzzard hit a home run to out to left. The homer was Fuzzard's 16th of the season. With two outs, senior Jessica Traxler and Roberts homered to extend Chattanooga's lead to 6-1.
Freshman Taylor Deason (24-7) picked up the win after going the distance in the circle. She allowed seven hits and struck out seven batters. Freshman Hope Klicker took the loss (16-9) in the circle. She gave up four earned runs during 5.2 innings of work.
Chattanooga improves their record to 39-14 and advances to face the Georgia Southern and Appalachian State tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. The Cougars drop to 33-22 on the season and will play UNCG tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in the consolation bracket.