April 9, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (15-26) travels to Athens, Ga. Wednesday to take on Georgia (27-13) in a mid-week doubleheader scheduled for 4 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium.
The match-up with the Bulldogs is Western Carolina's third meeting this season with a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent. Earlier in the season the Catamounts dropped a 5-0 decision at Florida and lost to Tennessee, on April 1, 11-2 in five innings.
Western Carolina is on a bit of a hot streak having won four of its last five games including taking the series at Furman, winning two of three games, on April 6-7. The Catamounts picked up its first Southern Conference doubleheader sweep taking both games against the Paladins on Saturday. Western Carolina also notched its first non-conference doubleheader victory taking both games against Gardner-Webb, on April 3, winning 8-7, 8-1.
Catamount freshman hurler Mallory Broome was awarded for her stellar performance last week by being named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week. In two complete games, including her first career shutout 1-0 win at Furman, Broome had a 0.00 ERA not allowing an earned run and only run scoring in the 14 innings. She also had nine strikeouts and only had four walks. Senior Jordan Fulton has sparked back to life at the plate riding a seven-game hitting streak. In the seven games, she is hitting .333 with seven hits, three runs scored and two RBI.
|Western Carolina at Georgia
Wed., April 10 - 4/6 p.m. ET
Overall, Western Carolina is paced by senior Shemekia Scotton, who has mostly been at the DP spot, hitting .289 with 28 hits, 18 runs, seven doubles, four homeruns and 21 RBI. Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett continues to lead Western Carolina in the pitching circle with a 10-9 record, just two wins shy of her season high of 12 as a freshman. Garrett also tops the team and the Southern Conference with 173 strikeouts.
Georgia, who is receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Poll, is currently on a three-game losing streak after being swept by No. 5 Tennessee in an SEC series last weekend. The Bulldogs are 17-6 at home.
Paige Wilson leads Georgia with a .417 batting average with 55 hits, 41 runs, seven doubles, 11 homeruns and 47 RBI. Pitcher Geri Ann Glasco anchors the Bulldog pitching staff with a 2.74 ERA and a 16-4 record in 23 appearances. Glasco also has 109 strikeouts.