TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Day two at the FSU Invitational was not any kinder than the first for the Appalachian State softball team, who dropped a pair of games to Connecticut on Sunday afternoon, 7-0 and 8-0. Appalachian falls to 1-16 on the season and is in the midst of a ten-game losing skid.
In game one, Appalachian was stymied by the Husky pitching staff that held the Apps to only three hits. Junior leadoff hitter Andrea McIntyre provided two-thirds of the Mountaineer offense with two hits on three at bats. The other Appalachian hit came off the bat of junior centerfielder Ashley Gaston in the second inning.
Junior Kayla Richardson started the game on the rubber for the Mountaineers. She pitched all six innings allowing seven runs, four earned off fourteen hits. She struck out one and walked three on the day. As the losing pitcher, her record falls to 1-6.
The Mountaineer defense accounted for two errors on the game.
Game two was much of the same for both teams. Connecticut scored one more run on five fewer hits while ASU had three hits and two doubles in the game as the Mountaineers fell, 8-0 in six innings.
Junior Yancy Moose started in the circle, dealing for two and two-thirds innings. She allowed six runs, three earned off eight hits in the loss, dropping her to 0-6 on the season. She was relieved by junior Teri Fister with two gone in the third. Fister stopped the bleeding for ASU, throwing two and a third innings of perfect softball, recording seven consecutive outs. However, an error followed by a walk and a double to start the sixth scored the final runs for the Huskies and ended the game due to the eight-run rule.
McIntyre matched her success from the first game, batting two-for-three with a double to complete her Tallahassee homecoming. Freshman Katie Boyd had ASU’s third hit in the game, a double to left in the first inning.
Appalachian will now return home to the High Country for the 2008 home opener against Florida Gulf Coast. The Apps take on the Eagles on Friday, March 14 at 11 a.m. Fans are encouraged to stay updated on www.GoASU.com due to the possibility of a venue change. The ASU Softball field is in the process of receiving new outfield grass. Should the field be unplayable, a change will be announced.