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CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina softball’s three-game series at UNCG has been moved to Friday and Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather. The doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. Friday and the finale is set for 1 p.m. Saturday.  

 

AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CATAMOUNTS:

Western Carolina had its mid-week doubleheader with North Carolina A&T canceled after the two teams were in the bottom of the third in game one due to lightning and heavy rain. The Catamounts were up 6-0 in the bottom of the third when the game was halted due to lightning. After a two hour delay, the game was called off.

The shifting of days in the three-game SoCon series at UNCG is the second time in three weeks the Catamounts' conference series has been pushed up to Friday and Saturday.

UNCG holds a 26-18 record over Western Carolina. The Spartans have won the last eight meetings and won the last two conference series. UNCG holds a slight edge over WCU in Greensboro holding onto an 11-10 record. The Catamounts last win at UNCG came in 2015 when WCU shut out the Spartans 2-0.

As a team, Western Carolina has hit at least home run in the last three games.

Bailey Huneycutt went above .300 in batting with a .306 batting average to become the second Catamount on the squad hitting above .300. Hunter Gibbons leads the squad hitting .312.

Gibbons has reached base safely in the last four games and Huneycutt is on a three-game hitting streak.

Last week, playing seven games, Shaina Reed hit .467 with seven hits, four runs scored, three homeruns and seven RBI. She was also 1-2 in the circle with three appearances and three starts tossing 15 innings. Reed had three multiple hit games and two multiple RBI games.

Western Carolina has won the opening game of its conference series in the last two SoCon three-game series.

 

AN INSIDE LOOK AT UNCG:

UNCG is coming off a doubleheader split at Appalachian State on Wednesday taking the first game 5-2 before dropping the second game by the same score. The Spartans have swept their last two SoCon series winning series against Chattanooga and Furman. The nightcap loss to Appalachian State halted an eight-game winning streak by UNCG.

The Spartans have four players hitting above .300 on the season. Marisa Sholtes leads UNCG with a .340 batting average with 32 hits, 17 runs, nine doubles, nine homeruns, and 28 RBI. Other Spartans hitting above .300: Makenna Matthijis (.330), Delaney Cumble (.326), Gabi Howard (.321).

Stephanie Bryden leads the Spartans in the circle with a record of 18-6 and a 2.22 ERA. She has made 26 appearances and 19 starts with 15 complete games and five shutouts. She has tossed 139 innings pitched and 174 strikeouts.

For inning by inning updates of Catamount softball follow @wcusoftball (Twitter) and for intermittent updates and full recaps please follow @catamounts (Twitter) or go to www.catamountsports.com.

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