The Basics

Score: Mercer 7, Western Carolina 4

Records: Western Carolina 21-32, Mercer 26-28

Location: Frost Stadium, Chattanooga, Tenn.   

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – No. 7 seed Western Carolina softball dropped a hard-fought battle with No. 4 seed Mercer 7-4 Friday at the 2019 Southern Conference Championships to close out the season.


Turning Point

Mercer scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to overcome a 4-2 deficit, take the lead and never relinquish it.


How it Happened

  • Western Carolina jumped out early scoring a run in the top of the first courtesy of an RBI single by Erica Hayes scoring Hunter Gibbons.
  • Mercer answered with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game 1-1.
  • Sophomore Addie Pate’s solo home run gave the lead back to Western Carolina in the top of the second 2-1.
  • The Bottom of the second saw the Bears tie the game again with a run 2-2.
  • Western Carolina scored a pair of runs in the top of the third. Madison Armstrong and Shaina Reed led off the inning with back-to-back singles and after Gibbons reached on a fielder’s choice erasing Armstrong, Hayes singles to load the bases. Bailey Huneycutt drew a walk to score Reed. Gibbons scored on a fielder’s choice RBI by Ashlyn Long.
  • Mercer broke open the game scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth.


Inside the Box Score

  • Senior hurler Reed got the start and went three innings before being lifted for reliever Kinsey Liscio. She allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out two. She ends the season with a record of 9-17.
  • Liscio closed out the game throwing three innings giving up two runs on three hits.
  • Hayes went 3-for-4 while Pate was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a home run.
  • Mercer had 10 hits while Western Carolina had eight.


News & Notes

  • Armstrong closes out the season having reached base safely in the last eight games.
  • Gibbons’ pair of runs in the game pushes her career total to 109 ending her career ranked second in the WCU record books.
  • Armstrong and Gibbons ended their storied four-year careers tied for second place in the WCU record books for doubles with 35.
  • Western Carolina is now 0-2 against Mercer in SoCon Championship games.
  • Hayes ends the tournament with a .545 batting average with six hits, two triples, three RBI and a .909 slugging percentage.


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