Western Carolina Eliminates Furman At SoCon Softball Championship, 4-1

Lauren Duggar
Lauren Duggar

Chattanooga, Tenn. -- Western Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three unearned runs and held on to down Furman, 4-1, in an elimination game on Thursday morning at the Southern Conference Softball Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Senior Courtney Buchanan (7-8) limited Furman to just one run on two hits over five innings of work before freshman Kinsey Liscio worked two scoreless innings to earn her first save of the season. Buchanan walked six and fanned four batters, while Liscio recorded a pair of walks and two strikeouts.

The Catamounts took the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Kara Salvo reached base on a leadoff single and scored on a passed ball. Courtney Price reached on a fielding error to open the fourth for Western Carolina and Hunter Gibbons delivered a ground-rule double to set the table. Erica Hayes drove in a run with a grounder to second base and Salvo singled to left with two outs to drive in the third Catamount run.

Furman answered in the top of the fifth as Lauren Duggar broke up Buchanan's no-hit bid with a two-out, infield single. Lindsey Bert walked to move Duggar into scoring position and AnnaRose  Borrelli singled to right-center to put the Paladins on the board and register her team-best 32 RBI of the season.

Taylor Vahle drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, but Liscio came on to strand two Paladin runners. Hayes' RBI triple in the bottom of the frame extended the Western Carolina lead and Liscio shut the door in the seventh after allowing a leadoff walk.

Sophomore Emily Demonte (10-11) suffered the loss for Furman after allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits in 5.2 innings. She walked one batter and did not record a strikeout. Bert notched a strikeout in relief to end the sixth inning. The strikeout marked her 562nd and tied her with Rachel Henley for third place on Furman's career list.

Duggar went 1-for-1 with a single and two walks for the Paladins. Borrelli delivered an RBI single and a base on balls.

Furman finished its season at 31-23, while Western Carolina advanced to play in a 5:30 p.m. elimination game against either UNCG or Mercer.


Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information