Score: Western Carolina 6, Samford 4
Records: Western Carolina 21-30, Samford 22-30
Location: Frost Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – No. 7 seed Western Carolina softball scored five unanswered runs in the final two innings to mount a come from behind 6-4 win over No. 2 Samford Wednesday in the opening round of the 2019 Southern Conference Championships at Frost Stadium.
Trailing 4-1 after five innings, Western Carolina scored five unanswered runs, including four runs in the top of the seventh, to come from behind for the victory over Samford.
How it Happened
- Western Carolina got on the scoreboard first when a Samford error allowed Ashlyn Long to come across the plate.
- Samford answered in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run to take a 2-1 lead.
- The Bulldogs tacked on a run in the bottom of the second and one in the third.
- Western Carolina cut the Samford lead in half scoring a run in the top of the sixth. Hunter Gibbons drew a one-out walk and stole second and scored off an RBI single by Erica Hayes.
- The Catamounts rallied in the top of the seventh to score four runs, all with two outs, and take their second, and last lead, of the game. Lindsay Perillo and Madison Armstrong started things off with back-to-back one-out singles. After Long hit into a fielder’s choice erasing Perillo at third, the Catamounts were down to their last out. First Team All-Conference selection Gibbons doubled to left center for an RBI scoring Armstrong and cutting the Bulldog lead to one, 4-3. All-Freshman honoree Baily Huneycutt tied the game on an RBI single scoring Long. Hayes followed with her second and third RBI of the game with a two-RBI triple scoring Gibbons and Huneycutt and give WCU a 6-4 lead.
- Western Carolina sat Samford down in order to close out the bottom of the seventh and seal the win.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior pitcher Kinsey Liscio got the start in the game and went 1.1 innings before she was lifted with one out in the second. She gave up three runs on five hits and struck out one.
- Senior Shaina Reed replaced Liscio in the second inning and closed out the game tossing 5.2 innings. She gave up one run on three hits and struck out two. After Reed gave up a run in the third inning, she went on to toss 4.1 scoreless innings and improves to 9-15 on the year.
- After getting just two hits over the first five innings, Western Carolina notched seven hits over the last two. Samford ended the game with eight hits.
- Hayes went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
- Honeycutt was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
- Gibbons and Long scored a pair of runs.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina logged its first win against Samford in Southern Conference Championship play.
- Armstrong pushed her on-base streak to six-straight games.
- Gibbons hit her 35th career double against Samford moving her into a tie with teammate Armstrong for second place in the WCU record books. The two are chasing the record of 37 set by former Catamount Courtney Price.
- Gibbons has scored 107 career runs and needs two runs to move into second place in the WCU record books.
- Hayes’ 34 RBI on the season moves her into a tie for 12th place in the WCU record books for most RBI in a season.
- Western Carolina’s win in the opening round of the 2019 SoCon Championships halts three-straight years the Catamounts have lost in the opening round.
- The Catamounts’ 6-4 opening round win over Samford marks the first time since the 2015 season WCU has won an opening round game when No. 5 seed Western Carolina defeated No. 4 seed Furman 6-1.
- The Catamounts are now 5-7 in opening round games of the SoCon Championships.
Western Carolina will face the winner of the game between No. 3 seed Chattanooga and No. 6 seed Furman at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Frost Field.
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