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Softball Drops a Pair of Games at Charleston Challenge

March 18, 2017

Box Score vs. CofC Box Score vs. Ohio

The Basics:
Score: College of Charleston 8, Western Carolina 0 (5); Ohio 10, Western Carolina 0 (5)
Records: Western Carolina 5-9, College of Charleston 13-10, Ohio 17-6
Location: Mount Pleasant, S.C., Patriots Point

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Western Carolina softball dropped a pair of games at the Charleston Challenge Saturday; both in five innings. The Catamounts fell to host College of Charleston 8-0 and Ohio 10-0.

Turning Point:
College of Charleston scored in three of the five innings including a two-run homerun to open the game in the bottom of the first. The Cougars broke open the game in the bottom of the fifth with five runs to shorten the game to five innings.

How it Happened:
College of Charleston got on the scoreboard early with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first. After two scoreless innings, the Cougars scored a run in the fourth and five in the fifth.

Inside the Box Score:
- Western Carolina turned two double plays in the game.
- Western Carolina put three pitchers on the mound against the Cougars. Courtney Buchanan started the game and was lifted in the fifth for Lily Hayes who faced four batters before she was replaced by Kinsey Liscio.
- Buchanan went 4.1 innings giving up five runs on five hits and struck out four. She takes the loss and falls to 1-3 on the season.
- Hayes faced four batters giving up three runs on three hits.
- Liscio went 0.1 innings giving up two hits.
- College of Charleston had 10 hits in the game and Western Carolina had four.
- Hunter Gibbons had the only extra base hit for WCU - a double. \
- Ashlyn Long and Erica Hayes also had a hit in the game.

Turning Point:
Ohio scored three runs in the first inning and plated runs seven in the ensuing four innings to secure the win and shorten the game.

How it Happened:
Ohio scored in every inning including big scoring innings in the first, with three runs, and fourth, with five runs, to secure the win and shorten the game.

Inside the Box Score:
- For the second straight game, Western Carolina went through multiple pitchers with Shaina Reed getting the start before being lifted in the third for Liscio.
- Catamount Erica Hayes broke up Ohio pitcher Savannah Jo Dorsey's no-hitter with a single in the fourth inning - it was the only hit for the Catamounts.
- Reed went two innings allowing five runs on eight hits and walked four. She takes the loss and falls to 1-2 on the season.
- Liscio also went two innings giving up five runs on four hits and struck out two.

News & Notes:
- Both teams WCU faced, in the Charleston Challenge, were some form of a cat just like the Catamounts. College of Charleston is Cougars and Ohio is the Bobcats.
- Western Carolina was shut out in both games on Saturday with both games being shortened to five innings due to the score.
- The Catamounts are currently on a four-game losing streak.
- Abigail Daniels had her 12-game hitting streak snapped against College of Charleston. She also saw her streak of reaching base safely end at eight games.
- The pair of shutouts WCU suffered against College of Charleston and Ohio is the first back-to-back shutouts Western Carolina has suffered this season.
- Erica Hayes is on a two-game hitting streak.

Up Next:
Western Carolina will complete play Sunday at the Charleston Challenge facing Ohio at 10 a.m. and College of Charleston at 2 p.m.

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