NASHVILLE, TENN. – Appalachian State (10-6) finished its trip to the Music City with a win in extra innings against Tennessee State (2-7).
Four Mountaineers had a multi-hit game against the Tigers. Keri White and Jenny Dodd each had three hits apiece to contribute to the team’s season-high 13 combined hits.
After a five-run first inning for the Tigers, the Mountaineers lessened their lead to one run in the top of the third off of two hits and three errors. In the top of the fourth, App State took the lead after singles from White, Haley Stewart and Mary Pierce Barnes and a double from Dodd, to make the score 6-5.
The Tigers tied up the score in the bottom of the seventh to take the Mountaineers to extra innings. With the International Tie Breaker rule in effect, the Apps pulled ahead with help from a sacrifice bunt from White, a sacrifice fly from Caylie Kifer and a solo homer from Dodd over the 220-foot centerfield fence.
The Mountaineers secured the win in the top of the ninth, scoring two runs. Tennessee State’s sole run in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough to defeat the Apps.
Junior Sydney Holland (4-4) picked up the win, entering the game in the first inning to relieve Kenzie Longanecker during a two-out, bases-loaded situation. In her 8.1 innings pitched, she struck out five batters and limited walks to two. Holland allowed six of the Tigers’ 10 hits.
The Mountaineers continue their road trip to Statesboro, Ga., after this weekend’s Sun Belt opener has been moved to Georgia Southern. The series will start on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. followed by game two on Friday at 3 p.m. and finish on Saturday at 1 p.m.