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Mountaineers take a pair from Aggies

Posted Thursday, April 14, 2005

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BOONE, N.C. — Senior Jennifer Hurley (Asheboro, N.C.) pitched her way to a 5-3 complete-game victory and sophomore Keri Blackwelder (Stanfield, N.C.) registered a 4-2 complete-game victory as Appalachian State University softball completed a sweep of North Carolina A&T in a Thursday afternoon twinbill held at the Watauga County Complex.

Appalachian struck first, plating a first-inning run to take an early 1-0 lead in game one. Junior Mary Lutz (Brentwood, Tenn.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and advanced into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Diana Cook (Concord, N.C.). After a groundout by sophomore Lindsay Glover (Greensboro, N.C.) advanced Lutz to third, sophomore Kristyn Hurt (Siler City, N.C.) put the Mountaineers on the board with a two-out RBI triple to give the Mountaineers an early
1-0 lead.

Appalachian plated two more runs in the second inning to give Hurley a 3-0 advantage. Hurley used the comfortable margin to her advantage as she sat the Aggies down in order through three innings.

The senior hurler found herself in a bit of trouble in the fourth inning as the Aggies put together a three-run rally to knot the score 3-3. Sophomore Adia Dial (Riverside, Calif.) started the Aggie comeback with a one-out single, followed by a Tabitha Veney (Salem, N.C.) double. With runners at first and second, junior Sibol Loftin (Greenville, N.C.) drove the ball into the outfield for a RBI single. The following batter, A&T’s Lorraine Geiger (Buena Park, Calif.), reached on a fielding error by second baseman Kasey Motsinger (Yadkinville, N.C.). Hurley was able to maintain her composure and record two outs to end the frame.

ASU reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth as Cook led off the inning with a single. Glover reached on a fielder’s choice and eventually scored on a two-out single by Motsinger. ASU upped its lead to 5-3 on an RBI double by sophomore Keri Blackwelder, driving in Motsinger.

With a 5-3 cushion, Hurley allowed only one hit in the final two innings of the game to secure the Appalachian victory. With the win, she improved to 5-13 on the season, while North Carolina A&T’s Latronda Anderson (Columbia, S.C.) fell to 6-9.

Blackwelder filled the circle for the Appalachian in the second game of the day while Dial garnered the task for the Aggies. After two-and-a-half scoreless innings, Appalachian was able to generate some offense after Lutz was hit by a pitch and a Cook single. The two baserunners pulled off a double steal to advance into better scoring position. Glover recorded her 20th RBI of the season with a sacrifice fly to give Appalachian a 1-0 lead. The team plated one more run to close out the inning with a 2-0 lead.

The sophomore pitcher allowed only two runs in the final three innings of the game, while the Mountaineers posted two additional runs in the fourth inning to complete the
4-2 victory. With the victory, Blackwelder moved to 9-7 on the season while Dial fell to 3-8.

Appalachian State improved to 17-28 with the sweep and returns to action this Saturday as it hosts the College of Charleston in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

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