BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State Softball (8-3) looks to further a seven-game win streak this weekend at the Purple/Gold Challenge at Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. The Mountaineers will face Miami (Ohio), Lipscomb and Eastern Illinois Mar. 1-2.
First pitch of the weekend is set for Friday, Mar. 1 at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT) against Miami (Ohio) followed by a game at 4 p.m. ET against tournament-host Lipscomb. On Saturday, Mar. 2, the Apps take on Miami (Ohio) for the second time at 11 a.m. ET before facing Eastern Illinois at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Mountaineers are currently tied for the longest win streak in program history and currently hold the longest win streak in the Sun Belt. Their 8-3 start is the best in program history in the first eleven games of any season since the program began in 2001.
Scouting Miami (6-4)
The Redhawks maintain a team batting average of .258 in their 10 games played so far this season. Ashton Slone, appearing in nine games with eight starts, boasts a 4.17 batting average above the rest of the Redhawks. Four batters maintain an average above .300 as well. Johniann Wahl is an offensive threat with a team-high three home runs and 11 hits.
Miami went 4-1 two weeks ago in a tournament at UNLV. Friday’s game at 11 a.m. ET against App State will be their first game since Sunday, Feb. 17.
Scouting Lipscomb (8-6-1)
The Bison faced Sun Belt opponent South Alabama on Feb. 15, resulting in an 8-5 loss. Most recently, Lipscomb faced Elon in two close matchups. In 11 innings, Lipscomb defeated the Phoenix 5-4. On Sunday, the Phoenix and Bison ended in a tie due to travel arrangements.
Katie Turner is a double threat, leading the offensive lineup with a .421 batting average in her nine appearances while holding lowest ERA on the pitching staff of the Bison at 1.99 with a 4-1 record. Jordan Fortel follows with a .392 batting average, starting in every game the Bison have played.
Scouting Eastern Illinois (3-11)
Eastern Illinois has played two Sun Belt opponents so far this season, going 0-2 against Troy and 1-1 against Georgia State. They are coming off an eight-game losing streak, including a 0-5 record at the Tiger Invitational at Auburn last weekend.
Two Panthers, Megan Burton and Breya Cooper, maintain a .333 batting average at the top of the offense. The pitching staff has split time fairly equally among McKenna Coffman, Valerie Thompson and Jade Montgomery. In the circle, Montgomery leads in innings pitched (31.1), but Coffman posts the lowest EAR (2.22) in her 28.1 innings.