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Addie Wray
Bunker Hill grad Addie Wray was one of only two Mountaineers to record a hit in the contest.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Softball Drops Doubleheader to Queens

App State softball dropped a 3-2 contest against Queens in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday before falling in the second matchup, 5-2.

Despite the outing, Riley Becker stole the show with the first hit of her career in the bottom of the sixth of Game 2 – a home run over the left field wall.

All five pitchers on App State’s roster saw playing time and collectively allowed just four earned runs across two games.

Game 1 Recap (Queens 3, App State 2)
The Mountaineers struck first in the afternoon, landing two runs by leadoff hitters Kayt Houston and Sidney Martin in the bottom of the first, but would not score again as the Royals slowly took a one-run advantage across the next two innings.

In the final four innings, the Mountaineers retired all but one batter, putting out 12 of 13. Kathleen Barton caught a couple of impressive high balls from the first-base area and Kylie LaRousa caused two foul-outs at home plate. With the sun facing her in left field, Emily Parrott sprinted for a few putouts that kept the Mountaineers within striking distance.

Delani Buckner pitched the first five before Kaylie Northrop took over midway through the sixth. The Mountaineers allowed just one earned run in the first game of the day.

Mary Pierce Barnes tallied one hit and one RBI, and Houston notched a hit as well.

Game 2 Recap (Queens 5, App State 2)
After a 3-0 start by the Royals, Parrott sprung momentum in the bottom of the third with an RBI double down the left field line to bring in Houston’s second run of the day. However, App State would not score again until Becker’s bomb in the sixth.

Sejal Neas, Alannah Hopkins and Kapri Toone all saw time in the circle, summing five strikeouts, four earned runs and eight hits.

Parrott tallied another hit in addition to her double, and Addie Wray punched a single to second base in the fourth inning.

The Mountaineers will hit the road for a Sun Belt series at Georgia Southern this week, starting on Thursday at 6 p.m.