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The Basics

Score: Furman 6, Western Carolina 2

Records: Western Carolina 20-30, 5-12 SoCon, Furman 13-33, 5-9 SoCon

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

CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Western Carolina softball dropped its final home game of the season, on Senior Day, falling to Furman 6-2 Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex.

Turning Point

Furman scored six unanswered runs which included two homeruns.

 

How it Happened

  • Western Carolina took the early 1-0 lead scoring a run in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles. Hunter Gibbons hit a two-out double to left center and Kailey McNeil sent her home courtesy of an RBI double down the third base line.
  • Furman scored six unanswered runs, which included scoring three runs in the top of the second.
  • The Catamounts got a run back and looked to add more in the top of the sixth. Gibbons led off with a single followed by McNeil’s second double of the game. Gibbons scored when Erica Hayes hit an RBI groundout to second base. With a walk by Lindsay Perillo, the Catamounts had bases loaded and two outs but a groundout ended the threat.

 

Inside the Box Score

  • Pitcher Shaina Reed got the start going 3.1 innings giving up five runs on six hits falling to 8-15 on the season.
  • Reed was lifted for Kinsey Liscio with one out in the fourth. Liscio completed the game allowing one run on two hits and struck out five.
  • Furman had eight hits and two error in the game while WCU had six hits.
  • Gibbons when 2-for-4 in the game and scored both of Western Carolina’s runs.
  • McNeil had two hits, both doubles.

 

News & Notes

  • Gibbons has scored 105 runs in career continuing to rank fourth in the WCU record books. She needs four runs to take over second place.
  • Gibbons also notched her 34th career double ranking third in the WCU record books and one behind teammate Armstrong who ranks second with 35.
  • Armstrong has reached base safely in the last five games.
  • McNeil’s pair of doubles in the game against Furman was a career-best in a game for the catcher.
  • Hayes knocked in her career-best, and team-leading, 31st RBI for the season ranking her tied for 14th in the WCU record books.

 

Up Next

Western Carolina will take five days off before stepping out of conference to face ACC member No. 24/23 Virginia Tech for a doubleheader set to begin at noon May 4 in Blacksburg, Va.  

 

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