Western Carolina splits Tuesday doubleheader
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Release: 03/13/2019
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Western Carolina softball won a slugfest with UC Santa Barbara 10-7 taking game two of the doubleheader Tuesday at Campus Diamond Field. The Catamounts dropped game one of the twin bill 7-0 earlier in the day.

The Basics

Score: UC Santa Barbara 7, Western Carolina 0, Western Carolina 10, UC Santa Barbara 7

Records: Western Carolina 9-11, UC Santa Barbara 6-17

Location: Campus Diamond, Santa Barbara, Calif.  

UC Santa Barbara 7, Western Carolina 0

Turning Point

UC Santa Barbara scored three quick runs in the bottom of the first and held the Catamounts to two hits.

How it Happened

  • The Catamounts looked like they had a great chance to score in the top of the first with runners at second and third but couldn’t get a run across.
  • UC Santa Barbara scored three runs to open the game in the bottom of the first.
  • The Gauchos would go on to score two runs in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.
  • Western Carolina got a runner on third one more time when Madison Armstrong was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and was stranded at third.

Inside the Box Score

  • Senior Shaina Reed got the start and went 2.1 innings giving up five runs on eight hits. She takes the loss. 
  • Junior Kylie Shay replaced Reed in the third inning and closed out the game tossing 3.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits.
  • Freshman Lindsay Perillo and junior Erica Hayes were the only Catamounts pick up hits in the game.

Western Carolina 10, UC Santa Barbara 7

Turning Point

Tied 3-3 after three innings, Western Carolina outscored UC Santa Barbara 7-4 in the final four innings to hold on and capture the victory.

How it Happened

  • Just like in game one, UC Santa Barbara took the early lead scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first.
  • Western Carolina rumbled back plating three runs in the top of the third. Kailey McNeil got it started with a lead-off single and the Catamounts got a second run when Myra Twitty attempted a sacrifice bunt and reached on an error.Addie Pate scored McNeil on an RBI groundout moving Twitty to third. Ashlyn Long singled to put runners at the corners and Long stole second to put runners on second and third. Twitty scored thanks to a Perillo RBI single and Long scored courtesy of a sacrifice fly RBI by Hunter Gibbons.
  • UC Santa Barbara tied the game scoring a run in the bottom of the third.
  • The Catamounts recaptured the lead in the top of the fifth scoring three runs. Pate led off with a single to centerfield and Long reached first on an error from an attempted sacrifice bunt. Perillo singled pushing the runners over and Gibbons hit her second sacrifice fly RBI of the game to score Pate. Armstrong followed with a sacrifice fly RBI scoring Long. Shaina Reed’s single down the right-field line earned her an RBI when she scored Perillo.
  • The Gauchos got one run back scoring a single run in the bottom of the fifth.
  • Western Carolina plated four more runs in the top of the sixth. It all started when McNeil drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Twitty walked she and McNeil moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Pate. Long tripled earning to RBI scoring McNeil and pinch runner Chapman. Perillo reached on a fielder’s choice sacrifice RBI scoring Long and Perillo scored when Gibbons hit the second RBI triple of the game.
  • The Gauchos attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. It all began with a UCSB drawing a walk to lead off the inning and then back-to-back singles loaded the bases. UC Santa Barbara went on to score three runs and had the tying run at the plate with two outs. Catamount hurler Kinsey Liscio struck out the Gauchos lead-off batter in the lineup to end the game.

Inside the Box Score

  • Liscio tossed a complete game to earn the win improving to 5-3 on the season. She gave up 11 hits, seven runs, four earned, and struck out one.
  • Western Carolina had 10 hits in the game while UC Santa Barbara had 11.
  • McNeil went 3-for-3 in the game with two runs scored.
  • Long and Gibbons each had a triple in the game.
  • Long and Perillo each had two hits in the contest.
  • Gibbons hit two sacrifice fly RBI and had three RBI in the game.  

News & Notes

  • Liscio tossed her fifth complete game of the season. Her five wins on the year lead the team. She also paces the team with 31 strikeouts.
  • Prior to scoring in the third inning of game two, against UC Santa Barbara, Western Carolina had gone 31 innings without scoring.
  • The Catamounts tied the school record for most triples in a game with their pair in game two against UC Santa Barbara. It was the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2012.
  • Perillo is on a three-game hitting streak while Gibbons has reached base safely in the last three games.

Up Next

Western Carolina travels to Presbyterian Wednesday, March 20 for a doubleheader set to begin at 2:00 p.m.

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