SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Appalachian State University softball dropped a pair to Texas State in their first conference doubleheader of the season in San Marcos, Texas on Saturday. The Bobcats quieted App State’s offense 11-0 in five innings in game one and overwhelmed App 9-1 in six outings for game two.
Appalachian State (11-11, 0-2 Sun Belt) registered eight hits on the day, and six ladies made connections at the Bobcat Softball Stadium. Ally Walters and Jenny Dodd turned in two-hit performances both going 2-for-4 on the day, and Cara Parker (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) slugged out her 35th home run of her career. The Georgia native is only four homers away from tying the second all-time total of career jacks in school history.
On the mound, five Mountaineers saw action in the circle, and Kenzie Longanecker fired out three strikeouts in 1.0 innings pitched.
Game One: Texas State 11, App State 0 (5 innings)
Texas State turned in two five-run innings and limited the App State offense in their 11-0 victory Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats exploded out to a 5-0 lead putting the Mountaineers in an early hole. Taylor Webb opened the second with a home run to dead center and was followed by three walks and a sac. bunt to load the bases. Right after that, Texas State went on a scoring run tagging on four straight off two walks and a hit by pitch.
In the next inning, the Bobcats mirrored their stream of runs from the second by tacking on five more to extend their lead to 10-0 and scored one more in the fourth from a solo home run to put away the game.
Game Two: Texas State 9, App State 1 (6 innings)
A four-run first inning doomed the Mountaineers as the Bobcats snatched game two away from the Black and Gold, 9-1.
Texas State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first thanks to a three-run home run by Ariel Ortiz and a Bobcat RBI.
App State tried to respond by loading the bases at the top of the second with one out, but Jenny Dodd (Mocksville, N.C./West Forsyth) was tagged by the catcher heading to home plate, and Megan Walker struck out and left three Mountaineers stranded
After Anneleise Kennedy had ended the bottom of the inning with a strikeout, Parker bombed a solo jack to left field to cut the Bobcats’ lead to three, but Texas State answered back and stretched their advantage to 7-1 with a three-run home run.
At the top of the fifth, Longanecker came in relief and struck out three batters to push the game to six innings, but the Bobcats ended the ballgame after a two-run RBI to grab the Saturday sweep.
Dodd highlighted the offense with a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the plate and Parker smacked out her fifth home run of the season.
The Black and Gold will continue conference play tomorrow, March 19, when they take on Texas State for a third time at 1 p.m. EST at the Bobcat Softball Stadium.