March 3, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a rematch of Friday's game, Southern Miss (10-14) defeated Appalachian State (3-7) by a score of 5-3 on Sunday in the FSU Renegade Classic from JoAnne Graf Field.
"It was a great team win for us today," said co-head coach Jon Malgradi. "We did all of the little things well that we have to do to win ball games, from fielding to defense to hitting, they put together a complete game. Now, we begin conference play and tough non-conference trips like these are what you need to prepare you for Conference USA play."
True freshman Michelle Stringer had her first multi-hit game, going 2-for-4, at the plate while playing errorless defense and making stellar defensive stops at third. The Waveland, Miss., native finished with four assists and a pair of putouts on the day.
Southern Miss scored first for the 17th time this season, taking an early 3-0 lead in the second inning. After Mackenzie Sher walked and moved over on Danielle LaPointe's sacrifice, a Michelle Stringer single and nifty baserunning put runners in scoring position for Kristen Franson who drew a walk to load the bases.
In to pinch hit, freshman Katie Cleary delivered an RBI single into left field and Caroline Walker added two more runs on an RBI double down the left field line to give Southern Miss a 3-0 advantage. The Golden Eagles reloaded the bases in the inning but Trojan pitcher Alissa Schoelkopf was able to induce a pair of fly outs to end the threat.
Troy answered back in the bottom of the frame on Ashley Seering's two-out solo homer to right center, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Southern Miss added to their lead in the third when Sher doubled to lead off the inning, advanced on a ground out, and came across on a passed by ASU to go up 4-1.
A pair of singles in the bottom of the frame, from Dani Heichen and Cynthia Gomez, brought the Mountaineers back to within two, but Southern Miss stretched the lead to three runs in the sixth with a two-out single from Taylor Beck, driving in Morgan McKeever from second.
In their half of the sixth, ASU managed to take advantage of two Golden Eagle throwing errors and got a fielder's choice from Alex Sohl to plate a run from third, but Kimberly Wagner struck out a swinging Seering to end the threat.
Wagner (6-3) got the Mountaineers to go down in order in the seventh to hold on for the win and get Southern Miss a third place finish at the tournament.
Conference USA play begins for Southern Miss next weekend, Mar. 9-10, when the Golden Eagles host Houston in a three-game set at the Southern Miss Softball Complex. C-USA action is scheduled as a doubleheader on Saturday with a single game on Sunday. Games on both days are set for 1 p.m. starts.
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