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Ashley Seering went 6-for-9 in two games on Saturday and drove in seven runs against UNCG.
Courtesy: Rob Moore (Appalachian '93)
Softball Drops Game One; Wild Game Two to UNCG
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Saturday 04/26/2014 (ET)

BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University softball played host to UNCG on Saturday in doubleheader action in its last ever home Southern Conference series. The Black and Gold scored a program record 19 runs, drove in a record 18 runs and recorded a new program record with 20 hits in game two.

Game One: UNCG 11, App State 5

The Mountaineers (17-28, 5-11 SoCon) fell behind early in game one, but was able to answer quickly. After UNCG plated two runs in the first, Ashley Seering connected on a two-run single in the bottom half that drove in Dani Heichen and Cynthia Gomez.

The Spartans (23-24, 6-11 SoCon) would score two more in the second on a Lindsay Thomas home run. The Spartans in both games would hit eight home runs. Kristen Terry would score an unearned run in the bottom half to cut the lead to 4-3. What seemingly put the game away was a five run third for UNCG powered by a three-run home run from Linsday Thomas.

The Apps would score single runs in the fourth and fifth on a Lindsay Loudermilk ground out and Terry ground out.

Alissa Schoelkopf got the start and pitched 2.2 innings and allowed nine runs with four of them earned. Shivaun Landeros pitched 0.1 innings and escaped a jam in the third. Sydney Laws finished the final four frames, allowing three hits and two runs.

Game Two: UNCG 20, App State 19

In what was the craziest game of the season, App State would set three program records in runs, RBI and hits. The 19 runs and 18 RBIs bested previous records set in 2009 versus N.C. Central in which they produced 18 runs and 17 RBIs. With 20 hits, the Mountaineers topped a 2006 performance against Chattanooga in which they raked 18 hits.

Similar to game one, the Spartans took an early 3-0 lead off of two home runs courtasy of Dominique Madruga’s solo shot and a Katelyn Bedwell two-run homer. Appalachian would counter with two runs of its own on a Sarah Warnock RBI single and a Seering double.

Tying the game for the Mountaineers in the second was Gomez on a sac fly to score Rogers and knot it at 3-3. Both teams plated two runs in the third inning. Danielle Vega walked with the bases loaded and Hagan Kiser hit a sac fly to take a 5-3 lead. In the bottom half with the bases loaded, a catcher’s interference call with Alex Sohl at the plate would score Cara Parker from third. Gomez would walk with the bags full and score Ellie Manriquez to tie the score again, 5-5.

In the fourth and fifth innings, the Spartans would score eight runs and take the lead 13-5. With the bases loaded in the fourth, UNCG would get a single, two walks and two hit by pitches to blow the game open. Nicole Thomas hit a solo home run in the fifth for UNCG. The biggest inning of the day for the Apps came in the fifth when they plated five runs. Warnock was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded followed by a Loudermilk walk. Seering would drive in two on a single to center field and then Parker follow with an RBI single of her own and cut the deficit to 13-10.

The Spartans put up another seven spot in the sixth inning to extend their lead to 20-10. The inning was powered by another Nicole Thomas home run, this time a three-run shot to center field. Earlier in the inning, Bedwell drove in a pair on a two-run single. Toni MacReynolds hit a two-run homer in the inning. The Mountaineer would once again flex their muscle and show their grit and put together the second of back-to-back five run innings. Warnock started the scoring with an RBI single scoring Terry. The majority of the damage was done on a Loudermilk grand slam that landed on top of the Sofield practice facility. The slam was Loudermilk’s first of her career and would cut the UNCG lead to 20-15.

Holding the Spartans scoreless in the seventh was just the fourth time the Mountaineers were able to do so on the day. App State would construct a four-run inning beginning with a Terry triple. Terry would come home on an infield bunt single by Heichen. With hits in both games, Heichen would extend her hit streak to 13-games. Following a Gomez single, Warnock would drive in Heichen with a run scoring single. Loudermilk single to load the bases and Seering plated two more on a single to center field and cut it to a 20-19 deficit. With runners on second and third and one out, the Mountaineers were unable to push across either the tying or game-winning run and would fall in the wildest game of the season.

Landeros started and went 3.2 innings and allowed eight hits and 12 runs. Laws relieved Landeros and pitched 1.2 innings with seven hits and eight runs allowed. Schoelkopf finished the remaining 1.2 innings allowing just one hit.

Seering led the Apps on Saturday going 6-for-9 and driving in seven runs. Terry went 5-for-7 on the day with four runs scored. Heichen went 5-for-8 extending her hit streak and scored five runs and drove in her second run of the season. Loudermilk hit her second home run of the season and first grand slam of her career and went 2-for-7 with five RBIs in both games.

The Mountaineers and Spartans will finish the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Following the game, the softball program will honor its seniors with a celebration of their contributions to the program.

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