App State (8-4) tallied two wins on Friday, defeating North Carolina A&T (0-10) 15-1 (5 innings) and 8-4. The 15-1 win in game one is the Mountaineers’ largest margin of victory this season.
The Mountaineers jumped out early on the Aggies and never looked back in game one. A wild pitch scored the first run for the Mountaineers as Keri White worked her way around the bases to set up for the score.
App State did not let up as they scored three in the second. Maegan Calandra doubled to bring in two and Emma Jones singled to bring in another.
The top of the fourth was the breakthrough inning for the Mountaineer bats, scoring nine runs off of four hits and two errors. Baylee Morton tallied two RBIs in the fourth, singling down the left field line to score White and Emily Parrott.
Kayt Houston followed it up with a single to center field to score Jones, followed by two walks with the bases loaded to tack on two more. Houston scored off an error by the shortstop and Parrott brought in two more with a single to center field. Parrott scored the final run of the inning on an error by the right fielder to take the 14-0 lead.
The Aggies scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth off a single to left center. App State added one more in the fifth as Allie Sewell reached base on an error and scored as Addison Jones hit a ground out to first base. With the 8-run run rule in effect, the Mountaineers shut down NC A&T to take the win in five innings.
Kenzie Longanecker (4-0) received the win in the circle, throwing three shutout innings and giving up just two hits. She ended her day with three strikeouts. Taylor Nichols threw the fourth inning, giving up one run off a hit and two walks. Amala Clawson threw the final inning for App State, giving up one hit.
Calandra, Morton and Parrott ended game one each with two RBIs and Jones led the way with two hits. Seven different Mountaineers tallied a hit in the win.
The Mountaineer bats came through again in the second game, scoring two runs in the top of the second to take the lead. Mary Pierce Barnes started the rally with a single to left field and was moved to third by a sacrifice bunt and a single from Gabby Buruato. Sidney Russell scored Barnes off a sacrifice fly to right field. Parrott tallied her third RBI of the day with a single to right center to score Buruato.
The Aggies were able to push a run across in the bottom of the second, piecing together two walks and a single up the middle to cut into the App State lead. The Mountaineers answered in the third, scoring a run of their own off a triple from Houston to score Jones who singled to third base.
App State continued its scoring in the fourth, scoring four runs off of three hits. Parrott doubled to bring in a run, and a bunt single from White brought in Parrott. A double down the right field line from Houston brought in the last two runs in the inning.
The bottom of the fourth saw three more runs from the Aggies off of three doubles, but those would be their last runs of the game. App State tacked on one more in the fifth, as Buruato scored on a throwing error by the third baseman.
Sydney Holland (3-1) threw the complete game win in the circle, giving up eight hits and four walks. The senior tallied seven strikeouts on the day.
Houston led the team with three RBIs in game two, followed by Parrott with two. Houston, Jones, Buruato and Parrott each ended game two with two hits apiece.
The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday, taking on North Carolina Central in a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. in Durham.