The Appalachian State University softball had an offensive explosion on Tuesday night in doubleheader sweep of East Tennessee State. The Mountaineers (15-22) sprayed a season-high 15 hits in a 9-2 game one victory. They added 10 runs on 11 hits in a 10-1 win in game two.


In game one, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 4-1 lead thanks to a three-run homer by Cara Parker, her sixth home run of the year. Shivaun Landeros (Sparks, Nev./Edward C. Reed) won her ninth game of the season and pitched a complete game five-hitter, allowing just two runs and striking out five.


ASU broke the game open with four runs in the seventh. Pepper Butler, Cynthia Gomez, Sara Warnock and Ashley Seering each drove in a run.


In game two, the Black and Gold picked up right where it left off in the opener. Dani Heichen would lead things off with a double down the left field line and come around to score on a Warnock sac fly. In the third, Heichen would single with Terry singling immediately after. Warnock would drive in the run again on a single through the right side of the infield to lead 2-0.


ETSU picked up its only run of the game when Katie Wolff doubled in Nicole Fox cut it to 2-1. It would remain that way until the fifth inning when the Mountaineer bats got hot and App State would plate eight runs to seemingly put the game away.


Warnock singled in Heichen and advance to second while advancing Terry to third. Seering would hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home Kristen Terry; Parker reached on an error that scored Warnock to make it 5-1. After a Lindsay Loudermilk walk, Alicia Van Winkle singled softly to right field and that scored Seering.


The biggest hit of the game would be a bases clearing triple from Caroline Reid (Bear, Del./Caravel Academy). The triple was her first of the season and put the Mountaineers up 10-1 and run-rule the Bucs.


Sydney Laws (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) earned her fourth victory of the season only throwing 60 pitches in the contest. Laws pitched five innings, allowing four hits and just one run while striking out two in the effort.


Both Heichen and Terry finished 3-for-4 in the game, while Warnock and Reid both drove in three runs in the rout.


The Mountaineers travel to Elon for a Southern Conference weekend series. The doubleheader on Saturday begins at 1 p.m.; the series finale Sunday begins at 1 p.m.



Photo Courtesy: Cara Parker, App state Athletics