Appalachian State University softball began the Blues City Classic with a double header on the opening day of the tournament on Friday. The Mountaineers challenged the Racers of Murray State in the first game of the double header and Lipscomb in game two of the day. App State defeated Murray State 5-0 in game one and fell to Lipscomb 9-2 in game two.

Game One: App State 5, Murray State 0


The Mountaineers (2-6) got off to a fast start against the Racers (5-4) in the first inning. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) got on with a bunt single and advanced to second on an error by Maggie Glass at third base. During Sarah Warnock’s (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) at-bat, Gomez advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a Warnock double to left center field. Lindsay Loudermilk (Bluff City, Tenn./Sullivan East) then singled through the left side and advanced Warnock to third base. Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) was able to place a sac fly to right field and scored Warnock for a 2-0 lead.


Heading into the third inning, Gomez raked a double into left center field to start the third inning for the Apps followed up by Warnock’s second base hit of the afternoon to advance Gomez to third base. Loudermilk followed both hits with a single up the middle to drive in Gomez and bring the score to 3-0 in favor of App State. After a Seering walk loaded the bases, a wild pitch to Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) would score Warnock from third to make it 4-0 Mountaineers.


In the top half of the fifth, Warnock advanced all the way to third base but the Mountaineers couldn’t push across the run. After App State made quick work of the Racers in the bottom half, Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) led off the top of the sixth with a double smoked off of the fence in left field. Caroline Reid (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy) would hit a well hit sac fly to left field to score Parker from third and make the score 5-0 Appalachian.


In the bottom of the sixth inning, Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed) surrendered her first hit on the afternoon but did not allow a runner past second base. With no threat in the top half of the seventh from the Mountaineers, Landeros would head back out to the circle and would finish off the Racers.


Landeros (2-4) pitched her third complete game of the season and earn her second win of the year allowing one hit while striking out seven. Gomez finished with a team best three hits going 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Warnock and Loudermilk each picked up two hits with an RBI and Rogers and Parker picking up a hit a piece.

Game Two: Lipscomb 9, App State 2


In game two against Lipscomb, true freshman Sydney Laws (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) got the starting nod for the Mountaineers (2-7). The Bisons (9-1) got started early with three hits and scored the first run of the game to take a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.


Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) got the Mountaineers started with a lead off base hit in the bottom of the first and then proceeded to steal her second base of the season. Brianne Welch would make a tremendous catch along the fence in foul territory on Warnock with Heichen advancing to third on the play. Loudermilk followed that up connecting on her first home run of the season to right-center field to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 lead.


In the second inning, Laws would escape a Bisons threat with runners on second and third without allowing a run to cross. Heather Parker made quick work of the Mountaineers in the bottom of the second to move it along to the third inning. In the third, Lipscomb would connect on three straight hits to start the inning and tie the game at 2-2. The Bisons would tack on just one more after loading the bases to take a 3-2 lead. App State would get singles from Kristen Terry (Kernersville, N.C./Glenn) and Warnock but wouldn’t be able to score in the third.


In the fourth, Lipscomb would use an Appalachian error and then a double from Gracey Aguirre to drive in Paige Neely to take a 4-2 lead. The Bisons would tack on two more in the inning with RBIs from Kelsey Cartwright and Rena’ Cothron before Landeros came into relieve Laws. The Mountaineers would get a walk from Ashley Best (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) in the inning but nothing more.


Landeros made quick work of the Bisons in the top half of the fifth. Terry led off the bottom half with a slap single to left field but wouldn’t advance past second base. In the sixth, Landeros continued her dominance in the circle getting a 1-2-3 inning, while Parker did the same getting a 1-2-3 inning of her own.


After three hits to start the inning, the Bisons’ Haley Elliott hit a sac fly to right field, which was then followed by an App error that led to two more runs crossing the plate. Lipscomb would take a 9-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Best would single, but that’s the best the Apps could muster in the seventh and would fall 9-2.


Laws pitched 3.2 innings allowing three earned runs before Landeros relieved her. Loudermilk led the Apps with both RBIs on the day with a two-run homer. Terry led the Mountaineers in hits with two, finishing 2-for-3 for the game.


The Mountaineers will be back in action starting tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. against Alabama A&M and then will play Missouri State at 4 p.m.