The App State softball team (21-14) picked up a pair of non-conference wins in a doubleheader against ETSU (5-30) on Wednesday. The Mountaineers won the first game by a final score of 8-1 and an 8-0 victory in the nightcap after just five innings of play. App State tallied five home runs on the day, contributed by four different players. Defensively, the Mountaineers only gave up one run on the day across twelve innings.
The two games against the Bucs were just scheduled on Monday and came as a late addition to the Mountaineer’s schedule after this matchup was originally canceled in March. The importance of executing tonight was important for App State as they return to Sun Belt Conference play this weekend. “I thought we saw the ball really well today. It was a contribution from the entire team. To see so much success from everyone was really, really important going into this weekend against South Alabama,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner.
In game one, the Mountaineers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, tally back-to-back three-run innings in the first and second. The deadlock was broken after Emma Jones came home via an RBI single from Kayt Houston. The Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week then came home for the second run of the game after McCullen was able to reach first on an error. Addie Wray’s RBI-single plated Baylee Morton to put App State up three runs after the first inning.
Emily Parrott singled through the left side to score Kennedy Upshire for the first run of the second inning. In the next at bat, Houston belted a pitch over the center field wall push the Mountaineer advantage to 6-0.
Addison Jones added a run in the bottom of the third after scoring on an ETSU error. The Bucs answered back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring their lone run of the day after Sara Muir made it home after an App State error at the plate. Katelynn Crowe grabbed the last run of Game 1 after Hailey Webb drew a bases-loaded walk, cementing the score at 8-1.
In game two, after a scoreless first inning, the duo of Parrott and Houston struck again. With the bases loaded, Parrott connected on the first pitch she saw to tally her second grand slam of the season. Two pitches later, Houston tabbed her second home run of the day as she now has 11 bombs on the year. That mark puts here in sole possession of the fourth-most home runs in a single season in App State softball history.
In the bottom of the third, Morton torched a pitch to right center which pushed the lead to 6-0. Then, a single from Jones up the middle scored Wray to put the Mountaineers up seven. After there was nothing doing in the fourth for either squad, Mary Pierce Barnes cracked a solo home run, giving the Mountaineers the walk-off victory in the night’s second contest.
Four Mountaineers went yard on the night. Houston had two home runs and the trio of Parrott, Morton and Barnes each recorded one. Houston ended her night with four hits, four runs batted in and she scored three times. Wray and Jones posted identical stat lines, each registering four hits, one RBI and two runs scored.
Delani Buckner and Taylor Nichols each featured in Game 1. Buckner tossed the first six innings, giving up just three hits and striking out four while giving up no earned runs. Nichols came in for the final inning, retiring the side and recording two punch outs. Sejal Neas dealt a one-hit, complete game performance in the night cap as she struck out a pair of Buccaneers.
The Mountaineers return to action on Friday when they open up a three-game weekend series against Sun Belt foe South Alabama. First pitch for Friday’s series opener is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and all three games of the series will be broadcasted on ESPN+.