By Cameron Wood, Staff Writer —
The Mocs softball team traveled to Cullowhee, North Carolina, for a SoCon series clash with Western Carolina. They emerged from the weekend with a convincing sweep, taking all three games behind all-around performances.
On Saturday, the Mocs opened up with a 5-3 win which was characterized by good pitching, and solid performance at the plate. The Mocs recorded nine hits to WCU’s five.
The Mocs were led offensively by seniors Brook Womack, Chattanooga, Tennessee and Ashley Connor, Dalton, Georgia. The two combined to go 4-6 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
The pitching for UTC was just as good as the batting. Freshman Allison Swinford, Dalton, Georgia, started the game by tossing three scoreless innings. After allowing three runs in the bottom of the fourth, sophomore Celie Hudson, Paris, Tennessee, came in and shut down the Catamounts efforts, throwing the rest of the game without giving up a hit. Her performance earned her the win and moved her to 7-10 on the season.
Although potential inclement weather moved the doubleheader to Sunday, the Mocs didn’t let the wait influence them.
In the first half of the doubleheader, the Mocs won convincingly 10-2, ending the game after five innings. Hudson picked up her second win of the series, pitching a complete game and giving up two earned runs on six hits.
At the plate, the Mocs had their way, picking up 10 runs on 12 hits. The standouts were Womack, who went 2-3 with a home run and four RBIs, and junior Alyssa Coppinger, Whitwell, Tennessee, who went also went 2-3 with a home run, this one a solo shot.
In the final game of the series, the Mocs took care of business 4-2. On the mound, Swinford gave up only two runs on four hits. From the plate, Conner and Coppinger took care of business, going 2-4 and 2-3 respectively. UTC racked up 11 hits on the game, putting their total for the weekend up to 32.
The sweep brings the Mocs record to 19-22 overall, 5-4 in conference. The softball team returns to action Wednesday as they host UAB before a weekend series at home against Furman.