RUTGERS 2, APPALACHIAN STATE 1
LYNCHBURG, VA – Katie Wingert led off the bottom of the sixth inning for Rutgers with a long home run to left field, and starting pitcher Whitney Jones threw a complete-game five-hitter for the Scarlet Knights.
Freshman Aleah Marra knocked in an insurance run in the sixth inning as Rutgers (29-24) prevailed in its first postseason game since 1994. The Knights will face host Liberty later Thursday (4 p.m. ET).
In the top of the seventh, Jones (12-13) got two quick outs with a liner and groundout to third base. Laura Sales got on base with a single, but the final out came on a popout to first base.
The Mountaineers (31-24) had a chance to break through in the top of the fourth, as Allison Durrence’s single put runners on first and third with one out. But one-hop shot to third was handled by Rutgers’ Myah Moy, and the inning ended on a flyout to left field. Durrence had two hits for the game.