March 18, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (11-15, 2-1 Southern Conference) heads out on the road Wednesday in a doubleheader, set to begin at 5 p.m., at future Southern Conference foe ETSU (10-11) in Johnson City, Tenn. Both games will be broadcast via live audio on catamountsports.com with Kyle Rush on the play-by-play.
The Catamounts are coming off a SoCon series win against Elon taking two of three games over the weekend. Overall, the Catamounts have won six of their last 10 games with sophomore Karley Harkey and senior Amelia Griffin leading the way, in those 10 games, with a .355 batting average.
Overall, sophomore Taylor Sigmon paces the team with a .309 batting average and 25 hits. Junior hurler Jordan Garrett tops the pitching staff with a 2.76 ERA and 85 strikeouts, ranking her fourth in the SoCon. Garrett was the winning pitcher in both of the Catamount victories over Elon, including tossing a career-high 10 innings in the 4-3, extra inning, victory over the Phoenix on March 14.
ETSU is suffering through a six-game losing streak. The Buccaneers are 7-3 at home. Jackie Barid leads the team with a .368 batting average and 11 homeruns and Taylor Carter tops ETSU in pitching with a 2.73 ERA and 31 strikeouts.
ETSU and Western Carolina will meet for the 21st and 22nd times in the two school's history. The Buccaneers lead the overall series 12-8 and the Catamounts are 0-8 in Johnson City.