Jan. 28, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina Catamount softball sophomore Taylor Sigmon has been named to the Southern Conference Preseason Second Team, at first base, as voted on by the league coaches the conference office announced today.
Sigmon, from Catawba, N.C., was the only Catamount freshman from the 2013 season to play in all 56 games. She led the team in homeruns (7), RBI (28) and doubles (9) and was second on the team in batting average at .273. She also ranked second on the team in hits with 44 and topped the team in multiple hit games with 13. She had just six errors at first base.
A versatile player, Sigmon also saw action on the mound as a pitcher. Sigmon made her pitching debut at Top-25 Florida on February 16, 2013, holding the high-octane Gators to just five runs on six hits and fanned nine batters. She set her season-high for strikeouts, on the mound, when she recorded 10 against ETSU (03/20/13) ending the year with 55 strikeouts on the mound.
As a team, Western Carolina was tabbed eight by the league coaches with Georgia Southern picked first. In descending order the following were picked second through seventh: UNCG (2nd), Appalachian State (3rd), Chattanooga (4th), Furman (5th), Samford (6th) and Elon (7th).
Western Carolina opens the season February 14-16 at a tournament hosted by former Southern Conference member College of Charleston. The Catamounts will play the first month of the season on the road before returning home March 15 to host Elon in its Southern Conference opener.