ORLANDO, FLA. – The App State softball team finished day two of the D9 Citrus Blossom Tournament with two wins, moving to 4-0 on the weekend. The Mountaineers took down Lehigh 2-1 in extra innings and followed it up with a 10-3 win over Saint Joseph’s.
The first game of the day was a pitcher’s duel, as Maddie Siemer and Taylor Nichols combined for the win in the circle for the Mountaineers. Nichols came on in relief to earn her first win of the season.
App State struck first in the bottom of the second, with Maegan Calandra starting the rally with a single through the left side. Mary Pierce Barnes moved her to second on a sacrifice bunt and a single from Gabby Buruato would score her.
Lehigh would even the score in the top of the fifth after stringing together three hits to plate its first run. With the score tied 1-1, Nichols took over and was able to work out of the inning.
From there, the game was scoreless until the bottom of the eighth. With the international tie-breaker rule in effect, Caylie Kifer was placed on second base. Alison Durrence moved her to second with a bunt and Kifer would score the game-winner after a throwing error by the pitcher.
In 4.1 innings of work, Siemer allowed seven hits and struck out two. Nichols went 3.2 innings, not allowing a hit and striking out to. Parker Boyd received the loss in the circle for the Mountain Hawks, throwing a complete game and allowing seven hits and one walk.
The App State bats came alive in the second game, scoring a season-high 10 runs to defeat SJU. Baylee Morton continued her strong season at the plate, hitting a grand slam in the top of the first inning to give the Mountaineers an early 4-0 lead.
Two more Mountaineer runs were scored in the third as Maegan Calandra hit a solo home run, the first of her career, and Sidney Russell doubled down the left field line to bring in an RBI. The fifth inning also saw two App State runs. The first run was scored off a throwing error by the right fielder. Taylor Thorp would bring in the second run after she grounded out to the short stop to make it 8-0.
The Hawks broke through in the bottom of the fifth inning after a walk and a double scored their first run. The second run was scored on a Mountaineer error and the Hawks final run was scored on an error in the sixth.
App State didn’t let up, scoring two more in the top of the seventh. Barnes and Thorp each reached base on a single and Russell would score both of them after a single down the right field line to bring the Mountaineer run total to 10.
Sydney Holland and Camryn Brazile both saw action in the circle during the second game, with Holland getting the start and the win. The senior threw 6.2 innings and gave up one run on two hits. Camryn Brazile came on in the fifth and gave up two hits and two runs. Holland would return in the fifth with one out to work out of the inning.
For SJU, starter Amanda Herr received the loss in the circle, giving up five hits and four runs in her two innings of work. Saige Stutz came on in relief and gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks.
App State will play its final game of the D9 Citrus Blossom Tournament against Bethune-Cookman tomorrow. First pitch is set for 9 a.m.