Score: UNCG 5, Western Carolina 1
Records: Western Carolina 25-12, 4-2 SoCon, UNCG 23-14, 1-2 SoCon
Location: Catamount Softball Complex -- Cullowhee, N.C.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Senior Taylor Sigmon tied the school record for RBI in a career with her 99th in Western Carolina softball's 5-1 loss Sunday to UNCG at the Catamount Softball Complex. The Catamounts did take the overall Southern Conference series after sweeping the doubleheader with the Spartans on Saturday.
UNCG scored three runs in the bottom of the second aided by a bases loaded walk to score a run by Western Carolina, an RBI single and WCU error. The Spartans scored two more unanswered runs to keep the Catamounts at bay.
How it Happened
- UNCG scored three runs in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded, and one out, a walk sent in the first run and then an RBI single and a WCU error plated two more.
- The Spartans tacked on a fourth run in the top of the fourth off a solo homerun by Kendall McKinney.
- UNCG added its fifth run in the top of the fifth.
- Western Carolina broke up UNCG's shutout attempt scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded a patient Sigmon drew a walk to score Kara Salvo from third.
Inside the Box Score
- Western Carolina and UNCG each turned two double plays in the game.
- Crystal Cyr broke up UNCG pitcher Alicia Bazonski's no-hitter in the bottom of the fifth with a single. - Western Carolina had three hits and UNCG had 10.
- Courtney Buchanan got the start and suffered just her second loss of the season falling to 10-2. She went four innings allowing five runs on eight hits and walking three.
- Sigmon replaced Buchanan in the fifth inning tossing three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and struck out two.
News & Notes
- Sigmon's RBI walk in the game tied the Western Carolina school record for RBI in a career with 99 knotting her with former Catamount standout Lauren Ross.
- For the second straight Southern Conference weekend, Western Carolina won the conference doubleheader and dropped the single game the next day.
- The loss to UNCG on Sunday halted the Catamounts four-game winning streak -- the second longest winning streak of the season.
- It was just the second home loss for the Catamounts this season with a 7-2 home record.
- Salvo extended her consecutive on base streak to 13.
- Even with the loss, Western Carolina maintains its lone second place spot in the Southern Conference race with a 4-2 record. With ETSU's loss to Furman on Sunday the Buccaneers fall to 3-3 in conference play.
- Cyr picked up her 40th hit of the season which ties her career high.
- Sigmon pushed her seasonal strikeout total to 104 which is a career-high and ranks her eighth in the WCU record books for strikeouts in a season.
Western Carolina hosts USC Upstate Wednesday in a doubleheader set to begins at 4 p.m. at the Catamount Softball Complex. The game will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network.
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