By Bobby Neal. MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — App State softball improved its MTSU Invitational record to 2-1 on March 11 with a 10-0 performance against Green Bay.
The Mountaineers brought home 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning, their most in a frame since April 16, 2015, in a 20-3 victory over Radford. Those 10 runs against the Phoenix would be the only scores put up by either team throughout the game.
The last time App State scored 10 runs in a game was on April 12, 2022 in a win over N.C. Central.
Sejal Neas improved her record to 4-1 as her team earned its fourth shutout of the season. Neas struck out four batters and allowed only two hits as Kylie LaRousa held things down from the catcher slot.
After the Mountaineers forced a three-up, three-down top of the first, the squad came to the plate with aggression, tallying seven hits in the bottom of the inning. Kayt Houston was walked to start the inning, and Taylor Thorp singled to right-center to bring in Houston for the first of 10 runs. Thorp has batted in 11 runs this season, the second-most on the team.
Moments later, Addie Wray punched a two-run single, followed by a ground-rule double from LaRousa as McKenzie McCullen, Thorp and Kaley Coltrain reached home to make the score 5-0.
After an RBI from Barnes, the Black and Gold returned to the top of its lineup, leading to RBI singles by Houston, Sidney Martin, McCullen and Wray. The Mountaineers posted 15 at-bats in the first inning. Wray batted in three total runs through her two at-bats to lead the team.
The score differential allowed several non-starters to earn reps on both sides of the ball, as 17 Mountaineers saw the field.
App State’s game against Western Illinois has been moved to Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET. That will be the team’s fifth and final game of the MTSU Invitational, following a rematch with Green Bay at 11 a.m. ET.