ASU softball team completes sweep
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Hitting singles went a long way for Appalachian State's all-time doubles hitter Allie Cashion.
Cashion, one of two seniors on the Appalachian State roster, drove in four runs with a pair of singles in Appalachian State's 5-3 victory over Furman Sunday at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. Appalachian State completed a three-game sweep of the Paladins after taking a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (24-16, 16-5 SoCon) also stayed in first place in the Southern Conference, and improved to 14-0 at home this season.. College of Charleston (28-16, 11-6) stayed a game behind in the loss column, while UNC Greensboro (33-13, 10-7) and Georgia Southern (24-25, 10-7) are two games behind in the loss column.
Appalachian State, after hosting North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, play a key three-game series at Georgia Southern this weekend.
"It's a big conference weekend," Appalachian State coach Shae Wesley said. "It's Georgia Southern and they have a fantastic pitching staff and hitting's been our key all season long. It will be a big matchup for us."
Cashion, celebrating Senior Day, drove in two runs with a single in the first inning, which gave the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead. After Furman took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, Cashion helped the Mountaineers retake the lead with a two-run single that put ASU in front 5-3.
One batter earlier, Lindsay Loudermilk was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, which drove in a run.
"We've talked a lot about momentum," Wesley said. "Our players are very young. We have most sophomores and freshmen to go with our two seniors, but they understand momentum. We had our ups and downs throughout the season, so they've seen momentum swing for them and against them. They really stepped up and took it upon themselves to swing it back in our direction."
Meghan Smith, Watauga's other senior on the roster, singled in the first inning, but was left on base. She also flew out to left field in the third inning and struck out in the fourth.
Alissa Schoelkopf scattered six hits, walked three and struck out five in six innings of work. Shivaun Landeros picked up her second save of the season by pitching a perfect seventh inning.
Schoelkoph got some help defensively from Cashion in left field. Cashion chased down two fly balls that went to the warning track. The second, hit by Emily Boyer, was with one out and forced Cashion to go to her left and make the catch on the run.
"If it's a hard catch, you just have to make sure that you've got it," Cashion said. "That was one of the more difficult ones I had today, but I knew I could get it. I had to be confident."
Furman (24-22. 7-10) got an RBI double from Natalie Clemmons in the third inning, but had its biggest inning in the fourth. Ambree Muller scored on a wild pitch, and Taylor Jenkins scored on a Hannah Pace squeeze bunt. Sierra Bishop also had two hits for the Paladins.
Appalachian State 5, Furman 3
Furman 001 200 0 -- 3 6 1
Appalachian State 200 300 X -- 5 9 0
Houston, Parker (3) and Pace. Schoelkopf, Landeros (7) and Warnock. W--Schoelkopf (16-9), L--Parker (4-7). S--Landeros (2). LOB--Furman 7, ASU 8. 2B--Furman, Clemmons; ASU, Warnock, Loudermilk. SH--Furman, Pace. SB--Furman, Galinski.