JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Appalachian State University softball played in their first doubleheader on Saturday for the 2017 season but fell short in both games. College of Charleston defeated App State 12-1, and the Mountaineers dropped the nightcap to Jacksonville 4-0.
Appalachian slipped to 0-3 overall while College of Charleston (2-0) and Jacksonville (4-0) stayed perfect in tournament play. Ten Mountaineers grabbed hits with Alisha Josey leading the offensive charge going 2-for-6 on the day. A. Josey has recorded hits in three-straight games to open the season, including yesterday’s home run and a pair of 1-for-3 efforts against College of Charleston and Jacksonville on Saturday.
Game One: College of Charleston 12, App State 1
Charleston (2-0, 0-0 CAA) started scoring early by snatching two runs off of a double to left corner to take the early 2-0 lead in the first, but once it was Apps’s turn to bat, Cara Parker answered CofC’s two with one of her own thanks to a sacrifice fly by Heather Josey.
Only down by one, App knew to keep a tight defense to keep the game close, but the Cougars collected six runs in the second to further extend their lead to 8-1.
App State tried to make the right offensive plays to claw their way back into the game, but they never recovered from the seven-run deficit plus Charleston’s four extra runs in the third and fifth innings that won the ball game 12-1 (5).
The Mountaineers ended the bout with 20 at bats, one run, six hits, one RBI and three errors, and three pitchers saw action against the Cougars. Katie Williford got her first start of the season and went 4.0 innings with seven runs, five earned on eight hits and five walks.
Game Two: Jacksonville 4, App State 0
After two scoreless innings, Jacksonville struck first with two runs off a sacrifice fly and an RBI single in the bottom of the third.
App tried to even up the score with Katie Mathewson’s hard single up the middle in te fourth but the Black and Gold could not strike up a following play to score.
In the fifth and sixth innings, JU connected on two more opportunities to widen the gap to four runs to none. In the fifth, a triple opened up an opportunity for a RBI single, and an App error yielded a path for a score after JU stole two bases.
App State threatened the Dolphin lead when freshman Taylor Rivenburgh cracked her first hit of her collegiate career to right field for a double, but Jacksonville enduced a double play, and Haley Glover grounded out at first to end the game, 4-0.
Ciocatto received the start for the second JU matchup and pitched 4.0 innings with three runs and one earned, on six hits to go with one walk and one strikeout. In relief was freshman Kenzie Longanecker (0-1) who threw 2.0 innings with one run on three hits and one strikeout.
The Black and Gold will finish opening weekend at the Jacksonville River City Leadoff tomorrow against George Mason at noon.