Appalachian State softball

BOONE — Appalachian State’s softball team fell to Texas-Arlington 9-7 in extra innings on April 28 after hitting five home runs.

The Mountaineers (30-20, 12-10 SBC) scored seven runs on 10 hits but were outlasted in the ninth inning. Despite the loss, the Mountaineers had one of their best hitting performances of the year with two of their first three hits being home runs.

Baylee Morton led the Mountaineers at the plate by hitting her first home run of the season, while also adding two more homers to the Mountaineers’ five home run total. With three on the day, Morton set a new record for most home runs in a game in App State program history.

Keri White and Ally Walters also hit home runs, while Sidney Russell, Maddy Bloom and Megan Walker all made contact throughout the game and got on base.

App State’s Maddy Seimer suffered the loss in the circle, bringing her record to 2-5 on the year. Kenzie Longanecker pitched in relief, facing two batters in the ninth inning.

Texas-Arlington scored first with a two-run home run in the top of the second inning but could do no more that inning. After Russell got on base in the bottom half of the inning with a single, Walters followed with a two-run shot to right center to tie the game at 2-2.

Morton followed suit and hit her first home run, giving App State its first lead of the series against UTA 3-2.

In the bottom of the third inning, White sent a solo shot over the center field wall, giving App State a 4-2 lead. The Mavericks fought back in the top of the fifth inning by scoring two runs on one hit and an App State error, which tied the game 4-4.

In the seventh inning, UTA hit a single to put a runner on and a single to bring her home to take its first lead of the game.

Morton wasn’t done as she sent the game to extra innings with a solo home run to left center, which tied the game 5-5.

After a scoreless eighth, the Mavs managed five hits in the ninth inning including the go-ahead grand slam to take the lead 9-5. Longanecker pitched in relief to finish the inning and give the Mountaineers one final chance.

Bloom led the bottom of the ninth inning with a single to center to get on base. Morton followed with another home run to left center to bring the score to 9-7 and attempt to bring back life to the Mountaineer dugout.

With two outs already, the Mountaineers were unable to complete the comeback, falling short and ending the game.

The Mountaineers are back in action on May 2 against Coastal Carolina as they battle for fifth place in the Sun Belt Softball Championship. The series is the final series of the season for App State.

Game one is set for 4 p.m. on May 2 followed by game two at 4 p.m. on May 3. The series finale is set for May 4 at 1 p.m.

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