Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed), who got the starting nod against the Purple Aces was dominant as she struck out the first two batters she faced. But the Purple Aces broke through with a run in the top of the second
A single and two walks set the stage for Michal Luckett, who dropped a bloop single into short left-centerfield that gave Evansville (5-4) a 1-0 lead. Following a strikeout, Chandra Parr singled home two runs making it 3-0. A wild pitch led to another run before Landeros struck out Emma Buckles to end the inning.
ASU (3-9) bounced back with a pair of runs of its own in the top of the third. Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) was hit by a pitch and Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) drew a walk, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Alex Sohl (Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak) hit a laser into centerfield to drive in Seering; Parker to third. Ashley Best (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) followed, but she hit into a double play. Parker scored from third to make it 4-2.
The Purple Aces extended their lead with a run in the top of the sixth. her. App State staged a rally in the top of the seventh. Parker tripled down the right field line but the Mountaineers couldn't bring her home. Landeros pitched seven innings for the Black and Gold and finished with eight hits and four earned allowed with nine strikeouts in the loss.
The Mountaineers travel to Charleston, S.C. for the Charleston Southern Tournament. The Apps will play Colgate at 11 a.m. and Charleston Southern at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Photo Courtesy: Sarah Warnock, ASU Athletics