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The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 4, Presbyterian 3; Presbyterian 3, Western Carolina 1

Records: Western Carolina 10-12, Presbyterian 10-20-2

Location: Presbyterian Softball Field, Clinton, S.C.    

CLINTON, S.C. – Western Carolina softball split a doubleheader at Presbyterian College taking the first game 4-3, in dramatic fashion, before dropping the nightcap 3-1 Wednesday at the Presbyterian Softball Field. 

 

Western Carolina 4, Presbyterian 3

Turning Point

Madison Armstrong’s insurance RBI single up the middle in the fifth inning proved to be the game-changer in the closing innings.

 

How it Happened

  • Hunter Gibbons two-run home run gave the Catamounts an early 2-0 lead after Lindsay Perillo drew a walk in the opening inning.
  • Freshman Myra Twitty’s sacrifice fly, in the second inning, scored Addie Pate after she led off with a double.
  • Presbyterian cut Western Carolina’s lead to one run, 3-2, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
  • Western Carolina added an insurance run thanks to Armstrong’s RBI single in the fifth inning scoring Perillo who hit a one-out single and came around to score.
  • The Blue Hose made things interesting plating a run in the bottom of the seventh cutting the Catamount lead to one run again, 4-3. With two outs and runners at first and second relief pitcher, Kayla Brewer got a called strike three to end the Presbyterian rally attempt. 

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Junior Kinsey Liscio got the start and win improving to 6-3 on the season. She went four innings giving up two runs on five hits and struck out two.
  • Fellow junior Kylie Shay replaced Liscio to open the fifth inning and went 2.2 innings giving up one run on three hits.
  • Brewer replaced Shay with two outs and runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh. She faced just the one batter and got the strikeout to end the game. She earns her first save of the season.
  • Western Carolina turned two double plays in the game.
  • The Catamounts and Blue Hose each had eight hits in the game.
  • Gibbons, Perillo, and Pate each had two hits in the game.

 

Presbyterian 3, Western Carolina 1

Turning Point

Presbyterian scored three unanswered runs to take game two of the doubleheader for the come from behind victory.

 

How it Happened

  • What looked like would be a quick Western Carolina 2-0 lead to open the game, after Gibbons’ apparent home run, turned into an RBI single for the senior when she was called out for running past Perillo who was on first.
  • The loss of a 2-0 advantage loomed large when Presbyterian finally scratched the scoreboard in the fourth inning to tie the game 1-1 and then took its first lead of the doubleheader scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
  • Just like Presbyterian did in game one, Western Carolina attempted a rally in the seventh. The Catamounts got two runners on but a Blue Hose double play and a pop up ended the game.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Shaina Reed got the start and went 4.1 innings giving up three runs on seven hits and struck out one.
  • Brewer replaced Reed with one out in the fifth inning. She tossed 1.2 innings of scoreless ball giving up four hits and striking out one. 
  • Presbyterian had 11 hits in the game and stranded 11 runners.

 

News & Notes

  • With Liscio’s win in game one, she picked up her sixth victory of the season which is a new season-high for the Calhoun, Ga. native.
  • Gibbons has reached base safely in the last five games.
  • Combined in the pair of games, Brewer threw two scoreless innings giving up four hits, striking out two and earned a save.

 

Up Next

Western Carolina hosts ETSU in the Catamounts Southern Conference home opener beginning with a doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. 

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