STATESBORO, GA. – Appalachian State (13-6) completed its first ever Sun Belt sweep with a 6-5 win over Georgia Southern (13-10) in eight innings on Saturday.
Eight of nine Mountaineers had a hit in today’s game with Cayle Kifer leading the way, going 3-3 against the Eagles. Ally Walters helped the Mountaineers as well with her second homer of the season.
Haley Stewart saw plenty of action on defense. She was responsible for all three outs in the first inning with an unassisted double play and a groundout. Stewart gathered eight putouts in the field against the Eagles.
Georgia Southern scored first, scoring two in the bottom of the first inning on back-to-back singles followed by a two-run double.
The Mountaineers answered with five runs in the top of the third inning. Kifer and Jenny Dodd drew back-to-back walks to lead off before Stewart reached on a fielding error at shortstop to load the bases. Mary Pierce Barnes drove in the first run with a single to right field, and another run scored on a fielding error. Russell earned the RBI single before Ally Walters smashed her second homer of the season over the left field fence to bring the Mountaineers to a 5-2 lead.
The Eagles tied it up with two runs scored in the bottom of the third and a solo home run in the fifth. After two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh, the Apps pulled ahead in the top of the eighth. Keri White singled through the left side. Kifer followed with a bunt for a hit in front of the plate. Stewart drove in the winning run on a single through the left side.
Kenzie Longanecker picked up her seventh win in the circle after finishing out the final five innings of the game. She struck out seven batters of the 18 at bats. Maddie Siemer and Taylor Nichols combined pitched the first three innings. As a staff, the Mountaineers limited the Eagles to seven hits without walking a single batter.
The Mountaineers head home after nine days on the road. They will continue play on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, Mar. 13. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Boone.