The Basics

Score: Western Carolina 7, Charlotte 0; Western Carolina 16, Charlotte 8 (5)

Records: Western Carolina 12-17, Charlotte 10-20

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

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina softball combined for 23 runs and 25 hits in the 7-0, 16-8 doubleheader sweep of Charlotte Wednesday at the Catamount Softball Complex. The second game was shortened to five innings due to the run rule.


Western Carolina 7, Charlotte 0

Turning Point

Western Carolina held Charlotte scoreless and scored multiple runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings.


How it Happened

  • Hunter Gibbons’ hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Catamounts a quick 2-0 lead.
  • In the fourth inning, senior Shaina Reed gave the Catamounts a quick 3-0 lead with a solo home run. Bailey Huneycutt hit a double and scored thanks to an Ashlyn Long RBI single to put WCU up 4-0.
  • The Catamounts plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game away. Back-to-back Charlotte errors put Reed and Huneycutt on base. After a fielder’s choice by Erica Hayes erased Reed, an RBI double by Long scored Huneycutt. With two outs, Gibbons singled down the third base line for two RBI.



Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina had 10 hits in the game.
  • Senior hurler Shaina Reed tossed a complete game shutout improving to 3-9 on the year. She sat down the last 10 batters to close out the game.
  • Lindsay Perillo and Gibbons went 3-for-4 in the game.
  • Gibbons recorded four RBI.
  • Catamounts’ Gibbons and Reed each had homeruns in the game.


Western Carolina 16, Charlotte 8 (5)

Turning Point

Western Carolina scored 12 of its runs in the first two innings and pushed across runs in four of the five innings played.


How it Happened

  • Charlotte scored its first runs of the doubleheader pushing across two runs in the top of the first.
  • Western Carolina came out swinging scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. Long started the inning with a single and moved to second on a Perillo sacrifice bunter. Gibbons followed with a single and Armstrong was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Back-to-back walks by the Charlotte pitcher scored Long and Gibbons and fielder’s choice RBI by Reed plated the third run. Hayes hit a two-RBI single for the final two runs of the inning.
  • The Catamounts continued their scoring ways in the second inning exploding for seven runs. Thirteen batters came to the plate in the inning and it all started with a Charlotte error allowing Perillo to reach first. Back-to-back singles by Gibbons and Armstrong loaded the bases and a Kailey McNeil RBI single scored Perillo. Addie Pate’s RBI double scored two more runs for WCU pushing across Gibbons and Armstrong. Reed followed with a single to put runners on second and third setting up Huneycutt’s three-run home run.
  • Charlotte got back in the game pushing across five runs in the top of the third to trail 12-7.
  • The Catamounts tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Long led off the inning with a double to centerfield. With two outs Armstrong walked. McNeil followed with a single and Long went on to score off a Charlotte error. Pate walked to load the bases and Reed also drew a walk to score Armstrong.
  • The 49ers got a run back in the top of the fifth off a solo home run.
  • Western Carolina shortened the game to five innings scoring a pair of runs to initiate the run rule of eight runs after five innings. Erica Hayes led off the inning with a single through the right side. Pinch hitter Emily Castro singled down the third base line to put runners on first and second. Gibbons drew the first of three walks in the inning to load the bases. Walks to McNeil and Pate scored the game-clinching two runs.


Inside the Box Score

  • Western Carolina scored a season-best 16 runs as well as the most hits in the season with 15.
  • Kylie Shay got the start and went 1.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits and struck out one. Shay was lifted for Kayla Brewer who went 1.1 innings as well who yielded five runs on two hits.
  • Junior Kinsey Liscio closed out the contest tossing 2.1 innings allowing one run on three hits and striking out two. She took the win improving to 7-4 on the year.
  • Huneycutt led the team going 3-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI.
  • McNeil also had three RBI in the contest along with a pair of hits.



News & Notes

  • Gibbons pushed her on-base streak to 12 straight games. 
  • Huneycutt is on a six-game hitting streak.
  • Western Carolina’s first win of the doubleheader halted a six-game losing streak.
  • The Catamounts are now 10-2 against Charlotte and are now 5-0 against the 49ers in Cullowhee.
  • Armstrong moved up to ninth in the WCU record books for hits in a career with 143.
  • Gibbons sits in fifth place for runs scored in a career with 96.
  • Huneycutt hit the first home run of her career in game two against Charlotte.
  • With one of the games of the three-game series at Mercer being pushed up to Friday the Catamounts are looking at playing six games in the last five days.


Up Next

Western Carolina will travel to Macon. Ga. in the Catamounts’ first conference road games of the year. The three-game series has been pushed up a day, due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the Catamounts and Bears will play a single game Friday at 5 p.m. and the doubleheader as scheduled on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.    

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