Score: Chattanooga 2, Western Carolina 1
Records: Western Carolina 21-31, Chattanooga 35-14
Location: Frost Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – No. 7 seed Western Carolina softball dropped a heartbreaker to No. 3 seed Chattanooga 2-1 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Southern Conference Championships at Frost Stadium.
Chattanooga capitalized with bases loaded in the second inning scoring two runs on a two-RBI single by Emily Colthrap and held the Catamounts to one run throughout the remainder of the game.
How it Happened
- Chattanooga got on the scoreboard first plating two runs in the bottom of the second taking advantage of bases loaded.
- Madison Armstrong cut the Mocs’ lead in half for the Catamounts with a solo home run to left field in the top of the third.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina had a golden chance to tie the game in the top of the fourth when Erica Hayes led off with a triple but was stranded at third.
- The Catamounts attempted a rally in the top of the seventh after pinch hitter Cheyenne Mathews drew a walk and pinch hitter Kayla Brewer singled but the Catamounts couldn’t push the tying run across the plate.
- The Catamounts sat Chattanooga down in order in three of the six innings the Mocs went to the plate.
- Senior hurler Shaina Reed tossed a complete game allowing two runs on five hits and struck out one. After giving up two runs in the bottom of the second, along with four hits, Reed shut down Chattanooga closing out the game tossing 4.1 scoreless innings, allowing one base runner and just one hit. She falls to 9-16 on the year.
- Chattanooga got four of its five hits in the game in the first two innings.
- Western Carolina had six hits in the game.
- Armstrong went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
News & Notes
- Armstrong pushed her on-base streak to seven-straight games.
- Armstrong’s home run in the game against Chattanooga was her first of the season.
- Hayes hit her second triple of the SoCon Championships and her third of the season. The three triples this season tied for second place in the WCU record books for triples in a season.
- The Catamounts 2-1 loss to Chattanooga marks the fourth time in the last five games, in the SoCon Championships, WCU has lost by one run.
Western Carolina will face No. 4 seed Mercer in an elimination game. The game is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.
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