CLINTON, SC. – The Presbyterian College softball team split a doubleheader with Appalachian State Thursday afternoon at the PC Softball Complex. The Mountaineers won the first game 4-1 and the Blue Hose held off the visitors late to take game two 4-3.

Blue Hose Players of the Games

Hope Rogers went 4-for-6 at the plate, including a solo home run and a double in the second game. The senior shortstop had the one RBI and scored a pair of runs. Kelsie Sanchez was 2-for-6 on the day with a pair of singles a walk. The senior outfielder also scored a run.

How It Happened

Game one was scoreless until the Mountaineers jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Presley Bissett came in to pinch hit at the bottom of the inning and got the Blue Hose on the board with a sac fly to straight-away center. The visitors added another run in the top of the sixth for the final score.

In game two, Rogers opened the scoring with a solo shot over the left-field fence, her first of the year, in the bottom of the first. PC added another run in the bottom of the second as Blaire Miller tagged up on a Kylie Young sacrifice fly to center field. The Blue Hose added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the third as Sanchez reached home on a wild pitch and Rogers scored on an App. State error. Cara Parker hit a pair of solo shots and App. State added another score to close the gap. The Mountaineers were threatening with bases loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh, but Alex Cook entered the game in relief. The junior struck out a pair and induced a pop-up to grab the save as PC held on for the victory.

Final Lines

Game 1: App. State 4, PC 1

PC scored one run on five hits with one error, while App. State plated four runs on eight hits with two errors. Kenzie Longanecker grabbed the win (7-3), pitching all 7.0 innings with three walks and seven strikeout. Alex Cook took the loss (1-4), pitching 7.0 innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

Game 2: PC 4, App. State 3

PC scored four runs on five hits with one error, while App. State scored three runs on five hits and three errors. Kaylee Allen got the win (3-3), pitching 6.0 innings and surrendering three runs with one walk and five strikeouts. Vanessa Ciocatto took the loss (1-3), going 2.0 innings and giving up two runs with no walks and no strikeouts.

For the Record

PC moves to 10-15 on the season, while Appalachian State now owns an 11-9 mark.

Up Next

The Blue Hose open conference play this weekend as they make the short trip north to Rock Hill, S.C. for games against Winthrop at Terry Field. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 18, with first pitches slated for 1 and 3 p.m. ET. The third game will be played Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

How to follow

Fans can follow all games at www.GoBlueHose.com, and @presbysb.

Appalachian State 4, Presbyterian 1 (March 16, 2017 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 1)

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App. State….....000 031 0 – 4 8 2 (11-8)

Presbyterian..000 010 0 – 1 5 1 (9-15)

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Pitchers: App. State – LONGANECKER, Kenzie.

Pesbyterian – COOK, Alex.

Win – LONGANECKER, Kenzie (7-3). Loss – COOK, Alex (1-4). T – 1:57 A – 65

Weather: 43 degrees, sunny

Presbyterian 4, Appalachian State 3 (March 16, 2017 at Clinton, S.C.) (Game 2)

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App. State……….000 101 1 – 3 5 3 (11-9)

Presbyterian..112 000 X – 4 5 1 (10-15)

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Pitchers: App. State – CIOCATTO, Vanessa; KENNEDY, Annaleise; and WILLIFORD, Katie.

Presbyterian – ALLEN, Kaylee; SHERROD, Natasha; and COOK, Alex.

Win – ALLEN, Kaylee (3-3). Loss – CIOCATTO, Vanessa (1-3). Save – COOK, Alex (3). T – 2:12 A – 167

HR App. State – PARKER, Cara (2). PC – ROGERS, Hope (1)

Weather: 51 degrees, sunny