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Brooke Kennerly
Brooke Kennerly went two-for-two batting for the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Softball Falls to 19th Ranked Texas State

In the second game of their three-game set in San Marcos, Texas, the App State Mountaineers fell 11-0 to the No. 19 Texas State Bobcats at Bobcat Softball Stadium. The Mountaineers tallied five hits and a double on Saturday.

Brooke Kennerly saw her first Sun Belt action against the Bobcats, making her eighth start of the year behind the plate and produced two hits in two at-bats. Her second-inning single to right field helped spark a scoring chance with two outs. Kayt Houston continued to see the ball well at the plate as she ripped a first-inning single, tallying her third hit of the weekend.

Freshman pitcher Ava Beamesderfer was a bright spot in the circle for the Mountaineers (15-12, 3-2 SBC) as she hurled 1.1 scoreless innings in relief. She retired four of the five Texas State (25-7, 4-1 SBC) batters she saw and recorded a strikeout in her outing.

A fourth-inning double off the bat of Killian Roberts gave App State its best scoring chance of the afternoon. Roberts has recorded at least one extra-base hit in three of the five conference games she’s appeared in to start her Mountaineer career.

App State’s bats started quickly on Saturday as Houston hustled out an infield hit to tally a baserunner to lead off the game. To that point, Houston had yet to be retired in the series, reaching base in all four plate appearances and recording three hits. The Texas State defense did well to quell the Mountaineer offense as a double play and a groundout ended the first.

Kaylie Northrop trekked to the circle in the bottom of the first to make her 10th start of the year and started well with a scoreless first inning. The lefty worked around a two-out single from Randolph by forcing a foul-out from Vanderford to end the first.

The Mountaineers started a rally in the second inning courtesy of two straight hits from Addie Wray and Kennerly with two outs. On the second pitch she saw, Wray laid down a perfect bunt between the pitcher and the first baseman to reach and Kennerly scorched a single through the right side to put a runner in scoring position for Macy Hamby. Hamby hit the ball hard, but it went straight to the Bobcat shortstop who made the play and ended the inning.

Texas State used the momentum generated by its defense and struck for six runs in the third inning. The Bobcats tallied six hits in the inning. A scoreless third brought the Bobcats back into the dugout and they added on five more in the fourth to make it 11-0.

Despite the deficit, Beamesderfer came in to relieve Alannah Hopkins in the third inning and did well to prevent any further offense from Texas State, inducing a flyout to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth, Roberts laced a two-out double just inside the first-base bag to put another runner in scoring position for the Mountaineers. The Bobcats forced a groundout to end the threat.

Beamesderfer came back out for the fourth inning and recorded a clean inning, striking out her first batter of the game. The freshman retired four of the five batters she saw, which allowed the Mountaineer bats a chance to extend the game in the fifth.

Leading off the fifth, Kennerly struck again with her second hit, this time a looping single that found a hole past the diving shortstop. After Hailey Webb, who pinch-ran for Kennerly, advanced to second on a passed ball, the Texas State defense retired the next three hitters in order to close out the home win.

App State’s weekend set with the No. 19 Texas State Bobcats concludes on Sunday with a 1 p.m. matchup at Bobcat Softball Stadium. Sunday’s contest can be streamed on ESPN+.