BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University softball is ready to travel to Rock Hill, S.C. to take on Winthrop in a mid-week non-conference match up doubleheader on Wednesday, March 20.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium but has been moved to Rock Hill, S.C. due to predicted inclement weather.
This is the 16th meeting between the Mountaineers and the Eagles. Winthrop leads the all-time series 10-6 over Appalachian.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
- Appalachian is on a five-game winning streak after taking two games from Charleston Southern in a mid-week match up last week and sweeping SoCon foe, Samford, in its home-opening weekend. The Apps took a 3-2 victory from the Bulldogs before mercying them 9-1 in game two in Saturday's doubleheader.
- Sophomore Sarah Warnock notched two home runs in the doubleheader as she went 2-for-5 at the plate with four RBI. The home runs mark her first of the 2013 season and her career.
- Senior Meghan Smith allowed the Mountaineers to take a 2-0 lead when she hit her second home run of the season over the left center fence.
- Sophomore Cynthia Gomez knocked in what would be the winning run of game one when she singled through the right side of the field. The RBI marks the second time this season that Gomez has come up in clutch situations and knocked in a crucial run.
- Junior Lindsay Loudermilk dug in with the bases loaded in game two and drove a grand slam over the right field fence to give Appalachian the commanding 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
- In game three of the Samford series the Apps would have to battle back after falling to an early 5-0 deficit. Appalachian struck a comeback in the bottom of the third inning when they scored four runs, three of which came with two outs.
- Smith knocked her second home run of the series over the center field fence to give App State the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Apps tacked on the winning run with a Caroline Rogers single through the infield.
- Warnock led Appalachian in the weekend series as she had three hits with six RBI and two home runs, while Smith had two home runs and Loudermilk tallied four RBI.
- Senior Allie Cashion has lead the Apps offensively all season as she boasts a .391 batting average with 18 hits and 13 RBI. The senior center fielder has hit a team-high six doubles and ties with three home runs on the season. Cashion ranks second all-time with 310 total career bases. She has 33 on the season and needs 53 more to tie the all-time record set by Katie Boyd (363). The Waxhaw, N.C. native's six doubles moved her into the second spot in the career records as she now has 38 and needs just four more to tie the record, which was set by Lindsay Glover (43). The senior center fielder currently ranks 14th in the nation in doubles per game as she average 0.43 per game.
- Loudermilk posts a .345 batting average with 19 hits, while Ashley Seering rounds out the top-three with a .317 batting average and nine hits. Warnock's 20 hits and 17 runs leads the entire App State roster.
- Sophomore Alissa Schoelkopf (6-4) led the Black and Gold defense as she earned four wins last week, taking two games at Charleston Southern and two against Samford. The right-hander pitched 22.0 innings last week with 15 strikeouts and allowed only five runs for a 1.59 ERA. Schoelkopf came in and pitched 4.2 innings of relief against Samford to help the Apps take the 7-6 victory in game three.
- Freshman pitcher Shivaun Landeros (4-3) leads the pitching staff with a 3.39 earned-run average.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- Winthrop hold a 12-13 overall record heading into the mid-week match up The Eagles have posted a 3-1 record against Southern Conference opponents this season as they have defeated Elon, Samford and split with Western Carolina.
- Lefty slapper McKenzie Corn leads the Eagles as she has 30 hits in 25 games for a .405 batting average. Corn can also hit for power as she has added three home runs on the season, a team-high seven doubles and 14 RBI.
- Senior Chelsea Schoenfeldt has been a power in the box for Winthrop this season with a .314 batting average, 22 hits including three doubles, two triples and a team- high seven home runs. The senior has also recorded a team-high 28 RBI and has also made three appearances in the circle.
- Junior Alex White rounds out the top-three for Winthrop as she has a .286 batting average with 14 hits and three home runs. Senior Teja Durante has also been a force at the plate this season as she has 13 hits and has scored 10 times for the Eagles.
- Six players on the Winthrop roster have 14 or more hits on the season, while three have 14 or more RBI.
- The Eagles have proven they have powerful bats as they have hit 27 home runs on the season, but have given up 31 to opponents.
- Winthrop currently ranks 23rd in the nation in home runs per game as they average 1.08 per game through 25 games.
- Although powerful, Winthrop has had its troubles at the plate as the Eagles have struck out 164 times as a team with eight players striking out 12 or more times.
- Sophomore Sutton Watson has made 20 appearances in the circle for the Eagles this season as she posts an 8-8 record with nine complete games. Sutton has tallied 64 strikeouts on the season with a 3.77 ERA in 85.1 innings pitched.
- Junior Sara Allen posts a 2-2 record on the mound as she has pitched 30.2 innings and has thrown one complete game. Freshman Dallas King is the only pitcher for the Eagles who holds a winning record as she is 2-1 on the season with a team-best 3.32 ERA.
- Appalachian fell twice in the doubleheader on May 4, 2007 in Rock Hill, S.C. The Apps fell 10-1 in five innings in game one as they were only able to get five hits off the Winthrop pitching staff.
- App State stranded six runners and had only one strikeout, but were unable to score more than one run in the opener. In game two, the Black and Gold fell 10-7 after taking an 7-1 lead through five innings
- Winthrop had an explosive sixth inning as they scored nine runs to take the game two victory from the Mountaineers. Appalachian outhit the Eagles 14-11 in game two, but left 10 runners stranded compared to Winthrop's four.
- The Mountaineers have not defeated the Eagles since their 2-1 victory on Feb. 12, 2005 at the Georgia Softball Classic.
- Appalachian will travel to Chattanooga, Tenn. to take on the Mocs in a SoCon weekend series. First pitch of the Saturday, March 23 doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.