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Grace Barrett
Grace Barrett went two-for-three with two runs scored.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Softball Sweeps Doubleheader at Home Against ETSU

App State’s offense, pitching and defense were clicking on all cylinders Monday in a doubleheader sweep of East Tennessee State in the Mountaineers’ first home softball games of the season.

App State (11-10) won game one 12-3 in six innings before shutting out the Buccaneers (4-14) by a 13-0 score in the second game behind a five-inning no-hitter from Kaylie Northrop. The senior from Richland, Wash., tossed the fourth no-hitter in program history to earn her fifth win of the season.

Game 1: App State 12, ETSU 3
App State’s bats were alive early and often in the 2024 home debut, which doubled as head coach Shelly Hoerner’s 150th win on the mountain. The Mountaineers scored four runs in the first, courtesy of a two-run single by Peyton Darnell, an ETSU wild pitch and a Killian Roberts sacrifice fly.

That was all the insurance the Mountaineers’ pitching staff needed. Starter Sejal Neas pitched three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four, including her 150th career strikeout as a Mountaineer. Alannah Hopkins tossed the next two innings, followed by Ava Beamesderfer. The trio combined to allow six hits and three runs, while strikeout out seven and walking two.

There were numerous heroes at the plate who helped the home team rack up 14 hits and 12 runs. Foremost was Roberts, whose game one line went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, a run scored and four RBIs. Kayt Houston was 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, two runs and two RBIs. Grace Barrett and Abby Cunningham also put together multi-hit outings.

Ten total Mountaineers reached base safely in the opening game.

Game 2: App State 13, ETSU 0
Kaylie Northrop dazzled over five innings on her way to App State’s fourth no-hitter in program history.

Northrop retired 15 of the 16 ETSU batters she faced, collecting seven strikeouts and walking one. The previous three Mountaineer no-hitters were recorded by Jennifer Hurley in 2005, Ashley Stubbs in 2009 and Sydney Holland in 2020.

Equally as dominant as Northrop’s historic performance were the Mountaineers’ bats. After scoring three runs over the first two frames, App State put a 10-spot on the board in the bottom of the third for the dagger.

Four Mountaineers had multi-hit performances, led by Grace Barrett’s 3-for-3 outing in which she scored three times and drove in three runs. Kayt Houston, Peyton Darnell and Addie Wray also had two hits apiece in the onslaught.

Darnell and Barrett both doubled and homered in the contest, while Wray had a special 2-for-2 outing with a double and a triple, scoring twice and driving in a pair.

App State’s defense was errorless in both games.

App State plays one more non-conference game Wednesday at UNC Greensboro before embarking on Sun Belt play this weekend against Georgia State in Atlanta.