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The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 4, UNCG 3; Western Carolina 8, UNCG 3

Records: Western Carolina 16-23, 4-7 SoCon, UNCG 25-15, 7-4 SoCon

Location: UNCG Softball Complex, Greensboro, N.C.   

GREENSBORO, N.C. – In a wild and crazy 24 plus hours, Western Carolina softball swept UNCG 4-3, 8-3 at the UNCG Softball Complex. The first game on Saturday was a completion of the halted game from Friday afternoon that was called due to inclement weather.

The two teams only played two games of the three-game series as game two began around 5 p.m. after more rain and lightning hampered the start of play earlier in the day. SoCon softball games cannot start after 6 p.m. so the two teams were unable to play the final game of the series.   

 

Western Carolina 4, UNCG 3

Turning Point

Tied 3-3, senior Hunter Gibbons hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth to put the Catamounts up 4-3.

Also, a key point was UNCG’s apparent game-tying hit in the bottom of the seventh, but the Spartans’ Delaney Cumbie, who hit the sacrifice game-tying RBI, was listed in the line-up card with the wrong number and called out. The next UNCG batter flew out to end the game.

 

How it Happened

  • Junior Ashlyn Long was hit by a pitch to lead off the game. Bailey Huneycutt laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Long over and reached first herself on a UNCG error pushing Long all the way to third. Shaina Reed’s fielder’s choice RBI scored Long to put the Catamounts up 1-0.
  • UNCG answered with a run in the bottom of the first as the game was tied 1-1.
  • In the third inning solo homeruns by Catamounts’ Addie Pate and Erica Hayes gave WCU a 3-1 lead.
  • Just like in the bottom of the first, UNCG answered with a pair of runs to tie the game again.
  • Gibbons hit the third home run of the game, for the Catamounts, in the top of the fifth to put WCU up for good.
  • At almost 3 p.m. on Friday, April 12, the game was halted due to inclement weather in the bottom of the sixth.
  • A little after 4 p.m. on Saturday the game resumed and WCU held on to win.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Reed got the start in the circle and tossed a complete game. She improves to 6-12 on the year. She gave up two earned runs, five hits and struck out five.
  • Western Carolina and UNCG each had five hits in the game.
  • Gibbons and Pate each had a pair of hits.

 

Western Carolina 8, UNCG 3

Turning Point

Western Carolina scored seven runs combined, four in the fifth and three in the sixth, to take the lead over UNCG. After the Spartans scored three runs in the bottom of the first the Catamounts held them scoreless in the ensuing six innings.

 

How it Happened

  • Huneycutt hit a solo home run in the top of the first to give the Catamounts an early 1-0 lead.
  • UNCG responded with two homeruns in the bottom of the first, the first one a two-run shot, to take the lead 3-1.
  • Western Carolina scored four runs in the top of the fifth to retake the lead 5-3. Kailey McNeil led off the inning with a solo home run. With one out, Lindsay Perillo singled up the middle and went around to score thanks to an RBI triple by Hayes. Long followed with a two-run home run.
  • WCU added three more runs for the Catamounts in the top of the fifth. Gibbons drew a lead-off walk and moved to second from a sacrifice bunt by Madison Armstrong and moved to third from a ground out. Gibbons scored when Pate’s single sneaked past second base. With two outs Perillo drew a walk and she and pinch runner Alexis Lankford, who came in to run for Pate, moved to second and third on a UNCG wild pitch. Both Perillo and Lankford scored from a two-RBI double by Hayes. 
  • UNCG had a runner on first with one out, in the bottom of the seventh, but a soft liner to first base allowed Huneycutt to step on the bag at first and toss to second for the double-play to end the game.

 

 Inside the Box Score

  • Junior hurler Kinsey Liscio tossed a complete game giving up three runs on six hits and striking out four. After giving up three runs in the first inning, Liscio tossed six scoreless innings. She improves to 8-6 on the year.
  • Western Carolina had nine hits in the game and UNCG ended the contest with six.
  • Long and Hayes each had a pair of hits in the game and two RBI in the game.

 

News & Notes

  • As a team, Western Carolina has hit at least one home run in the last five games.
  • Gibbons has reached base safely in the last six games and is on a four-game hitting streak.
  • After scoring a pair of runs in the two games against UNCG, Gibbons becomes the fifth player in Western Carolina softball history to score 100 or more runs in a career. She sits at 100 ranking fifths in the Catamount record books.
  • The Catamounts’ 4-3 win in game one against UNCG halted an eight-game losing streak to the Spartans. It was WCU’s first win in Greensboro over UNCG since a 2-0 victory on April 4, 2015. The 2015 season is also the last time WCU has won a conference series against UNCG.

 

Up Next

Western Carolina will play a non-conference doubleheader at Winthrop on April 17. The first pitch of the twin bill is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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