The Basics

Score: Appalachian State 8, Western Carolina 2; Western Carolina 3, Appalachian State 2

Records: Western Carolina 18-27, Appalachian State 30-17

Location: Catamount Softball Complex, Cullowhee, N.C.   

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina softball split a doubleheader with Appalachian State Tuesday dropping the first game 8-2 before holding on to take game two 3-2 at the Catamount Softball Complex. 

 

Appalachian State 8, Western Carolina 2

Turning Point

Appalachian State exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth and went on to score eight unanswered runs.

 

How it Happened

  • Western Carolina broke open a scoreless game scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Hunter Gibbons hit an RBI double and Addie Pate hit an RBI fielder’s choice.
  • The Mountaineer exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead.
  • Appalachian State added a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Kinsey Liscio got the start for Western Carolina and 3.2 innings. She takes the loss and falls to 9-9 on the year Liscio gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits and struck out two.
  • Kylie Shay replaced Liscio with two outs in the fourth. She tossed 2.2 innings giving up one run on four hits and exited the game with one out in the top of the seventh with bases loaded. In total, she gave up three runs on four hits.
  • Sophomore Kayla Brewer replaced Shay with one out and bases loaded in the top of the seventh. She went 0.2 innings giving up one hit which led to a pair of runners scoring credited to Shay.
  • Ashlyn Long and Erica Hayes each had a pair of hits in the game.
  • Western Carolina had eight hits as a team and committed three errors.

 

Western Carolina 3, Appalachian State 2

Turning Point

Western Carolina scored three runs in the fourth inning and held off Appalachian State’s rally attempt in the top of the seventh.

 

How it Happened

  • Western Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to break open a scoreless game. Back-to-back singles by Bailey Huneycutt and Gibbons set up the scoring. Huneycutt scored on a groundout RBI by Pate and Gibbons went home on a two-RBI home run by Hayes.
  • Appalachian State attempted a rally in the top of the seventh. After getting a lead-off hit by Haley Stewart, Allison Durrence hit a two-run home run to cut the Catamount lead to one. With two outs, the Mountaineers Ally Walters hit a single to right field but was picked off attempting to go to second to end the game.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior pitcher Shaina Reed tossed a complete game. She had a shutout going through six innings before Appalachian State scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning. Reed ended the contest allowing two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out three. She improves to 7-13 on the year.
  • Between the third and sixth inning, Reed and the Western Carolina defense sat down 11 straight Mountaineer batters.
  • Huneycutt had two of Western Carolina’s five hits.

 

News & Notes

  • Western Carolina’s game-two victory over Appalachian State halted the Catamounts four-game losing streak.
  • Gibbons has now reached base safely in the last 12 games. She is one away from tying her season-high of 13 sets earlier in the season.
  • Gibbons double in game one against Appalachian State gives her 33 in her career tying her with teammate Madison Armstrong for second place in the WCU record books. The two are now chasing the record of 37 set by former Catamount Courtney Price.
  • Hayes hit her sixth home run of the season pushing her RBI total to 28 which leads the team.
  • The Catamounts hit their 34th home run of the season in game two against the Mountaineers. WCU has hit 17 of its homeruns in the last 11 games.

 

Up Next

Western Carolina travels to Radford Wednesday to take on the Highlanders for a doubleheader set to begin at 3 p.m.  

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