BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University softball will return home for a weekend series against Southern Conference opponent, College of Charleston.
The Mountaineers will play a single game on Friday, March 29 before taking on the Cougars in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 30. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.
This is the 42nd meeting between the Mountaineers and the Cougars. College of Charleston leads the all-time series 32-9 over Appalachian.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
• Appalachian split with Winthrop in a mid-week doubleheader before going 1-2 against Chattanooga in a SoCon series this past weekend.
• The Apps dropped a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 before coming back on Sunday and taking game three of the series from the Mocs.
• The Mountaineers come into the weekend series with a 12-11 record and a 6-3 record in the SoCon.
• App State looks to continue its winning ways at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium as it has posted a 3-0 record so far this season at home and 9-7 at home since the stadium was renovated before the 2012 season.
• The Apps have not lost a regular-season home game since April 21, 2012 when they dropped the doubleheader against Georgia Southern.
• Allie Cashion continues to lead the charge for Appalachian offensively with a .397 batting average and a .778 slugging percentage. The senior outfielder has started 19 games with 25 hits, 19 RBI and a team-high five home runs. Cashion’s nine doubles on the season ranks her tied for second in the SoCon, while her 49 total bases ties her for seventh in the conference.
• Sarah Warnock has a team-high 29 hits as she posted a home run to help the Apps to a 5-1 victory against Chattanooga last weekend.
• Junior Lindsay Loudermilk hit two home runs last weekend against Chatt as she ties for second on the team with three. The first baseman has 25 hits on the season with four doubles and a team-high 22 RBI. Loudermilk’s 22 RBI ranks her sixth in the conference, while her .422 on-base percentage ranks her tenth in the conference.
• Sophomore Ashley Seering has stepped up for Appalachian at the plate as she has 19 hits on the season and five doubles which ties for second.
• Four Apps have 20 or more hits through the first 23 games, while eight have at least ten or more.
• The Black and Gold are out-hitting opponents 175-145, while posting a .275 team batting average and keeping competition to a .240 batting average.
• Sophomore pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf earned the decision in four of the five games Appalachian played last week, posting a 2-2 record. Schoelkopf has made 17 appearances this season with a 8-6 record in 81.2 innings. The right-handed hurler has a team-high 75 strikeouts and has allowed 44 earned runs for a 3.77 ERA in seven complete games.
• Freshman Shivaun Landeros has made 16 appearances for the Apps this season as she posts a 4-4 record after suffering a loss to Winthrop last week. Landeros has pitched four complete games in 68.0 innings with 28 strikeouts and 35 earned runs for a team-best 3.60 ERA.
• Katherine Johnson made her third appearance of the season against Winthrop after dealing with injuries throughout the season. The sophomore transfer has pitched 4.0 innings and has an 0-1 record on the season.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• CofC posts a 15-12 overall record and a 6-2 Southern Conference record entering this weekend’s three-game series.
• Most recently, the Cougars split a doubleheader with Charleston Southern, taking game one 2-1 before falling 6-4 in game two.
• College of Charleston split with Georgia Southern in a weekend doubleheader before game three of the SoCon series was cancelled due to weather.
• Junior Kelsey Hodgson leads the Cougars as she ranks seventh in the SoCon with a .347 batting average. The third baseman ranks third in the SoCon with a .786 slugging percentage and eighth with 22 RBI.
• Carly Corthell has posted 21 hits on the season for College of Charleston with a .263 batting average.
• The freshman duo of Chandler Frisbie and Rebecca Mueller have stepped up and made immeidiate impacts in the roster for the Cougars this season, as Frisbie has a .311 batting average and Mueller has knocked in 12 RBI.
• Frisbie has added 23 hits, 15 RBI and eight runs, while Mueller has started all 27 games in the outfield for CofC.
• As a team the Cougars have a .244 batting average, while opponents are hitting .259 against the CofC pitching.
• College of Charleston is being out-hit 167-187 on the season and has only 84 RBI compared to opponents 106.
• Sophomore pitcher Hope Klicker has made 16 appearances in the circle for the Cougars as she posts a 9-5 record with nine complete games.
• The left hander thrower has a team-high 83 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 84.0 innings pitched.
• Senior Stephanie Saylors has made 14 appearnaces with a 6-5 record on the season. The senior has thrown 53.1 innings with 36 strikeouts and a 4.99 ERA.
• Freshman Valerie Cassell is the final pitcher who has recorded a decision as she is 0-2 on the season in 10 appearance with a team-best 2.42 ERA in 26.0 innings.
• As a staff, CofC posts a 3.56 ERA, allowing 91 earned runs in 179.0 innings.
• College of Charleston earned the series sweep against the Apps last season, taking three games.
• Appalachian fell 7-3 in game one of the doubleheader before losing 6-0 in game two.
• Warnock, Cashion and Meghan Smith all went 2-for-4 at the plate in game one to lead Appalachian.
• Despite out-hitting the Cougars 10-6 the Mountaineers were unable to pull off a victory as CofC score five runs in the first three innings before Appalachian could get on the board in the fifth.
• Dani Heichen was the only App to record multiple hits in game two as she went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Cashion added one hit.
• CofC pitcher Hope Klicker earned the win in game two as she had ten strikeouts and went 2-for-3 at the plate.
• In game three the Black and Gold were three-hit as Caroline Rogers had two and Cashion posted one hit in the Apps 3-1 loss.
• The Mountaineers battled back in the top of the seventh inning as Rogers doubled to left center before a Cynthia Gomez groundout would score Rogers, but the lone run was not enough to earn the victory.
• Appalachian has not earned a win against CofC since April 3, 2011 when they swept the doubleheader with a 7-1 victory and a 6-1 win in game two.
• The Apps fell in the SoCon tournament to the Cougars 6-3 to end the 2011 season.
Appalachian will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for one game on Tuesday, April 2 before traveling to Columbia, S.C. for one game against the Gamecocks. Tuesday’s game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., while first pitch of Wednesday’s contest is slated for 7 p.m.