Appalachian State University softball closed its regular season with a 5-3 victory on Sunday at Furman. The win clinched the series victory and the No. 7 seed at the Southern Conference tournament.
Cara Parker (Lake Park, Ga./Lowndes) put the Apps on the board first in the second inning with a two-run home run way out beyond left field with Caroline Chambers (Kings Mountain, N.C./Kings Mountain) aboard for the early 2-0 lead.
The Mountaineers (19-30, 7-13 SoCon) would put together the second of back-to-back two-run innnigs in the third. Dani Heichen (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter) led off the inning with single to extend her hitting streak to 17-straight games. Following the Heichen single, Cynthia Gomez (Oxnard, Calif./Pacifica) would single with both advancing on a great Sarah Warnock (Jamestown, N.C./Southwest Guilford) sac bunt.
With second and third, Lindsay Loudermilk (Bluff City, Tenn./Sullivan East) would single up the middle and plate both runners to extend the Appalachian lead to 4-0.
The Paladins (28-24, 12-8 SoCon) would plate its only three runs of the game in the fourth inning. After back-to-back doubles from Ambree Muller and Natalie Clemmons, Furman would cut the deficit to 4-1. A couple of batters later, Hannah Pace would homer to left field and close the gap to 4-3.
It would remain this way until the sixth inning when Parker would blast her second homer of the game over the left field fence for a 5-3 advantage. Parker finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and three RBIs, which gives her 10 home runs and 29 RBIs on the season.
Loudermilk finished 2-for-3 and tallied two RBIs to give her 29 on the season – tied with Parker for the team lead.
Sydney Laws (Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood) (6-8) earned the start for the second consecutive game and pitched four innings and allowed five hits and three runs to go along with one strikeout. Alissa Schoelkopf (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) pitched the final three innings and allowed no hits or runs and struck out two for her first save of the season.
Appalachian State will play again in the first round of the SoCon tournament on Wednesday against the yet to be determined No. 2 seed. A complete schedule of the tournament will be made available at a later time.