App State softball (14-10, 1-5 SBC) defeated Georgia State (12-15, 0-7) in extra innings Friday night to earn its first conference win of the season. The 6-5 victory is the Mountaineers’ second straight extra-inning victory.
The game was a back-and-forth affair as there were three lead changes throughout the game. Both teams came out swinging as the Mountaineers racked up 14 hits, while the Panthers tallied 10.
The Panthers opened the first inning with a run to take the lead, as Daisy Hess singled up the middle and Bailee Richardson doubled to bring her in. Skylar Mosel put another run on the board to lead off the second, hitting a solo home run to right center.
App State tied the game up in the bottom of the second, as Sidney Russell reached on a fielder’s choice to put her on base for Emily Parrott, who stepped up to the plate and hit her first home run of the season to tie the game up at two apiece.
The Mountaineers capitalized on Panther mistakes to take the lead in the fourth, with Gabby Buruato leading off with a single to left field. Russell moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt and Taylor Thorp walked to put runners on first and second. Buruato was able to score on a passed ball and Thorp moved to third. Keri White then singled to bring in the final run of the inning.
The top of the fifth saw another Georgia State run to cut into the Mountaineer lead as the Panthers capitalized on a Mountaineer error. The Panthers took the lead back in the top of the sixth as Olivia Davis hit a home run to center field to bring in Alyssa Brumelow who reached safely on a single.
The slug fest continued as App State evened the score at 5-5 in the sixth when Russell homered to left field, her second of the season. The Mountaineers held the Panthers scoreless in the top of the seventh but were unable to convert bases loaded into a run in the bottom, forcing the game into extra innings.
Georgia State was sat down in order in the top of the eighth, allowing the Mountaineers to take the win in walk-off fashion in the bottom half of the inning.
Parrott came up clutch again, starting the inning off with a double to left center. After a failed bunt attempt and a foul out, Baylee Morton came up to the plate with two outs and drew a walk, opening the door for Kayt Houston. The freshman came up big, singling to left field to bring in Parrott as the game-winning run.
Kenzie Longanecker (8-3) was tough in the circle for App State, earning the win and striking out three in her eight innings pitched. White and Parrott each ended the game with three hits and Parrott tallied two RBIs.
For Georgia State, Elle Doolittle (0-1) came on in relief for starter Sophie Mooney in the sixth inning and ultimately received the loss in the circle, giving up five hits and one run. Richardson and Davis each had two hits, as well as two RBIs.
Game two of the three-game series will take place tomorrow (weather dependent) with first pitch at 3 p.m. at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.