March 13, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball moved up its Southern Conference home opener against Elon to 5:30 p.m. Friday, with the threat of inclement weather looming Sunday. The Catamounts will still host its doubleheader with the Phoenix on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
The Catamounts (9-16) are coming off a successful tournament hosted by the University of Central Florida, going 3-2, including getting a 1-0 lead over Bowling Green. During that game, junior pitcher Jordan Garrett tossed a two-hit shutout. Garrett currently ranks fourth in the SoCon for strikeouts with 70.
Sophomore shortstop Karley Harkey paces the Catamounts with a .314 batting average. She is tied for the Catamount school record for triples in a season, with four, which also ranks first in the Southern Conference. Harkey is also riding an eight-game hitting streak.
Elon (15-6-1) had its seven-game winning streak snapped March 11 when it was blanked by Syracuse 5-0. The Phoenix is 0-2-1 in away games. Emily Cameron leads the Phoenix with a .419 batting average and is tied for the team lead with six homeruns.
The Phoenix lead the overall series with the Catamounts 12-8 and took two of three games from WCU at Elon in 2013. In Cullowhee, the Catamounts are 5-6 overall against Elon.