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App State softball won their first game on Sunday against the George Mason Patriots at the Jacksonville River City Leadoff.
Courtesy: Todd Drexler
App Edges the Patriots 2-1 in First Win of 2017
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 02/12/2017 (ET)
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JACKSONVILLE, FLA.  – Appalachian State University softball snatched their first victory of the season defeating George Mason 2-1 in the seventh inning off a walk-off single provided by Alisha Josey.

“I am really happy with our pitchers, they did really well today, “ said head coach Janice Savage. “I am looking forward to seeing them grow and Kenzie and Vanessa to continue to work together and add Annaleise and Katie into that mix. I think the big thing for us is that we have to continue to push and grow, and once we get some more experience under our belts, we are going to be really good.”        

A. Josey wrapped up her outstanding opening weekend debut going 2-for-4, administering the winning RBI and registering her fourth-straight game with a hit against George Mason.  In addition to A. Josey’s two connections, Natalie Orcutt also went 2-for-4 against the Patriots and hit the first RBI of the game the tied up the score at 1-1 in the third inning.  App’s other two hits were smacked out by Haley Stewart and Jenny Dodd.

In the circle, Vanessa Ciocatto and Kenzie Longanecker turned in two great performance against the Patriots totaling two hits, one run (unearned),  two walks and three strikeouts.

Game Rundown: App State 2, George Mason 1

After two dull innings, George Mason (0-5) reached the boards first with a RBI single, but App State (1-3) evened up the score count when Orcutt smashed a double deep into left field to part ways for Gabby Buruato to dash to home plate in the third inning.

App threatened to take the lead twice in the fourth and fifth innings, but could not connect on the right opportunity to take the lead. In the fourth, A. Josey hit a single which was followed by two straight walks to load the bases, but freshman Taylor Rivenburgh mishit the ball to end the inning. Later on in the fifth, Orcutt would crack one straight up the middle for a single, but the Mountaineers left the sophomore stranded at second.

In the top of the seventh, Mason looked as if they were going to score with a runner on third and two outs left, but Keri White  darted the ball to Stewart at first to end the top of the seventh still at 1-1.

Appalachian knew that they could take the win with a run, so they were determined to set up the right plays to put them in a scoring position. Orcutt answered the first call after reaching second on a Mason error with two outs. Up next was Sidney Russell who was walked and gave App two base runners. Batting next was heavy-hitter freshman A. Josey who cracked the walk-off single for Orcutt to sprint home.

Ciocatto (0-2) started off the game and pitched 2.1 innings, and Longanecker (1-1) came in relief to pitch the rest of the competition (4.2). On the mound, Longanecker had two hits, one walk, and struck out one batter.

Up Next

The Black and Gold will travel down to Greensboro, N.C. to face off against the North Carolina A&T Aggies in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

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