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WCU Softball Drops Doubleheader at Georgia State

Western Carolina softball dropped a midweek nonconference doubleheader at Georgia State on Wednesday, falling 6-3 in the first game before a 1-0 setback in the second. Both of Georgia State’s victories came on walk-off home runs with two outs.

WCU drops to 7-12 on the season.

Game 1: Georgia State 6, Western Carolina 3

Myra Twitty finished 2-for-2 with a double, home run, and two RBI to lead the Catamount offense, but Georgia State used a walk-off, three-run homer in the home half of the seventh to take the opener of the twin bill.

The Panthers plated a run in the first inning on a Chloe Nadler single and added a run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly.

Reigning Southern Conference Player of the Week Brooklynn Brewington reached on a one-out walk in the third inning and advanced to second on a Bailey Huneycutt base hit. Twitty brought Brewington home with her second double of the season to make it a 2-1 game. Georgia State answered in the bottom half of the frame with a Nadler RBI single to reclaim the two-run edge.

The Catamounts used the long ball in the sixth inning to even the game at 3-3. Twitty belted her team-best third home run of the season to open the inning. Following a flyout, Bailey Treadway homered down the left field line to tie the game.

GSU’s Abby Brown drove in the game-winning runs on a 2-1 pitch she belted down the left field line in the seventh.

In addition to Twitty’s two-hit performance, Treadway finished 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI. Brewington, Huneycutt, and Jeralynn Wells each finished 1-for-3 with a single. With her single, Huneycutt moved into sole possession of sixth place on WCU’s all-time career hits list. Tessa Juett pitched the entire game, striking out seven batters in 6.2 innings.

Nadler and Emily Brown both tallied three hits to lead the Panthers.

Game 2: Georgia State 1, Western Carolina 0

Jayme Eilers allowed just one hit through six scoreless innings, but Georgia State won the game on a walk-off solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

After the teams combined for three hits through the first three innings, the Catamounts threatened in the fourth before a pair of strikeouts allowed the Panthers to escape. In the seventh, Riley Lambert hit her first career triple with one out but was stranded at third base. Georgia State’s Carolyn Deady provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the inning.

Lambert led the Catamounts offensively, going 2-for-3 with a single and triple. Brooklynn Brewington, Bailey Huneycutt, Myra Twitty, and Savannah Baldwin each reached base with a single. Eilers took the loss, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Deady tallied both of Georgia State’s hits, her first being an infield single in the second inning. Elle Doolittle earned her second win of the day in the circle, scattering six hits over seven scoreless innings.

WCU is off this weekend before traveling to Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, March 21 for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Catamounts are slated to open the home portion as well as the Southern Conference portion of the schedule on March 25-26 against Furman.

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