BOONE, N.C. - After being postponed to the second day of the Southern Conference Championship because of a five-hour rain delay during the first day of the tournament, Appalachian State University softball defeated UNCG, 6-2, in the first-round of the Southern Conference tournament Thursday morning at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium.
The Mountaineers' (22-23) victory over the Spartans (21-33) was their first first-round victory since 2009 when ASU defeated UNCG 2-0. Appalachian is now 3-0 all-time against UNCG in the SoCon tournament.
UNCG scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second on a Heather Robb solo home run over the left center field fence.
The Mountaineers responded with two runs of their own in the top of the third. Meghan Smith earned a one-out walk. Allie Cashion laced a single to the third baseman, which was knocked down by the third baseman and roll towards the pitcher. The pitcher then tried to make a play at first to get Cashion but a wild throw that end up in right field allowed Smith to score and Cashion to advance to third. Freshman Riley Carter gave the Apps a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly to right field.
The Spartans added a run the bottom half of the third to tie the contest up at two. Tatiana Alcala led off the frame with a bunt single and scored on an Aubrey Baldwin RBI-single to left field.
The Mountaineers broke the 2-2 tie in the fifth. Smith reached second base on a throwing error by the third baseman and a fielding error by the first baseman. Cashion ripped an RBI-double down the left field line to give ASU a 3-2 advantage. Carter doubled down the left field line which moved Cashion to third. Caroline Rogers slapped a single up the middle to score Cashion and Carter and extend the Apps lead to 5-2. A fielding error by the shortstop allowed Rogers to score, 6-2, and pinch runner Racquel Cooke was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Carter earned the win for after pitching 4.2 scoreless hitless innings. Caitlin Wainright started for Appalachian and gave up two runs on four hits.
UNCG's Cory Mattson took the loss as she gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings.
Cashion and Rogers led the Mountaineer offense with two hits and each tallying at least one RBI.
The Mountaineers will take on Georgia Southern at 7 p.m. on Thursday for a chance to advance to the semifinals.