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The Mountaineers will compete in a two-game series in Greensboro, N.C. against North Carolina A&T. The first game will occur on Feb. 16 followed by the second game on Feb. 22.
Courtesy: Todd Drexler
Softball Preps for North Carolina A&T
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 02/15/2017 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University softball is slated for a two-game series against the North Carolina A&T Aggies at the Lady Aggie Softball Complex in Greensboro, N.C. The first half of this series will be on Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m., and the second half will take place on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

The Mountaineers wrapped-up their opening weekend at the Jacksonville River City Leadoff with an overall 1-3 record. On opening day, App slipped to the Jacksonville Dolphins in extra innings, 5-3, and on Saturday, the Apps fell to College of Charleston 12-2 and Jacksonville 4-0.

On Sunday, App State recuperated and bounced back with their first victory of the season over George Mason 2-1. After a tied score leading into the top of the seventh, Appalachian’s pitching and defensive core neutralized the Patriots’ offense and Alisha Josey hit the walk-off single to win the game.

A. Josey had a spectacular college debut going 5-for-14 in four games that included App’s first home run on Friday, two RBI, two runs, and the winning connection on Sunday. She currently owns the best average of .357 after four games.

Four pitchers made appearances in Jacksonville with Kenzie Longanecker and Vanessa Ciocatto pitching 11 innings a piece and administering 10 total strikeouts.

The Black and Gold looks forward to grabbing two extra wins in the multi-day bout against N.C. A&T.

SCOUTING THE AGGIES

• Thursday will mark the 23rd meeting between the two North Carolina institutions, and Appalachian holds the all-time advantage at 17-5 winning their last game 9-4 last year in Boone.

• North Carolina A&T enters Thursday’s battle with a 3-2 record with two wins against Gardner-Webb and one against Alabama A&M and losses versus East Tennessee State and Alabama A&M.

• In the MEAC Preseason Poll, the Aggies were tabbed fourth in the Southern Division behind Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman and Savannah State.

• In their first game against Gardner-Webb, the Aggie’s slowed down and silenced the Runnin’ Bulldogs 3-0 with Zadasia Waddell and Kimberly Brunson putting out unblemished appearances going 2-for-2.

• In their second outing with the Runnin’ Bulldogs, N.C. A&T edged Gardner-Webb 5-4, and seven Aggies had at least one hit in the game.
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• N.C. A&T finished the 2016 season 17-32 and went 6-9 in the MEAC and appeared in the MEAC tournament before slipping to Hampton 4-3

• The Aggies welcome seven newcomers to the squad and brings back Preseason All-MEAC first-team centerfielder Raven Gray and pitchers Mohagony Headen and Zadaisha Waddell. Gray was the leading hitter last year finishing 2016 with a .369 batting average with 32 runs, 29 RBI, four home runs, and four triples in 55 hits. Headen wrapped up her freshman campaign with a winning 7-6 record and a team-low 4.33 ERA, and Waddell fired out 62 strikeouts in 114.1 innings pitched, batted .321 and led the team with 35 RBI and eight homers.

• A&T is led by four-year head coach Kenya Peters, assistant coach Jessica Villages (fourth year) and graduate assistant Megan Uhrman.



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