BOONE, N.C. –
Appalachian State softball dropped a pair to the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday, April 14, to conclude the Sun Belt series.
Despite two losses, Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium saw the highest attendance of the season with over 200 fans, including 30 alumni who were recognized on the field before the doubleheader. Katie Boyd, an alumna from the class of 2011, threw out the honorary first pitch.
Game Two (L, 5-17)
started in the circle for the Mountaineers, but Katie Williford
came in during the first inning to a bases-loaded situation with no outs. Two singles and a sacrifice fly allowed the Panthers to start off the game with a 3-0 lead. The Panthers continued with five runs in the top of the second inning for a larger lead. Calllie Kuykendall wrapped up the game pitching the final two innings.
The Mountaineers started to chip away in the third inning. Avery Wheatley
reached base and advanced to second on a throwing error committed by Georgia State's third baseman. The Panthers committed another error to allow Ally Walters
to reach base. Laura Sales
took advantage and grounded out to the left side to score Wheatley for the RBI. After three innings, the Panthers led 8-1.
The Apps scored another run in the fourth inning after Alisha Josey
drew a walk and Baylee Morton
doubled off the wall in center field. With A. Josey on third base, Haley Stewart
earned the RBI with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Georgia State scored two in the top of the fifth inning, but the Mountaineers did not let the game end early. One more run scored on Sales' infield single, Megan Walker
's single through the left side and A. Josey's double to right field to keep App State in the game. Walters cranked out her first home run of the season in the sixth inning to score two more. The Mountaineers pushed through but came up short in seven innings.
Game Three (L, 2-9)
The Mountaineers started out on top in the final game of the series with a 2-0 lead. Sales singled to the first baseman but ran into the out on A. Josey's fielder's choice. Jenny Dodd
reached base on a walk, and Heather Josey
reached on a fielder's choice. Back-to-back singles from Morton and Stewart allowed an RBI for Stewart. Walker's single up the middle followed for another RBI, putting two on the board for the Apps.
Georgia State came back with four runs in the second inning and one more in the top of the third. The Panthers held onto their 5-2 lead through the sixth inning and added four runs in the top of the seventh. The Mountaineers were unable to string their 12 hits together to overcome the Panthers in. their 2-9 loss.
The Mountaineers had 12 total hits in game three, the same amount of hits as Georgia State. Stewart went 3-4 at the plate. Walker, Walters and H. Josey each had two hits apiece. Dodd went 1-1 with three walks in game three.
The Mountaineers will head to UNCG for a midweek non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 18, before traveling to Mobile, Alabama, for the next Sun Belt series against South Alabama April 21-22.