Softball Sweeps Saturday's Doubleheader against Appalachian State
The Eagles improved to 3-2 in Southern Conference play with the sweep.
Sam Russo (
“Sam is one of the best at making adjustments that I have ever seen. She puts up really tough at-bats and has been clutch for us more than once,” said head coach Maggie Johnson.
Hanna Ennis (
The Mountaineers had
trouble getting the third out in the inning. Russo appeared to have been caught in a
rundown but was granted home plate by the third base umpire after an
Appalachian State defender obstructed her return to third base. Mackenzie Williams (
“We did a really good job of making things happen in the third. We were aggressive and did not let up,” said Johnson.
Morgan Price cut
Brianna Streetmon (Winder,
Megen Smith (
Robyne Siliga (
“She has been killing the ball and came in hitting over .500. We told our pitchers that we are not going to give in to her and give her anything to hit,” said Johnson.
The Eagles threatened in their half of the first, putting
runners on the corners with two outs after Amanda
Appalachian State took an early lead scoring in the second inning. Ashley Gaston tripled to right driving in the first run of the game.
The Mountaineers scored two more in the third and extended their lead to three runs. Michelle Lighton plated Sarah Rappe with a RBI single. Ashley Gaston drove in the other run on a ground ball to short.
Smith bounced back from the rough outing at the
“She just needed to get comfortable after not pitching for so long. She was anxious to do well in her first couple of starts,” said Johnson. “She just needed to settle down and get things under control.”
The Eagles struck first on Russo’s second inning no-doubt home run to right.
The Mountaineers threatened in the first inning with one out in the first, but Smith recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
Smith worked around a two-out single to right in the seventh before coaxing a fly out to end the game.
Softball will go for the series sweep over Appalachian State Sunday at Eagle Field. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Saturday, 14 March 2009 17:02