The Basics

Score: Samford 6, Western Carolina 4

Records: Western Carolina 14-23, 2-7 SoCon, Samford 17-25, 6-3 SoCon

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

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina softball’s comeback fell short falling to Samford 6-4 Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex.  


Turning Point

Samford scored six runs in the fourth and fifth innings.


How it Happened

  • Western Carolina scratched across a run in the bottom of the third. Ashlyn Long drew a walk was sacrificed over to second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on the second passed ball of the inning. 
  • Samford scored two runs with two outs in the top of the fourth to lead 2-1.
  • The Bulldogs exploded for four runs in the top of the fifth.
  • Freshman Bailey Huneycutt led off the bottom of the fifth, for the Catamounts, with a solo home run. That was the catalyst for two more runs in the inning for WCU. Hunter Gibbons reached on a Samford error followed by Shaina Reed’s single and each moved up a base on the play to have Gibbons on third and Reed on second. Pinch hitter Kayla Brewer groundout but Gibbons scored for an RBI. Madison Armstrong’s RBI single up the middle scored Reed for the third run of the inning.


Inside the Box Score

  • Reed got the start in the circle and went five innings giving up six runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out two. She falls to 5-12 on the season.
  • Junior pitcher Kinsey Liscio replaced Reed to start the sixth inning. She tossed two scoreless innings giving up three hits and benefitted from the Catamount defense turning a double play, with one out and the bases loaded, in the top of the seventh.
  • Gibbons and Reed led the team with two hits.
  • Western Carolina had eight hits in the game while Samford had 11.
  • The Catamounts looked to be making a rally attempt when Reed led off the bottom of the seventh with a single but Samford turned a double play and got a groundout to end the game.

News & Notes

  • As a team, Western Carolina has hit at least home run in the last three games.
  • Huneycutt went above .300 in batting with a .306 batting average to become the second Catamount on the squad hitting above .300. Gibbons leads the squad hitting .312.
  • Gibbons has reached base safely in the last four games and Huneycutt is on a three-game hitting streak.
  • For the week, playing seven games, Reed hit .467 with seven hits, four runs scored, three homeruns and seven RBI. She was also 1-2 in the circle with three appearances and three starts tossing 15 innings. Reed had three multiple hit games and two multiple RBI games.


Up Next

Western Carolina will play a non-conference doubleheader with North Carolina A&T beginning at 3 p.m.

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