April 13, 2009
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball returns to action Tuesday, after an eight-day break, to host Appalachian State in the Catamounts final Southern Conference home series of the season. The Catamounts host a single game at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the doubleheader begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
In between the first and second game, Wednesday, the Western Carolina Athletic Department will recognize the four Catamount softball seniors. Stephanie Beatty, Mollie Fowler, Beth Hauser and Lauren Ross are the program's first four-year players, as softball began in 2006.
The Catamounts are 9-23 and 5-7 in the Southern Conference, after suffering their first conference sweep at the hands of Chattanooga two weeks ago. Western Carolina did take the Mocs to two extra inning games, in the three-game series, in the losses. WCU is currently on a five-game losing streak.
Appalachian State is coming off a pair of losses to Chattanooga as well, falling 3-2 and 4-0, to the Mocs on April 11. The two team's first game was cancelled due to inclement weather. ASU is 17-22 and 9-8 in the SoCon.
Western Carolina has four players hitting above .300. Senior Mollie Fowler leads the club with a .384 batting average. She also paces the club in RBI with 23.
Sophomore Amber Hawkins is second with a .370 and leads the team in hits (37) and runs scored (22), while senior Stephanie Beatty (.316) and freshman Chelsea Scahffer (.311) round out the .300 club for Western Carolina, with Scahffer also riding a nine-game hitting streak.
Western Carolina has produced offensively in Southern Conference only contests, as the club currently leads the conference with a team batting average of .327. The Catamounts also hold the top four spots individually in conference only games with Fowler hitting .514, Hawkins .439, Danielle Reese .421 and Schaffer .413.