SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The long ball doomed Appalachian State University softball in the, 7-3, setback to Dayton on Saturday afternoon at Cyrill Stadium.
The Flyers (3-9) used three home runs to end the Mountaineers' (7-6) three-game winning streak.
Dayton's Kathleen Maloof belted her fifth home run of the season to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third-inning. Pinch hitter Tiffany Ricks extended UD's lead, 6-0, on a three-run homer to left field.
UD's Brandy Brown led off the fifth frame with a solo home run to increase the Flyers lead to 7-1.
Appalachian didn't go down without a fight as freshman Cynthia Gomez's speed forced the shortstop to hurry on the throwing error. Freshman Dani Heichen singled to center to load up the bases after a Michelle Gorzelle single to third. Pinch hitter Caroline Williams sac flied to right center to score Gomez and cut ASU's deficit to 7-2. Gorzelle scored the Apps final run on a fielder choice by Warnock.
Warnock led the Apps offense with a 3-for-4 day with a run and RBI, followed by Heichen who went 2-for-3.
Freshman Caroline Wainright took the loss for the Mountaineers as she struck out four and gave up seven runs (three earned runs) in the complete-game performance.
Dayton's Sydney Cicchetti kept the Apps off balance all afternoon giving up seven hits and three unearned runs with five strikeouts.
The Mountaineers will face-off N.C. Central for the third-time this season on Saturday night at 7 p.m. to close out the second day at the Subway Spartan Classic.