Score: Western Carolina 9, Winthrop 4
Records: Western Carolina 17-23, Winthrop 21-21
Location: Terry Field, Rock Hill, S.C.
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Junior Ashlyn Long hit a grand-slam to help push Western Carolina softball past Winthrop 9-4 Wednesday at Terry Field. The two teams agreed to play just one game due to the Catamounts shifting their doubleheader at Chattanooga to Thursday.
Western Carolina scored five runs in the second inning and built on that lead scoring four more runs combined in the fifth and sixth.
How it Happened
- Western Carolina opened up the game scoring five runs in the top of the second. Madison Armstrong started it off with a one-out single up the middle and Erica Hayes followed with a single. With one out, Kailey McNeil hit an RBI single to score Armstrong and she moved to second and Hayes to third on a Winthrop error. Lindsay Perillo was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two outs, Ashlyn Long hit a grand-slam.
- Winthrop scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third from a sacrifice fly RBI and an RBI single.
- The Eagles scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Catamount lead to one, 5-4.
- After being held scoreless for two innings, the Catamounts scratched another run across courtesy of an RBI single by Hunter Gibbons which scored Long from second.
- Western Carolina plated three runs in the top of the sixth. Hayes led off with a double to right field and moved to third on a single by Addie Pate. Pinch hitter Gracen Watts’ RBI single to right field scored Hayes and she and Pate moved to second and third from a sacrifice bunt by Perillo. Long’s single to centerfield notched her the fifth RBI of the game when Pate scored. Watts went on to score off an Eagles’ pitcher wild pitch.
- The Catamounts turned a double play with bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to end a Winthrop threat.
Inside the Box Score
- Long hit the first grand slam of her career.
- Reed got the start in the circle and went 3.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits and striking out one. She had a no-hitter going for two innings and had a no-decision in the game when she left.
- Junior Kinsey Liscio replaced Reed with one out in the bottom of the fourth. She closed out the game tossing 3.2 innings scoreless innings giving up three hits and striking out three. She picks up the win in the game and improves to 9-6 on the season.
- Long and Hayes each had a pair of hits in the game and each scored a pair of runs. Long also had five RBI.
- Western Carolina had 10 hits in the game and committed one error.
News & Notes
- Western Carolina has now hit at least one home run in the last six games and has a total of 13 in the last six.
- Long’s five RBI in the game is a career-best for the junior.
- Gibbons pushes her current hitting streak to five-straight games and has reached base safely in the last seven contests.
- The Catamounts are now riding a three-game hitting streak and have won four of its last six games.
- Hayes has really stepped up at the plate in the last six games. She is hitting .438 with seven hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run, and three RBI.
Western Carolina’s three-game Southern Conference series at Chattanooga has been moved up a day due to the threat of inclement weather in the Chattanooga, Tenn. area. The Catamounts will now face the Mocs in a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. with the finale slated for noon Friday.
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