After 21 straight road games to begin the season, Appalachian State University softball is finally ready to open up its home season at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium where the Mountaineers have won 19-straight games dating back to April 21, 2012.
The Mountaineers (7-14) will host Atlantic Coast Conference foe, Syracuse, on Friday in a single game that's slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch. Over the weekend the Apps will host Chattanooga in the first Southern Conference action of the season. The double header on Saturday begins at 1 p.m. with the second game immediately following. On Sunday, the series finale will begin at 1 p.m.
Last weekend the Apps traveled to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the Chanticleer Challenge hosted by Coastal Carolina. The Black and Gold were able to take one game over the weekend in a 4-1 triumph over Bryant in the second part of a double header last Saturday, while dropping games to Jacksonville State, the second game against Bryant and Coastal Carolina.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
Syracuse (7-13, 0-3 ACC) comes into Friday's single game against the Mountaineers completing a road swing in North Carolina. The Orange are coming off of back-to-back wins with a 5-0 win over Elon on Tuesday and a 7-6 win at Campbell on Wednesday.
Of the Orange's first 20 games, five have been against nationally ranked opponents. Nicole Lundstrom leads the team in hitting with a .373 average, including a team leading 13 RBI. Lundstrom is also tied with Corinne Ozanne and Jasmine Watson with four home runs so far this season.
Sydney O'Hara holds a team best 3.63 ERA in 13 appearances this season. O'Hara is second on the team with 44.1 innings pitched and has fanned 57 batters.
Leigh Ross is in her ninth year at the helm of Syracuse softball and has won 222 games to date.
SCOUTING THE MOCS
Chattanooga (13-11, 0-0 SoCon) will visit this weekend to begin Southern Conference play. The Mocs finished 26-28 overall and 10-11 last season in the Southern Conference which was good for sixth.
Anyssa Robles leads the Mocs with a .371 batting average and is currently the only player with an average above .300. Robles is second on the team with 18 RBI behind Criket Blanco who has driven in 20 runs this season.
Alyssa Taylor has been the power source for the Mocs so far with five home runs. Taylor Deason leads the Mocs with 67.1 innings pitched and has fanned 54 batters. Deason holds a 0.73 ERA in 17 appearances while making six starts.
Head coach Frank Reed is closing in on 500 wins at Chattanooga with a current total of 477 wins at the helm of Mocs softball. Overall, Reed has 953 wins as a head coach.
After four games in three days, the Black and Gold will entertain Campbell in a double header on Tuesday, March 18. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m.