App State softball (6-4) completed the series win for the second straight weekend, taking game four against UNCW (2-4), 7-1. The Seahawks took game three, 5-2.
App State came out early in the first game, scoring its first run with two outs in the top of the first. Baylee Morton reached safely on a walk, followed by a bunt single from Kayt Houston. Morton was able to move to third on a throwing error by the second baseman. Mary Pierce Barnes then singled to bring in Morton and give the Mountaineers the 1-0 lead.
UNCW answered in the bottom of the second, tying the game up after a runner reached base on a Mountaineer error. The Seahawks were able to push the run across off a sacrifice fly. UNCW followed that up with three more runs in the bottom of the third, posting two singles and a two-run home run to take a 4-1 lead heading to the fourth. The Seahawks scored their final run in the fifth off of one hit and one error.
The Mountaineers had opportunities in the third and the fourth to tie it up, ending both innings with the bases loaded. App State left 12 total runners on base in the loss. App State put one more run up in the sixth as Gabby Buruato singled to center field. Emma Jones reached safely on an error, followed by a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and second. Houston doubled to score Jones.
Houston ended game one with two hits and an RBI, while Barnes added the other RBI with one hit. Freshman Delani Buckner received the loss in the circle, pitching three innings and giving up four runs on five hits. Camryn Brazile came on in relief in the fourth, giving up one run on three hits.
Jada Santiago led the way for the Seahawks, hitting the two-run home run in the third. Skylar Stockton also added two hits and an RBI. Logan Bjorson received the win in the circle, pitching one and a third and only giving up one hit and one run.
The Mountaineers jumped on the Seahawks in the second inning, scoring five runs to take the lead. With one out, Buruato singled to center field and was moved to second when Taylor Thorp walked. Emily Parrott singled to left field and all runners moved up a base off an error from the left fielder, scoring Buruato.
Keri White knocked in three more, hitting her first home run of the season. Jones followed that up with a bunt single and then stole second, putting her in scoring position for Houston who singled to score Jones.
The Seahawks plated one in the bottom half of the second, with a double to left center and then a single to center field to cut the Mountaineer lead to 5-1.
App State tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh, with Buruato hitting her first triple of the season to score Kifer, who reached safely on a single to right field. Thorp scored Buruato off a sacrifice fly to right field to push the lead to 7-1.
Kenzie Longanecker (3-0) was solid in the circle for the Mountaineers, pitching the complete game win and giving up only one run on six hits. She ended her day with four strikeouts.
The Mountaineers return to action on March 9, making the short trip to Johnson City to take on East Tennessee State in a mid-week doubleheader.