Score: No. 6 seed Western Carolina 4, No. 2 seed Furman 1
Records: Western Carolina 18-29, Furman 31-23
Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - No. 6 seed Western Carolina softball upended No. 2 seed Furman 4-1 Thursday in the first Southern Conference Championship elimination game of the day. The Catamounts will face No. 1 seed UNCG at 5:30 p.m. today.
Western Carolina scored a run in the third and tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth, weathered a run by Furman in the fifth, and scored a run in the sixth to hold on and defeat the Paladins 4-1.
How it Happened:
After two scoreless innings, Western Carolina senior got things started when she led off the third with a single up the middle. A sacrifice bunt by Shaina Reed moved Salvo to second. Ashlyn Long hit into a fielder's choice, after Courtney Buchanan drew a walk, allowing Salvo to move to third. Salvo scored the first run of the game on a Furman passed
Inside the Box Score:
- Buchanan got the starting nod in the circle and took the win improving to 7-8 on the year. She went five innings, worked around six walks and struck out four.
- Freshman hurler Kinsey Liscio came in and tossed the final two innings earning the first save of her Catamount career. She threw two shutout innings not allowing a hit and struck out two.
- Hayes hit the first triple of her career. With that triple, as a team, the Catamounts have eight this season ranking tied for third in the WCU record books.
- Western Carolina scored its four runs on only five hits. The Catamounts held Furman to two. - Armstrong and Salvo each had a pair of hits in the game.
- The Catamounts had two extra-base hits, with a double and a triple.
- Furman committed one error.
News & Notes:
- Buchanan's start against Furman, in the SoCon Championships, was the first of her four-year Catamount career and just her fifth appearance in a tournament game. It was also her first tournament win, as a pitcher, in her career.
- Western Carolina's 2017 club broke the program record for double plays turned in a season with the Catamounts' 24th of the season, against Furman, besting the 2016's season mark.
- Furman, which garnered co-regular-season champion status alongside UNCG, finishes its season at 31-23 overall.
- The victory over Furman halts the Catamounts' five-game losing streak to the Paladins.
- The Catamounts are 3-6 in elimination games.
- Western Carolina is 5-5 over the last 10 games. Salvo is hitting over 100 points better than her seasonal average with a .343 batting average in the last 10 games. Hurler Liscio is 2-2 in the seven appearances she has moved in the last 10 games and has 22 strikeouts.
Western Carolina will face No. 1 seed UNCG at 5:30 p.m. later today.
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