The App State softball team (11-8) fell in its final game of the weekend against South Alabama (13-8), 4-0. The game was a pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Jaguars plated all four runs to take the series sweep.
Fifth-year senior Kenzie Longanecker (6-2) and freshman Oliva Lackie (9-3) squared up in the circle, both throwing a no-hitter until Longanecker gave up a hit in the bottom of the fifth to Belle Wolfenden. Lackie completed the no-hitter, striking out a career-high 16. The freshman gave up only two walks in her seven innings of work.
The sixth-inning breakthrough for the Jaguars started as Caroline Nichols singled to third base and was moved to second on a single from Kamdyn Kvistad. A fielder’s choice moved the winning run to third and Abby Krzywiecki singled to left field to bring her in.
South Alabama scored another on a single from Victoria Ortiz and a single from Kassidy Wilcox to go up 4-0 into the top of the seventh inning. Caylie Kifer walked to start the top of the seventh for the Mountaineers, but two strikeouts and a fly out to left field would end the game.
Sidney Russell was the other Mountaineer to reach safely, drawing a walk on a good at bat in the third inning. Longanecker ended her day with three strikeouts, giving up all four runs in the sixth. She walked one in the 25 batters she faced.
Six different Jaguars posted a hit, as Wilcox had two RBIs and Ortiz and Kryzwiecki added the other two. Nichols, Ortiz, Krzywiecki and pinch runner Bailey Welch each scored a run for South Alabama.
The Mountaineers will play in Boone for the first time next weekend, hosting Sun Belt opponent Texas State. The three-game series with the Bobcats begins on Friday, March 19.