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The Basics

Score: Kennesaw State 7, Western Carolina 1; Kennesaw State 10, Western Carolina 2 (5)

Records: Western Carolina 6-5, Kennesaw State 8-11

Location: Bailey Park, Kennesaw, Ga.

KENNESAW, Ga. – Western Carolina softball dropped a doubleheader at Kennesaw State Saturday falling 7-1 in game one and 10-2 in a shortened five-inning game two at Bailey Park as part of the I-75 Challenge.  

 

Kennesaw State 7, Western Carolina 1

Turning Point

After two scoreless innings, Kennesaw State exploded for four runs and then went on to score one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

 

How it Happened

  • Kennesaw State exploded for four runs in the third inning capped off with a three-run home run.
  • The Owls scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.
  • Western Carolina avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Kailey McNeil led off the inning with a walk and went on to score from an RBI single by Ashlyn Long.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior pitcher Kinsey Liscio suffered her first loss of the season falling to 3-1 on the year. She tossed her third straight complete game allowing seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and struck out four.
  • Kennesaw State had nine hits while WCU had six.
  • Long and Madison Armstrong each had two hits.

 

Kennesaw State 10, Western Carolina 2 (5)

Turning Point

The Owls scored seven runs in the first two innings and ended the game early with three in the bottom of the fourth to shorten the game to five innings per the run rule – ending the game if a team is leading by eight runs after five innings.

 

How it Happened

  • For the first time in the doubleheader, Western Carolina took a lead scoring a run in the top of the first. Long led off the game with a double to right center and scored on an RBI groundout by Hunter Gibbons.
  • Kennesaw State quickly took a 7-1 lead scoring three runs in the first and four in the second.
  • The Owls pushed their lead to 10-1 scoring three more runs in the bottom of the fourth
  • Western Carolina attempted to extend the game plating a run in the top of the fifth and was looking for more. With one out, the Catamounts got a baserunner courtesy of a walk to Erica Hayes who was quickly erased when Armstrong hit into fielder’s choice. Armstrong would go on to score when Kayla Brewer hit an RBI double. With Brewer on second, and the Catamounts looking to avoid the early ending to the game, a groundout ended the WCU rally attempt.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Shaina Reed got the starting nod lasting 1.1 innings giving up six runs on five hits. She falls to 1-3 on the year.
  • Brewer completed the game going 2.2 innings giving up four runs on five hits.
  • Western Carolina had three hits in the game while Kennesaw State had 10.

News & Notes

  • Gibbons has moved into a tie for first place in the Catamount record books for RBI in a career with 106 knotting her with former Catamount Taylor Sigmon
  • The Catamounts loss in game one to Kennesaw State halts a four-game win streak.
  • Long is on a four-game hit streak while Gibbons and McNeil have reached base safely in the last four games.
  • Hayes had her four-game streak of recording at least one RBI halted at four in game one.

 

Up Next

Western Carolina will complete play in the I-75 Challenge facing Georgia Tech in an early morning match-up with the two teams set to square off at 9 a.m. The single game can be seen on ACC Network Extra.  

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