JOHNSON CITY, TENN. – Appalachian State (21-8) defeated East Tennessee State (16-12-2) for the second time this season. This time at ETSU, the Mountaineers put up five runs on seven hits and two errors in the 5-0 shutout of the Buccaneers.
The two previously faced off a week ago in Boone, NC where the Mountaineers had 10 hits with two home runs in the 7-1 victory.
With the win, the Mountaineers continue the best start to a season in program history. Appalachian has a 12-2 record in the last 14 games alongside an 11-4 record on the road.
Jenny Dodd continues her own streak of reaching base safely for the 26th straight game. With a walk in the seventh inning, Dodd maintained the streak and added to her now 32 total walks on the season. That number is good for second in the nation and first in the Sun Belt.
Sidney Russell has also reached base safely in 17 straight games.
Sydney Holland picked up the win in the circle. Holland, now 7-4 with a 2.03 ERA, recorded three strikeouts and one walk in the win. Taylor Nichols finished the seventh inning and preserved the shutout.
Keri White started the game with a lead off walk to get the offense started for the Mountaineers. Haley Stewart brought her home with a single to left center and the black and gold would not look back.
A passed ball and an error allowed for Alison Durrence to add to the score in the second inning. The third and fourth innings would be dominated by defense as the Mountaineers were only allowed one hit while the Bucs stranded four runners.
A single by White and a sac fly by Dodd in the fifth inning would spark the Mountaineer offense again, scoring Gabby Buruato. Carrying over to the sixth innning, Allison Durrence spent her only hit of the day on a two-run home run over the center field wall to finish off the offense for the Mountaineers. Durrence now has seven total home runs on the season.
“I liked our aggressive mentality today both offensively and on the mound,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “Keri continues to set the tone getting on base which is a spark for our team. Sydney pitched a great game; she continues to get better as the year goes on. I’m proud and very thankful for our family environment; it really is something special this year.”
The Mountaineers head back into Sun Belt play on Friday against South Alabama. This is the first home conference series of the season for App. They have won all three Sun Belt series so far, sweeping Georgia Southern and ULM in the process. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. Friday, March 29.