Western Carolina Drops Pair of Games at Bethune-Cookman
Score: Bethune-Cookman 7, Western Carolina 5; Bethune-Cookman 6, Western Carolina 5 (8)
Records: Western Carolina 5-7, Bethune-Cookman 4-18
Location: Sunnyland Park, Daytona Beach, Fla.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Western Carolina softball dropped a doubleheader with Bethune-Cookman 7-5 and 6-5, in extra innings, at Sunnyland Park Tuesday.
Bethune Cookman 7, Western Carolina 5
Bethune-Cookman scored in four of six innings, including a big three-run inning in the third to hold on for the win.
How it Happened:
Bethune-Cookman scored five runs in the first three innings, two in the first and three in third, to jump out to a 5-0 lead against the Catamounts. Western Carolina cut into the lead scoring a run in the fourth and fifth innings. The Catamounts trimmed the Bethune-Cookman lead to 6-4 plating two runs in the sixth inning but Bethune-Cookman pushed the lead back to three with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Western Carolina attempted a seventh-inning rally when Courtney Price was hit by a pitch and Madison Armstrong reached on first on a fielder’s choice erasing Price at second with two outs. Hunter Gibbons singled to keep the inning alive and Erica Hayes singled to centerfield to score Armstrong and cut the Bethune-Cookman lead to 7-5. Salvo popped up to end the inning and the rally.
Inside the Box Score:
- Western Carolina outhit Bethune-Cookman 10 to nine.
- Bethune-Cookman had two errors in the game.
- Sophomore pitcher Lily Hayes got the start for Western Carolina and took the loss falling to 3-4 on the season. She went three innings allowing six runs on eight hits and struck out one.
- Sophomore hurler Shaina Reed replaced Hayes in the fourth inning. She went three innings allowing one run on one hit, walked four and struck out two.
- Freshman Ashlyn Long went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a RBI.
- Abigail Daniels hit her first triple of the season and second of her career.
- Gibbons went 3-for4 with a double and a run scored.
Bethune-Cookman 6, Western Carolina 5 (8)
Tied 5-5, in the bottom of the eighth inning, as WCU forced extra innings scoring a run in the top of the seventh, Bethune-Cookman scored on an RBI single after a runner was placed on second per the international tie-breaker rule to take the win.
How it Happened:
Bethune-Cookman scored four unanswered runs, two in the first and two in the second, to lead Western Carolina 4-0 to start the game. The Catamounts tied the game for the first time scoring four runs in the top of the third. Kassandra Flores got it started with a one-out double and scored courtesy of a RBI single by Emily Weatherman after Daniels singled. Price hit a three-run homerun to knot the game at four. The Wildcats solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth allowed Bethune-Cookman to regain the lead 5-4. In the top of the seventh, Western Carolina tied the game for a second time when, with bases loaded, Flores scored on a wild pitch. With the game tied 5-5, Bethune-Cookman took the win off a RBI single in the bottom of the eighth for the walk-off win.
Inside the Box Score:
- Armstrong was 2-for-4 with a double.
- Flores also had a pair of hits, a double and scored two runs.
- Price hit a three-run homerun with a run scored, three RBI and drew two walks.
- Freshman pitcher Kinsey Liscio got the start but was pulled in the first inning after walking two batters and giving up two runs.
- Senior Courtney Buchanan replaced Liscio in the first inning and ended up pitching 7.1 innings. She gave up nine hits, four runs, three earned, walked five and struck out one. She takes the loss and falls to 1-2 on the season.
News & Notes:
- Freshman Weatherman was named the College Sports Madness SoCon Player of the Week on Tuesday.
- Price’s homerun was her fourth of the season pushing her career total to 19 tying her for eighth in the WCU record books.
- Daniels has now reached base safely in the last 12 games and is also on an eight-game hitting streak.
- With three RBI in game two against Bethune-Cookman, Price now has 77 RBI in her career moving her into a tie for ninth place in the WCU record books.
- Price now also has 94 career runs and remains in fourth place in the WCU record books. She needs seven more runs to move into third place. The record is 108 held, in a two-way tie, between former Catamounts Amelia Griffin and Stephanie Beatty.
- Price ranks fifth in the WCU record books for hits in a career with 163. She needs eight hits to move into fourth place.
- The career-record watch continues for Price in the category of doubles, along with teammate Kara Salvo, as each have 29 career doubles. The duo is chasing the school record of 32 set by former Catamount Beatty who ended her storied career with 32.
- Western Carolina’s extra-inning loss, in game two against Bethune-Cookman, is the Catamounts’ second extra-inning game of the season. WCU is 0-2 in extra-inning games.
Western Carolina will take seven days off before hosting Virginia Tech in the Catamounts’ home opener on March 15. The doubleheader with the Hokies is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the Catamount Softball Complex. The games will be broadcast on the SoCon Digital Network.