BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State softball swept Tennessee Tech in the home-opening doubleheader on Saturday, March 3. The Apps had two comeback wins, 3-2 in the first game and 10-8 in the second game. The Mountaineers improved to a 6-10 overall record.
Jenny Dodd had a fantastic day with three home runs in two games. Dodd went 1-2 in the first game when she hit her first home run of the season. She was 2-3 in the second game with two more home runs. All three home runs allowed go-ahead runs for the Mountaineers to take two from Tennessee Tech. Her three home runs combined for six RBIs today.
Game One (W, 3-2)
After two perfect innings, the Apps scored their first run in the bottom of the third. Ally Walters was the first run across the plate on the day. The Golden Eagles answered with two runs in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer.
It was not until the bottom of the sixth that the Apps regained the lead. Alisha Josey started the inning with a double to the left center fence. Jenny Dodd smacked her first home run of the season to take over the lead, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Mountaineers.
Kenzie Longanecker threw 4-2/3 innings for the Mountaineers and allowed four hits with two walks and both of the Golden Eagles’ runs. Katie Williford was awarded the win after the Mountaineers made the comeback in the sixth inning. Williford pitched 2-1/3 innings with two allowed hits and two walks. The two combined for 113 pitches in the first game against Tennessee Tech.
Game Two (W, 10-8)
App State came out swinging to start off the second game of the doubleheader. Sidney Russell sparked the Mountaineer offense with a single up the middle. Alisha Josey followed with a single to center field, scoring Russell from second base after she advanced to second base on a passed ball. Haley Stewart earned an RBI after a single through the right side to score A. Josey. Dodd hit her second homer of the day for two RBIs. The Mountaineers scored four in the bottom of the first inning.
The Golden Eagles hit a solo home run from Callen Griffin to lessen the Apps’ lead, 4-1. Julianna Roupas got the Mountaineers out of the inning with a fly out and a pop up.
The Apps were not done on offense after a four-run first inning. Keri White doubled to left field and stole third base. Sidney Russell trailed with a double to score White for back-to-back doubles from the Mountaineers. Stewart’s groundout scored Russell for an RBI and the second run of the second inning.
The Golden Eagles scored six in the top of the third off of seven hits. Annaleise Kennedy came in to relieve Roupas, but Callie Kuykendall came in to finish the inning. At the end of the third, Tennessee Tech led 7-6. Once again, Dodd regained the lead for the Mountaineers with a two-run home run, her third of the day and third of the season. Alisha Josey sent a two-RBI homer out of the park in the bottom of the fifth inning. At the end of the fifth, the score was 10-7 in favor of the Mountaineers.
The Golden Eagles scored one in the top of seventh on a passed ball, but it was not enough to pull ahead of the Mountaineers. Callie Kuykendall was the winning pitcher, throwing 4-1/3 innings, allowing only one hit and walking one batter. Kuykendall had three strikeouts. The Mountaineer pitching staff threw 108 pitches, 27 pitches less than Kayla Hughes from Tennessee Tech.
Four Mountaineers had multi-hit games in the second game to contribute to a 10-8 win.