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Appalachian State Softball Edges Out Louisiana-Monroe
Emily Parrott had a combined three-of-six effort at the plate in the doubleheader with two runs scored and an RBI.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Softball Edges Out Louisiana-Monroe

Emily Parrott’s go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning and five no-hit innings in another strong relief appearance from Sejal Neas helped App State softball overcome a five-run deficit in a 7-6 road victory against ULM on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (17-11, 5-3) clinched a Sun Belt series victory by taking the first two games of the three-game set against the Warhawks (17-10, 3-5), with Sunday’s finale scheduled for 1 p.m. ET (noon CT). Overall, App State has won its last nine meetings against ULM, including four wins by a single run.

A day after picking up a save in a 6-3 victory to open the weekend, Neas (3-1) entered with two on and nobody out in the third inning. The Mountaineers were able to erase a 6-1 deficit as Neas retired 15 of the 16 batters she faced, including the final 11.

All of App State’s scoring in a six-run fifth to move ahead 7-6 came with two outs. Pinch-hitter Kam Caldwell hit a two-run double to trim the Mountaineers’ deficit to 6-3, and consecutive walks preceded Parrott’s huge grand slam.

Baylee Morton’s one-out single in the fifth started the rally, and pinch-runner Abby Cunningham moved to second on McKenzie McCullen’s infield single. A fielder’s choice involving pinch-hitter Kati Waalk put runners at the corners, and Caldwell drove in both of them with a double to left.

Addie Wray , a Bunker Hill grad, and Emma Jones, both walked on 3-2 pitches to load the bases for Parrott, who homered for the third time this season. She had a walk-off homer to end App State’s first victory of the season.

­­The Mountaineers drew 10 walks and finished with an 8-2 advantage in hits, as Parrott and McCullen recorded two apiece.

App State starting pitcher Taylor Nichols allowed two earned runs in two innings, with four runs in a five-run second being unearned. Neas took over in the third and was nearly flawless in the 12th appearance of her freshman season.