CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Western Carolina softball junior second baseman Erica Hayes has been named to the 2019 Southern Conference Championships All-Tournament Team as announced by the conference office late Saturday evening.

Hayes, from Cary, N.C., is the fifth Catamount in the program’s history to be named to the SoCon All-Tournament team. She joins Mendy McKenzie (2007), Jordan Garrett (2015), Courtney Price (2015) and Madison Armstrong (2017).

In the three games Western Carolina competed in the SoCon Championships, Hayes had a .545 batting average with six hits, two triples, and three RBI. She was the catalyst in the No. 7 seed Catamounts’ shocking 6-4 win over No. 2 Samford to open the tournament going 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. It was Hayes’ two-RBI triple that gave the Catamounts the 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning against the Bulldogs and led to the victory. 

In the battle with Mercer, in which WCU dropped a heartbreaker 7-4, Hayes went 3-for-4.

With her pair of triples in the tournament, Hayes now has six triples in her career and moves into a tie for second place in the Western Carolina record books for triples.

Hayes ended the 2019 season with a season-best 34 RBI ranking tied for 12th in the WCU record books for RBI in a season. Overall, she ends the year with a .238 batting average with 36 hits, 17 runs scored, six doubles, three triples, and seven home runs.

Western Carolina closes out the season with a record of 21-32.

All-Tournament Team

Taylor Wright, ETSU, Sr., INF

Danielle Castleberry, Mercer, R-So., 2B

Micayla Rood, Mercer, So., OF

Stephanie Bryden, UNCG, Sr., P

Delaney Cumbie, UNCG, Fr., C

Melanie Darges, UNCG, So., 2B

Marisa Sholtes, UNCG, R-Sr.,1B

Celie Hudson, Chattanooga, Jr., P

Aly Walker, Chattanooga, Jr., DP

Erica Hayes, Western Carolina, Jr, 2B

Most Outstanding Player

Stephanie Bryden, UNCG, Sr., P

Pinnacle Award Recipient

Morgan Kazerooni, Chattanooga, Accounting, 3.91 GPA