BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State (23-9, 10-2 SBC) bounced back in game three of the weekend series against South Alabama (12-20, 2-10 SBC).
After a 14-5 loss in game two, the Mountaineers battled and took the series from the Jags with a 5-2 win in game three.
With the win, the Mountaineers have now won four out of four Sun Belt Conference series and maintain their second place position in conference standings.
Kenzie Longanecker picked up the win in the circle bringing her record to an astounding 14-1. With the win, Longanecker is now tied for second for most wins in a single season in program history as well as most in a career at 31. Her 1.87 ERA is good for second in both the Sun Belt Conference and App State history for a single season.
Jenny Dodd reached base safely for the 29th game in a row. The last time Dodd was not on a base in a game was on February 10 against Elon in the Elon Softball Opening Weekend Tournament. The only reason why she was unable to reach base was because she did not play in that game.
The last game Dodd did play in and was unable to get on was on April 29, 2018 against Georgia Southern. App State lost that game 3-0.
Alison Durrence hit her second home run of the weekend series on Sunday. She now has 9 home runs on the season and is tied for second in the Sun Belt.
The Mountaineers were ready to play on Sunday after the Jags had their way with the bats in game two.
In the second inning, Durrence set the tone with a solo shot to left field. From there on out, the Jags were forced to play from behind and without an edge.
South Alabama’s Dayla Gulledge answered in the third inning with a home run of her own to center field. Good pitching by Longanecker retired the side and allowed the Apps to add to their lead.
In the third, a single by Keri White and Caylie Kifer, along with a wild pitch by the Jags, allowed for Megan Walker to score. The movement along the base paths put a dent in the Jaguars defense and a spark in the Mountaineer bats.
A sac fly by Dodd and a single by Haley Stewart brought home White and Kifer to bring the score to 4-1 and decimated any momentum the Jags previously had. Ally Waltersdoubled to left field, scoring Kifer and forcing a pitching change for South Alabama.
Solid defense and pitching from both sides caused a stalemate in the action until the sixth inning.
The Jags’ Kennedy Cronan homered to center but served as the last bit of life for South Alabama.
The Mountaineers were all over the base path in the bottom of the sixth. A single by Walker and White brought around Sidney Russell for the final run of the game.
Longanecker and company ended any attempt at a comeback and took the seires.
“I am so proud of how our team responded after yesterday,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “It was a great series versus a very good South Alabama team. We continue to show our fight and heart for ASU Softball and each other.”
The Mountaineers stay in Boone through the week to take on North Carolina Central in a midweek doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for 4 p.m. followed by a 6 p.m. game two.