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Appalachian State Softball Defeats East Tennessee State
App State softball picked up its sixth straight win on Tuesday with a 5-4 victory at ETSU’s home opener.
The win marks the longest winning streak for the Mountaineers since Apr. 11, 2021. On her birthday, Kaley Coltrain was involved in all five runs her team scored.
The graduate transfer started with an unearned run on a passed ball in the first after singling, giving the Black and Gold its fifth consecutive game with a run in the top of the first.
It looked like the Buccaneers would take a lead in the second inning with runners on second and third before Taylor Thorp snagged a double play by tagging her runner at third and assisting the last out at first.
App State increased the lead to two in the third inning by way of back-to-back doubles from Sidney Martin and Coltrain, who brought in Martin.
The Bucs tied it with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third before App State responded with a loud fifth inning.
Addie Wray and Kayt Houston began the fifth with consecutive singles. Coltrain followed that with a walk as Mckenzie McCullen stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. The senior hit the play of the game, doubling to center-field to bring in two. Thorp ended the three-run inning with a sacrifice fly that brought in Coltrain. Midway through the fifth, the score was 5-2.
The Buccaneers made a late comeback attempt that featured two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to one, but App State kept its streak alive with a feisty defensive effort.
Sejal Neas pitched the first three before Kaylie Northrop stepped into the circle to earn her second win of the season. The pitchers combined for five strikeouts while on the other side, the Mountaineers stole two bases (Houston, Mary Pierce Barnes).
App State will compete in the Tennessee Classic with games against Belmont, Jacksonville State and No. 6 Tennessee in a series of games that will last between Friday and Sunday.