Cara Parker belted a pair of home runs and the Appalachian State University softball team wrapped up the regular season with a 5-3 win against Furman on Sunday afternoon in Greenville, S.C.
The Win also gives App State (19-30 overal; 7-13 Southern Conference) the No.7 seed in the SoCon Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.
Parker got things started with a two-run homer in the second inning that gave the Apps an early 2-0 lead. The Mountaineers added to their lead with two more runs in the third.
Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter), who finished the season with a 17-game hitting streak, led things off with a single. Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) followed with a single, and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Warnock. Lindsay Loudermilk (Bluff City, Tenn./Sullivan East) stepped in and delivered a two -run single into center field giving the Apps a 4-0 lead.
The Paladins (28-24, 12-8 SoCon) narrowed the gap with three runs in the fourth. Ambree Muller and Natalie Clemmons had back-to-back doubles and Hannah Pace homered making it 4-3, But Parker App State an insurance run in the sixth with her second home run of the day, a solo shot to left.
Parker was 2-3 with two home runs and three RBI. She has 10 home runs and 29 RBI on the season. Loudermilk was 2-3 with two RBI. Loudermilk is tied with Parker for the team lead in RBI with 29.
Sydney Laws (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) (6-8) made her econd consecutive start and got the win. She gave up three runs, all earned, on five hits with a strikeout. and pitched four innings Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) tossed the last three innings and picked up her first save of the year.
The SoCon Tournament begins Wednesday at UNC-Greensboro. The Apps, a No.7 seed, will play Chattanooga, the No.2 seed, in the opening round at 10 a.m.
2014 Southern Conference Softball Championship UNCG Softball Stadium Greensboro, N.C.
Wednesday, May 7
Game 1: #2 Chattanooga vs. #7 Appalachian State, 10 a.m.
Game 2: #3 Furman vs. #6 Western Carolina, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3: #1 Georgia Southern vs. #8 Elon, 3 p.m.
Game 4: #4 Samford vs. #5 UNCG, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 8
Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 9 a.m.
Game 6: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 11:30 p.m.
Game 7: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 2 p.m.
Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 4:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 8 Loser vs. Game 5 Winner, 7:00 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, May 9
Game 11: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 10 a.m.
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 12:30 p.m.
Game 13 (if necessary): Game 11 Loser vs. Game 11 Winner, 3:00 p.m.
Game 14 (if necessary): Game 12 Loser vs. Game 12 Winner, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 15
Game 15: Game 11/13 Winner vs. Game 12/14 Winner, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Photo Courtesy: Cara Parker, App State Athletics