March 25, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The awards keep coming for Western Carolina softball freshman Kara Salvo, who is making a solid statement for Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, as she follows up her Southern Conference Player of the Week honor by being named College Sports Madness SoCon Player of the Week.
Salvo, from Waxhaw, N.C., had a .632 batting average in five games last week for the Catamounts. She split time behind the plate, at the catcher position, and also played third base. She was flawless at the hot corner not committing an error.
At the plate, Salvo had multiple hit games in four of the five games she played and was 3-for-4 in three of the five games. She had a total of 12 hits in 19 at bats, six RBI, five runs scored, a double and a homerun. She hit her fourth homerun of the season in the first inning of the second game against Appalachian State - a game the Catamounts went on to win 5-0.
Salvo showed her versatility as she moved from third base to catcher in the seventh game of the season when junior starting catcher Heather Chastain was injured. Salvo was the starting catcher for the Catamounts in the ensuing 20 games while Chastain was on the mend. WCU was 11-9 with Salvo as the starting catcher.
For the season, Salvo leads the team with a .355 batting average and also tops the team in hits (33), homeruns (4) and RBI (19). She has had 10 multiple hit games this season and is currently on a five-game hitting streak.
Western Carolina will play its second straight SoCon road series this weekend traveling to Statesboro, Ga. taking on Georgia Southern. First pitch of the Saturday double header is slated for 1 p.m. with the game being broadcast live on catamountsports.com.