Score: UT Martin 7, Western Carolina 3; Alabama A&M 4, Western Carolina 1
Records: Western Carolina 2-3
Location: Montgomery, Ala.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Western Carolina softball dropped the final two games at the Black and Gold Tournament hosted by Alabama State Sunday.
The Catamounts resumed their game with UT Martin, that was halted due to weather on Friday, Sunday afternoon falling 7-3. In the final game of the day, the Catamounts were downed by Alabama A&M 4-1.
UT Martin 7, Western Carolina 3
The game began on Friday afternoon and was halted in the bottom of the third inning with the game tied at three. Two days later, on Sunday afternoon, the game resumed and was completed.
With the game tied at three, the two teams returned to the field on Sunday after the rain chased them away on Friday afternoon in the bottom of the third. The Skyhawks took the lead in the third which spurred four unanswered runs to take the win.
How it Happened
- UT Martin took the early lead scoring three runs in the bottom of the first.
- Western Carolina tied the game 3-3 in the top of the third. Lindsay Perrilo and Erica Hayes started the inning off on a strong note with back-to-back singles. Ashlyn Long hit the third single of the inning which came with an RBI as Perrilo scored. Hunter Gibbons would not be turned away as she also logged an RBI single plating Hayes. Long scored the third run of the inning courtesy of sacrifice RBI by Madison Armstrong.
- When UT Martin began their half of the third on Sunday afternoon, they quickly retook the lead scoring a run. They were held to just one run in that inning when the Catamounts turned a
rartriple play when a fly ball to left field was hauled in and a pair of runners were picked off at second and third to end the inning.
- The Skyhawks went to extend its lead by scoring two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina had six hits in the game while UT Martin had 10.
- Six different Catamounts had a hit in the game: Hayes, Long, Gibbons, Armstrong, Bailey Huneycutt, and
- Sophomore pitcher Kayla Brewer went all six innings, albeit they were broken up by two innings on Friday and four on Sunday, giving up seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits and striking out two. She falls to 1-1 on the year.
- UT Martin pitching sat down 11 straight Catamount batters from the fourth to the seventh inning. Huneycutt broke the streak by drawing a two-out walk but a groundout ended the inning and the game.
Alabama A&M 4, Western Carolina 1
Alabama A&M scored all four runs in the first four innings and held Western Carolina to one in the game.
How it Happened
- Alabama A&M took a quick 2-0 lead scoring runs in the first and second innings.
- Western Carolina got on the board scoring a run in the top of the fourth. With one out, Gracen Watts drew a one-out walk and scored when Huneycutt hit an RBI double.
- Alabama A&M extended its lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina had a chance to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning when the Catamounts had bases loaded. A strikeout ended the rally attempt and the game.
- The Catamounts had 10 baserunners with four coming courtesy of walks.
- Western Carolina strung together three hits while Alabama A&M had five.
- Four Western Carolina errors accounted for three of Alabama A&M’s four runs.
- Gibbons, Huneycutt and Addie Pate had hits for the Catamounts.
- Senior Shaina Reed got the starting pitcher nod tossing a complete game. She allowed just five hits and one earned run striking out two. She falls to 0-2 on the year.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina ended its opening weekend 2-3.
- Gibbons is eyeing a pair of Western Carolina career records in the early days of her senior season. She is currently tied for the home run record with former Catamount Lauren Ross with 29. She is also looking to snap the RBI record with 104 in her career which is good for second place. She needs three RBI to take over first place from another celebrated Catamount Taylor Sigmon.
- The Catamounts scored a total of 28 runs in the first five games of the season.
- In the combined five games, Western Carolina had 11 extra base hits – eight doubles and three homeruns. Freshman Huneycutt hit four of the Catamounts’ eight doubles.
Western Carolina hits the road on Tuesday traveling to Clinton, S.C. to take on Presbyterian in a doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN+.
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