Western Carolina’s softball team ended its season by going 1-2 in the Southern Conference Tournament at UT-Chattanooga.

The seventh-seeded Lady Cats (21-32) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to upset second-seeded Samford 6-4 in the opening round May 8. Erica Hayes’ two-run triple capped the rally, which included Hunter Gibbons’ RBI double and Bailey Huneycutt’s run-scoring single.

Hayes, Huneycutt and Lindsay Perillo all had two hits for WCU.

Shaina Reed was the winning pitcher. In five and two-thirds innings of relief, she allowed one run.

Eventual tournament champion UT-C, the third seed, was a 2-1 winner last Thursday. Emily Coltharp, who was two of two, had a two-run single in the first for her team’s only runs.

Celie Hudson was the winning pitcher. She went the distance and allowed six hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts.

Armstrong homered in the third for Western’s lone run.

Reed was the losing pitcher.

Fourth-seeded Mercer eliminated the Lady Cats 7-4 Friday.

The Lady Bears scored five runs in the fourth to overcome a 4-2 deficit. Key hits were Danielle Castleberry’s two-run single and Kenlie Harvey’s two-run double. The other run scored on a wild pitch.

Micayla Rood went three of four for Mercer. Castleberry, Harvey and Allie Jones all had two hits.

Lynn Gardner pitched four and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief for the win.

Hayes went three of four for WCU, and Addie Pate was two of three with a solo homer in the second.

Reed took the loss in relief.


Gibbons was named first team all-conference, and teammate Ashlyn Long was picked for the second team. Huneycutt was selected for the all-freshman team.

Hayes, who batted .545 in the three games, was chosen all-tournament.

Armstrong was named to the College Sports Information of America’s Academic All-District III first team.