Catamounts win second straight SoCon series
Sigmon two RBI away for breaking WCU school record
Pitching staff combines for 25 strikeouts in pair of games
Individual Records and team precedents set
Notes: First Western Carolina Catamount student-athlete to have a feature article appear on them at espn.com - Perfect pitch by Graham Hayes.
2008 (Junior): Played in 54 of 55 games and started 51 ... Also made 36 appearances on the mound and started 24 ... Voted Southern Conference Player of the Week ... Broke the school record for homeruns (27) and RBI (84) in a career ... Tossed the second no-hitter of her career with a five inning performance against College of Charleston on her 21st birthday ... The winning pitcher in every regular-season Southern Conference game victory ... Tossed back-to-back 100 plus strikeouts in a season with 115, which bests her previous mark of 102 in her sophomore season ... Her 152 innings pitched ranks third in the record books for innings pitched in a season ... Second on the team in homeruns (6) and doubles (8) and fifth on the team with a .277 batting average ... Ranked second in the record books for most games played with 176 ... Broke her single-game record for RBI with seven against Winston-Salem State ... Had 11 multiple hit performances ... Her 11-game hitting streak was the second-longest on the team ... 2008 Preseason Southern All-Conference First Team at first base and voted Preseason Second Team as a pitcher ... Was the backup goalkeeper for the Catamount soccer team in 2007.
2007 (Sophomore):Played in 61 of the club's 62 games ... Split time between first base and the pitching mound ... Named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week (April 30) ... Led the team in conference only games with a 1.31 ERA and won five conference games on the mound ... She also only allowed three extra base hits in conference only games and led the team in homeruns with 10 ... Tossed the first no-hitter of her career in a 4-0 victory over Georgia Southern (April 28, 2007) ... Led the team with a 2.83 ERA ... Made 28 appearances and started 22 games ... Ended the season with a 11-8 record ... Recorded a career-high 102 strikeouts, which ranks second on the team ... Tossed two shutouts ... Ranked second on the team in RBI with 39, which is also good for fifth place for RBI in a season ... Ranked third on the team in hits with 44 ... Had eight multiple hit performances ... Named to the Second Annual Best Western Catamount Classic All-Tournament Team.
2006 (Freshman): One of just three returning players that started all 61 of Western's games in 2006, 58 at first base and three as a pitcher ... Ranked sixth on the team with a .269 batting average and was one of five players with double-digit home runs hitting 11 to rank tied for fourth ... Her 11 home runs ranked tied with teammate Jenny Jackson for sixth in the SoCon ... Recorded 12 multiple hit games including a career single-game high three hits on three separate occasions ... Led WCU in fielding percentage (.978) tallying 413 putouts in 448 chances while also fielding a team-high nine double-plays ... Was named the SoCon Player of the Week on Feb. 20, marking the first such honor in WCU softball history ... Enjoyed the team's third-longest hitting streak reaching successfully in eight-straight games from Mar. 18-28 ... Hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings helping WCU sweep Furman (3/25-26) in its SoCon opening series ... Was awarded WCU's "Play of the Year" honor by the coaching staff for her program-first home run against Tennessee Tech.
High School: A three-time all-conference selection that earned Two Rivers Conference Player of the Year honors as both a junior and senior ... Named to the NCFSCA 4-A All-State team her senior year ... In three seasons, had a combined overall pitching record of 55-7 while striking out 419 batters with a career 0.58 ERA ... At the plate, hit .398 for her career with 10 homeruns, a career-best five of which came during her junior season ... Helped lead South View to four-consecutive Two Rivers Conference Championships and a berth in the NCHSSA final four in her last season ... As a senior, recorded the most wins in the state with 25 with a Cumberland County and career-best 0.26 ERA with 188 K's in 158.0 innings pitched ... Hit .418 with a county-leading 44 RBI, which ranked third in the state, and four home runs in her final year as a prep ... Her best offensive season came as a junior, hitting .440 to rank fourth in the county with 37 hits, including the aforementioned five long balls ... She was also a three-year, all-conference performer in volleyball, and a member of the all-state chorus.
Personal: Full name is Lauren Whitney Ross ... Daughter of Dan and Sabrina Ross ... Has two siblings, Daniel and Elizabeth ... Contributes a blog to the NCAA sponsored site DoubleAZone.com ... Majoring in Criminal Justice