April 26, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina softball (18-32, 8-13 Southern Conference) travels to College of Charleston (30-16, 11-6 SoCon) this weekend for the Catamounts' final Southern Conference series of the season.
The Catamounts will face the Cougars for a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., and a single game on Sunday set for 1 p.m. All games will be played at Patriots Point.
College of Charleston leads the overall series 12-10. Western Carolina is 3-7 at Charleston.
Sophomore Catamount pitcher Jordan Garrett is chasing the Western Carolina single-season strikeout record this weekend. She has 202 strikeouts in 2013, which continues to lead the Southern Conference, needing nine to snap the record of 210 set by Mendy McKenziein Western Carolina's inaugural season in 2006. Here 202 strikeouts also makes her just the second Catamount pitcher in the school's eight-year history to have 200 or more strikeouts in a season.
Garrett is 11-11 on the season and needs just one win to equal her win total from her freshman campaign. She is also just the second Catamount pitcher in the program's history to have back-to-back double digit wins.
Western Carolina has the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Week in freshman first baseman Taylor Sigmon. She hit her seventh homerun of the season in the Catamount's Sunday 5-2 win over Georgia Southern. Sigmon has a .289 batting average, has 41 hits, leads the team in RBI with 26 and is tied for the lead in homeruns with seven.
College of Charleston is riding an 11-game winning streak and has won 15 of its last 16 games. The Cougars are also 17-7 at home.
Kelly Hodgson paces the Cougars with a .345 batting average, ranking her eighth in the Southern Conference in batting average. College of Charleston pitcher Hope Klicker ranks sixth in the SoCon with a 2.62 ERA and is 15-8 on the season.
Western Carolina has a bye next weekend and will not be back in action, after this weekend, until the start of the Southern Conference Championships on May 8.