GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG softball (36-8) defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers (14-27) twice 4-3 in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night at UNCG Softball Stadium. The Spartans tied for the sixth-most wins in a single-season in program history with 10 games still left this year.
UNCG swept the season series against App State with a 3-0 win on Feb. 25, remained perfect (6-0) in extra innings and improved to 11-1 against in-state opponents by a combined score of 71-29.
The Spartans trailed 3-1 with just two hits in the first game entering the seventh inning and had nobody on with two outs. Rachael McClaskey started the comeback with a walk that was followed by a walk from Jasmine Palmer. Makenna Matthijs knocked in both runners with a triple down the right field line. Marisa Sholtes then brought home Matthijs on a single up the middle.
App State took the first lead of the game with a pair of solo home runs in the fourth inning.
UNCG responded with a run of its own in the inning. Sholtes led off with a double to left field and scored on a two-out single to centerfield by Jordan Gontram.
The Mountaineers’ third run came in the next inning on an RBI-single to centerfield.
Hannah Stiltner entered the fifth inning with the bases loaded with one out and ended the scoring threat with a fly out to Gontram in centerfield and strikeout. Stiltner picked up the win in relief, allowing no runs and walks and just one hit with three strikeouts.
Alicia Bazonski started in the circle and gave up two earned runs, six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Sholtes had all but two hits for UNCG with a 3-4 performance at the plate that included a double.
The Spartans won the next game in the eighth inning. With Emily Acquaviva starting at second base with the international tiebreaker rule in place, she advanced to third base on a wild pitch. After Gontram walked, Acquaviva ended the game when she scored on another wild pitch.
App State tied the game up in the previous inning with a one-out solo home run to left field. The Mountaineers other two runs came in the sixth inning on a two-run homer to left centerfield.
UNCG scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning. Stephanie Bryden led off with a single to centerfield, went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Gontram and advanced to third on a groundout by Alexis Overdiep. A throwing error by the third baseman allowed Bryden to score.
The Spartans added another run in the next inning. Sholtes produced the run with a two-out double off the centerfield fence with Matthijs scoring.
UNCG’s third run came in the sixth inning. Overdiep singled off the third baseman’s glove into left field with one out and stole second base. After advancing to third on a groundout by Becca Kale, Overdiep scored on a single up the middle by Melanie Darges.
Stiltner (5-3) earned the win again with a perfect inning of relief in extra innings. Bryden started and allowed three runs, five hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts.
Sholtes and Bryden both collected two hits in the game with Sholtes also drawing a walk.
UNCG will host Chattanooga for the last home Southern Conference weekend series of the season, starting with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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