BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University softball will travel to Auburn, Ala. to take on its fourth SEC team of the season. The Apps will face Auburn in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
This is only the second meeting between Auburn and Appalachian State. The Tigers defeated the Mountaineers 6-2 at the Tiger Invitational a year ago.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
• Appalachian hits the road for the 12th time this season, and have nearly set a school record in wins with a 27-16 record.
• The 27 win season marks the second most wins in a season for the Mountaineers, as the Black and Gold are just two wins away from tying the program-best 29 wins, set during the 2006 campaign.
• In the 13 year program, the Apps have never seen a season with less than 24 losses.
• Appalachian posts an 8-12 record on the road as they have lost five nonconference away games.
• Senior Meghan Smith led Appalachian in its mid-week doubleheader against North Carolina A&T as she hit a walk-off home run in game one and notched a three-run home run in game two to propel the Apps to two victories. The second baseman is one of only two players who has played in and started all 43 games for the Black and Gold, batting .293 on the season with seven home runs and 27 RBI. Smith is on a nine-game hitting streak, tallying 10 hits for a .370 batting average and eight RBI through the streak.
• Sophomore Sarah Warnock is the only other Mountaineer who has started all 43 games as she ranks second on the team with a .379 batting average and a team-high 55 hits.
• Senior Allie Cashion has led the Appalachian offense all but one week this season as she boasts a .397 batting average, leading the team with 18 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI. The clean-up hitter notched three doubles against NC A&T, which brought her to 18 on the season, tying the single season App State record, which was set by Lindsay Glover (2005). Cashion ranks third in the nation, averaging 0.42 doubles per game and her 18 doubles ties for second with Stephanie Pasquale of Temple. Cashion is five doubles shy of national leader Thomasina Garza of Texas Southern who has lined 23 on the season.
• Junior Lindsay Loudermilk rounds out the top three of the Appalachian offense as she is batting .313 with five home runs and 35 RBI.
• Sophomore Alissa Schoelkopf (17-9) earned her fifth-straight win, pitching 5.2 innings against NC A&T. Schoelkopf has not lost a game in the circle since April 13 when she suffered the loss against UNCG and has not dropped a non-conference game since April 2 to No. 25 North Carolina. The right-hander has made 33 appearances and pitched 12 complete games with a team-best 3.35 ERA and 126 strikeouts.
• Freshman Shivaun Landeros earned the win in game two against the Aggies as she pitched 5.2 innings. The freshman has made 29 appearances with a 4.21 ERA and 60 strikeouts on the season. Landeros has not dropped a nonconference game since the Apps played No. 5 Tennessee on April 16.
• Katherine Johnson made her third start of the season as she got the nod in game two against NC A&T. Johnson has pitched just 8.1 innings on the season as she has been working through an injury.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
• Auburn is in the midst of a five-game homestand as it dropped two games in its SEC series against South Carolina last weekend.
• The Tigers and the Mountaineers have faced common opponents Furman, Samford, No. 4 Alabama, No. 3 Tennessee and South Carolina in the 2013 season.
• Auburn posts a 2-0 record against Southern Conference competition as it took one game each from Furman and Samford.
• The Tiger offense is powered by three underclassman who all post batting averages of .360 or better through 48 games, while the pitching staff is anchored by the freshman duo of Marcy Harper and Lexi Davis.
• Freshman Emily Carosone has had a breakout season for the Tigers as she has started all 48 games and leads the Auburn offense with a .392 batting average.
• The third baseman has a team-high 56 hits, 13 doubles and 11 stolen bases, while ranking second in slugging percentage (.559), on-base percentage (.467) and total bases (80).
• Sophomore Branndi Melrose has appeared in all but two games for the Tigers and posts a .367 batting average with 51 hit, 10 doubles and a team-high eight home runs.
• Redshirt sophomore Morgan Estelle leads Auburn in five offensive categories including on-base percentage (.495), runs scored (54), walks (31), steal attempts (16) and plate appearances (182).
• The Tigers are only out-hitting opponents by a small 35-hit margin as they have tallied 347 hits on the season and opponents have lined 312 hits this year.
• The Auburn offense strikes competition in the first, fifth and sixth innings as it has scored 40 or more runs in each of those innings this season and posts a 22-4 record when holding teams to three runs a game.
• Once on base, Auburn has proven they have speed as four players have stolen 10 or more bases and seven have stolen five or more on the season.
• Freshman Marcy Harper (15-9) has made 30 apearances in the circle for the Tigers with a team-high 15 wins and 14 complete games.
• The right-hander has a team-best 2.97 ERA in 150.2 innings with 116 strikeouts and two saves.
• Freshman Lexi Davis (8-8) has made 22 appearances with a 4.05 ERA in 93.1 innings, while junior Hilary Mavromat (5-3) has made 21 appearances in the circle with a 3.27 ERA for the Tigers.
• Appalachian took on Auburn in the Tiger Invitational at Jane B. Moore Field on February 12, 2012 in the two teams only meeting.
• The Tigers see the return of Mavromat, Baylee Stephens and Maris Medina who each tallied one hit and one RBI against the Mountaineers.
• App State’s only runs came from Cashion and Smith as Cashion went 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and Smith went 1-for-3 with one RBI.
• Caroline Rogers is the only other returner for the Black and Gold that was able to tally a hit, while the Tigers return Caitlin Jordan, who notched one hit for Auburn.
• The Apps struck first by snagging a 1-0 lead, but the lead did not last long as Auburn notted the score in the top of the third and took the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth.
• The 2013 doubleheader will see a match up between two new pitching staffs as neither team returns pitchers from the 2012 meeting.
Appalachian State will return to the High Country to complete its 2013 home schedule against non-conference opponent, Radford on May 1. The Mountaineers will look to take two from the Highlanders to put up a perfect 16-0 record at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 4 p.m.