Appalachian State University softball had an offensive explosion on Tuesday night in doubleheader action against ETSU.
The Mountaineers (15-22) sprayed a season-high 15 hits in a 9-2 game one victory. Carrying over to game two, the Apps tallied another 10 runs on 11 hits and would run-rule the Bucs in five innings, 10-1.
Game One: App State 9, ETSU 2
The Mountaineers would strike first in game one when Lindsay Loudermilk (Bluff City, Tenn./Sullivan East) would single home Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) who had hit a double prior to Loudermilk’s at bat. With a 1-0 lead, the Bucs would tie it in the bottom half with a solo home run off the bat of Taylor Carter.
In the third, the Apps would take off with the help of Parker’s sixth home run of the season with Ashley Seering (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) and Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) aboard to give App State a 4-1 lead and never look back.
Alex Sohl (Paducah, Ky./Lone Oak) grounded out in the fifth to score Loudermilk and make it 5-1 in favor of Appalachian. ETSU would come back with one in the bottom half when Kelsey Chernak singled home Alex Everett to bring it to 5-2.
The score would hold until the seventh inning when the Mountaineers would tally four runs. The inning started with a Loudermilk double and later an Ashley Best (Thomasville, N.C./Ledford) single. Kristen Terry (Kernersville, N.C./Glenn) would pinch run for Loudermilk and score on a Pepper Butler (Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Community) single to left field. Following a Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) single to load the bases, Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) singled home Terry to make it 7-2.
Warnock would walk and bring it to 8-2 and then Seering hit a sac fly to score Heichen and make it 9-2 in favor of the Mountaineers. Warnock finished 3-for-4, Loudermilk 3-for-5 and Parker, Butler and Alicia Van Winkle (Coppell, Texas/Coppell) all finished with two hits a piece in the season-high team hit parade.
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.
Game Two: App State 10, ETSU 1 F/5
The Black and Gold picked up right where it left off in game one. Heichen would lead off the game 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 would tack on its lone run of the contest 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 would single in Heichen and advance to second while advancing Terry to third. Seering would hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home Terry, while Parker would reach first base on an error that would score Warnock to make it 5-1. After a Loudermilk walk, Van Winkle would single softly to right field and bring home 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 return to action on Saturday when they travel to Elon for a Southern Conference weekend series. The doubleheader on Saturday begins at 1 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday slated for the same time.