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Softball Hosts Appalachian State in Home and SoCon Opener Saturday

March 8, 2013

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (6-11) hosts its home and Southern Conference opener facing rival Appalachian State (3-7) Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and single game on Sunday.

The Catamounts will try and snap a three-game losing streak after going 1-5 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational this weekend. Senior shortstop Shemekia Scotton leads Western Carolina with a .349 batting average and also paces the team with 14 RBI.

Overall, Western Carolina has four players with a .300 batting average or better. Behind Scotton are: Amelia Griffin (.322), Taylor Sigmon (.313) and Amber Steinhardt (.304). Griffin also tops the team with 19 hits tying her for eighth in the SoCon.

The Last Meeting
Western Carolina3
Appalachian State9
April 7, 2012
Boone, N.C.
Softball Swept by Appalachian State, 7-3, 9-3
Western Carolina softball (13-25, 3-9 Southern Conference) was swept by Appalachian State (15-17, 5-7 SoCon) 7-3, 9-3 Saturday at Sywassink/Lloyd Field.

Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett looks to be finding her rhythm on the mound. Her 90 strikeouts, in 13 appearances, not only lead the team but also the Southern Conference. She currently has a 4-6 record and a 2.92 ERA. Appalachian enters its first Southern Conference series with a 3-7 overall record after competing in the Florida State Renegade Classic. The Mountaineers went 2-3 at the Renegade Classic as they added a win over Troy, split with Southern Miss and dropped a pair to No. 25 Florida State.
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Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State
Sat., March 9 - 1/3 p.m. ET
Cullowhee, N.C.
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Lindsay Loudermilk, who boasts a .387 batting average, ranking her fifth in the SoCon, leads the Mountaineers. The junior's .472 on-base percentage ranks her fifth in the conference, while she has also tallied 12 hits and nine RBI for a .484 slugging percentage. Saturday's first game is the 25th meeting between the Mountaineers and the Catamounts, with Appalachian leading the all-time series 19-5 over Western Carolina, including a three-game sweep last season.