SOFTBALL CENTRAL: Opens Play at SoCon Championships
May 9, 2017
|No. 6 seed Catamount Softball vs. No. 3 seed ETSU|
|Game 1 of SoCon Tournament||vs. ETSU | Wed., May 10 | 3:00 p.m. | Live Stats|Watch LiveListen Live||
|Location||Frost Stadium (Chattanooga, Tenn.)|
|Social Media||@Catamounts | Facebook |@wcu_catamounts (Instagram)|
Western Carolina softball opens Southern Conference Championship play as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed ETSU at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Western Carolina Notes
- The youth led the day for Western Carolina softball as two sophomores and two freshmen were recognized by the Southern Conference with post-season honors. Sophomores Madison Armstrong and Hunter Gibbons were tabbed Second Team All-Southern Conference while youngsters Ashlyn Long and Erica Hayes were placed on the SoCon All-Freshman team.
- Western Carolina is the sixth seed entering the SoCon Championships for the third time in the 12 trips the Catamounts have made to the post-season conference tournament since the inception of the program in 2006. The last time WCU was the No. 6 seed was in the 2014 season when the Catamounts faced No. 3 seed Furman. WCU lost to the Paladins 4-3 and won an elimination game knocking out former SoCon member Appalachian State 3-2. The last time the SoCon Championships were held in Chattanooga, in 2015, the Catamounts, as the No. 5 seed, had a strong run in the tourney making it to the semi-finals before falling to Furman 6-2.
- Western Carolina and ETSU face each other for the third time this season as the single game of the two team’s SoCon series was rained out on April 23. The Catamounts and the Bucs split the doubleheader on April 22 as WCU won the opening game 8-3 and dropped the nightcap 3-1. This will be the first time WCU and ETSU will have met in the Southern Conference Championships as the Catamounts began their softball program in 2006 just a year after ETSU departed the Southern Conference prior to returning in 2015. Overall, ETSU holds a slight 16-10 advantage over Western Carolina however the Catamounts are 5-3 against ETSU since the Bucs re-entered the Southern Conference. In the last two seasons Western Carolina is 3-2 against the Bucs. It has been a slug-fest as well between the two teams. In the last eight meetings the two teams have combined for 124 runs with two shutouts by WCU mixed in.
- Western Carolina has won four out of the last seven games splitting the team’s last three doubleheaders. Western Carolina has hit at least one double in 23 of the last 27 games and has hit at least one homerun in the last three games. Kara Salvo has reached base safely in the last six games while Ashlyn Long has been on base in the last five games. Long and teammate Abigail Daniels are each on three-game hitting streaks. Senior Courtney Buchanan got her first hit and RBI, in the 8-6 win against Samford on Sunday, since her freshman campaign. Madison Armstrong and Hunter Gibbons have each has had 10 multiple hit games. Gibbons has also had 11 multiple RBI games. Gibbons nine homeruns this season bests her freshman mark by one, as she had eight in her first year as a Catamount. In SoCon play, freshman Erica Hayes is hitting .326 and is one of six players who is hitting .300 or above in conference: Armstrong (.319), Daniels (.314), Long (.309), Gibbons (.308), Cheyenne Mathews (,300).