The Appalachian State University softball earned a split of its doubleheader with Western Carolina Saturday.
In game one, the Apps (10-16, 2-2 SoCon) defeated Western, 6-2. Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) led things off in the first inning with her third home run of the season and the sixth of her career.
Trailing 1-0, the Catamounts (13-17, 3-2 SoCon) captured the lead in the second inning scoring a pair of runs on an Amelia Griffin two-run single. But the Black and Gold exploded for five runs in the next two innings and built a comfortable 6-2 lead. Two costly errors by the Catamounts in the third inning handed App State three runs.
Caroline Rogers (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) with her first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth, and the eighth of her career.
Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed) got the win and evened up her record at 7-7 with her ninth complete game of the season and the 19th of her career. Landeros allowed just six hits and two runs to go along with seven strikeouts.
In game two, Western Carolina, thanks to winning pitcher Courtney Buchanan, blanked ASU, 5-0. Buchanan went five innings, scattered two hits, walked four and struck out four to get the win. App State only made three hits in the nightcap.
Kara Salvo led the way for Western with a solo home run in the first; she added an RBI single in the second inning.
The Catamounts broke the game open with three runs in the seventh. Taylor Sigmon added a two-run double in the frame.
Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) suffered the loss, dropping her record to 1-4 on the season. She went 6.2 innings allowing five runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.
The Mountaineers wrap it up Sunday against Western at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium with a 1 p.m. game.
Photo Courtesy: Caroline Rogers, ASU Athletics