March 12, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (7-13, 1-2 Southern Conference) hosts its first mid-week non-conference doubleheader of the season when it welcomes Winthrop for a 2 and 4 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
The Catamounts are coming off a 13-4 victory over Southern Conference rival Appalachian State Sunday. Western Carolina hit four homeruns in the win including a grand-slam by sophomore catcher Heather Chastain. After going the first 12 games of the season without a homerun, Western Carolina has hit one or more homeruns in five of the last eight games. The 13 runs, against the Mountaineers, was the most runs scored in a Southern Conference game, by the Catamounts, since scoring 15 in the 15-14 win over College of Charleston on March 29, 2009.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett leads the Catamounts on the mound with 107 strikeouts, a 3.19 ERA and a 5-7 records. Garrett ranks 22nd in the nation for average strikeouts for seven innings with 9.5; her 107 total strikeouts leads the Southern Conference.
|Western Carolina vs. Winthrop
Wed., March 13 - 2/4 p.m. ET
On the offensive side, junior left fielder Amelia Griffin paces Western Carolina with a .333 batting average. She also tops the Catamounts with 23 hits which ties her for seventh in the Southern Conference.
Winthrop senior Chelsey Schoenfeldt is leading the Eagles with three doubles, a triple and six home runs and has a team-high .694 slugging percentage. She has reached base the last 10 games and has two or more RBI in five of the last seven games.
Western Carolina is 1-5 all-time against Winthrop. The Catamounts split with the Eagles last season winning the first game 4-3 and dropping the second game of the doubleheader 6-5.