Score: Western Carolina 2, Presbyterian 1 / Western Carolina 7, Presbyterian 3
Records: Western Carolina 22-11, Presbyterian 17-14
Location: Catamount Softball Complex - Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball pitchers Courtney Buchanan and Taylor Sigmon combined for 25 strikeouts in the doubleheader sweep, 2-1, 7-3, of Presbyterian Tuesday at the Catamount Softball Complex. The pair of hurlers paired up for 15 strikeouts in game one and 10 in game two.
Western Carolina scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning which proved all the Catamounts needed for the win.
How it Happened
- The Catamounts scored what would turn out to be the game-winning runs in the bottom of the third. With one out, freshman Madison Armstrong hit a one out double to right field and moved to third on a single by Abigail Daniels. Armstrong scored courtesy of an RBI single up the middle by Kara Salvo. Courtney Price scored Daniels thanks to an RBI single to center field.
- Presbyterian avoided the shutout when Kersten Legacki hit a solo homerun to center field in the top of the fourth.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior pitcher Courtney Buchanan got the start and went five innings allowing one run on two hits and struck out a career-high 11.
- Senior Taylor Sigmon came into the game in relief in the sixth inning and tossed two shutout innings. She struck out the side in the top of the seventh earning her fifth save on the year and pushing her career total to 17.
- Buchanan and Sigmon combined for 15 strikeouts in the game tying the school record for team strikeouts in a game.
- Western Carolina had four hits in the game and gave up three.
Tied at three, Western Carolina scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead and eventually earn the win. The scoring rally all began with a lead-off solo homerun by Salvo.
How it Happened
- Presbyterian took the early 1-0 lead off a solo homerun by Kelsie Sanchez in the top of the first. - Western Carolina quickly claimed the lead scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Daniels led off the bottom of the first with a single. Salvo attempted a sacrifice bunt that moved Daniels to second and earned Salvo a spot at first base after a Blue Hose error. Daniels and Salvo both scored on a two RBI double to left field by Price. Crystal Cy's RBI single to left field scored Price.
- Presbyterian tied the game at three in the top of the fifth all with two outs. A single by Katie Brown and a double by Blaire Miller put runners at second and third. Brown and Miller scored off a two RBI single up the middle by Megan Anderson. The pair of runs chased WCU's Buchanan out of the pitching circle who was replaced by Sigmon who struck out Sanchez to end the inning.
- Salvo's lead-off homerun in the top of the fifth quickly gave WCU the lead back, 4-3. Western Carolina scored two more runs in the inning for good measure. The next two runs began when Cyr earned a one out walk. With two outs, Karley Harkey knocked an RBI double through the left side and Harkey scored off an RBI single up the middle by Victoria Mariscal.
- Western Carolina added one more run in the bottom of the sixth. Armstrong led off the inning with a double to left center and scored from an RBI single by Salvo past the Presbyterian short stop.
Inside the Box Score
- Buchanan got the second start of the doubleheader and went 4.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits and struck out five in the no decision.
- Sigmon entered the game in the top of the fifth with the game tied at three and two outs. She tossed 2.1 scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out five to earn the win. She improves to 7-7 on the year.
- Western Carolina had 10 hits in the game and gave up six. - Salvo led WCU going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and a homerun.
- Armstrong went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
News & Notes
- Sigmon was named College Sports Madness Player of the Week for games played March 23-26.
- Western Carolina had its consecutive streak of hitting a homerun halted at nine after failing to hit a homerun in game one against Presbyterian. The Catamounts bounced back with a homerun in game two and now have hit at least one homerun in 10 of the last 11 games.
- Harkey had her hitting streak snapped at 10 when she didn't pick up a hit in game one against the Blue Hose but did get a hit in game two. She has now had at least one hit in 11 of the last 12 games.
- With the doubleheader sweep of Presbyterian, Western Carolina has swept its last three doubleheaders and four of the last five.
- Salvo has reached base safely in the last 10 games.
- Buchanan recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in game one against Presbyterian. - With nine wins, Buchanan is just one win away from hitting double digits joining the company of former WCU pitchers like Jordan Garrett, Mendy McKenzie, Lauren Ross and Jenny Jackson all Catamount pitchers who have recorded double digit wins in a season.
- The 97 strikeouts by Sigmon, this season, is a career high. Should Sigmon hit 100 strikeouts, for the season, she will become the fifth Catamount pitcher to hit 100 strikeouts, in a season, in the program's 10 year history.
Western Carolina hosts UNCG in a three-game Southern Conference series Saturday and Sunday with the doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The 10-year anniversary team will be recognized between games one and two Saturday.
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