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Samford upsets Western Carolina to open the SoCon tournament

GROENSBORO, NC On the opening day of the Southern Conference Softball Championship, the No. 3 Samford softball team contained the No. 7 Western Carolina Catamounts by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday at UNCG Softball Stadium.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 22-30 overall and will advance in the winners bracket to play No. 2 and host UNCG Spartans on Thursday at noon CT. Western Carolina falls to 17-34 on the season.

Jordyn Partain got the start in the circle for Samford, but faced only three Catamount batters before being relieved by McKenzie Newcomb. The second-team All-SoCon performer pitched seven shutout innings for her ninth win of the season. After settling in, Newcomb allowed just two hits and a walk against seven strikeouts.

Despite only having four hits in the game, Samford scored five Katie Campbell And Logan Champion each rides in a pair. Sarah Squillace walked two and scored twice in the winning effort.

In the top of the first inning, Partain left the game with the bases loaded. After a Catamount strikeout, Western Carolina struck first with a two-run single through the right side to take a 2-0 lead.

Samford answered at the bottom of the frame to get a run back when Squillace came home and scored on a sacrifice fly by Campbell. The first-inning RBI was Campbell’s 50th of the season as she became the first Bulldog in program history to reach the 50 RBI plateau.

A quiet second inning gave way to a noisy third frame, in which Samford put four runs on the scoreboard. The big Bulldog inning started with a leadoff McKayla Cothran single and an 11-pitch Squillace walk. Both found their way home with a two-run RBI Champion double down the third base line, giving Samford the lead for good at 3-2. Champion scored a few pitches later on Campbell’s single up the middle, making it a 4-2 game. Samford’s final point of the game then came Lindsey Nelson walked the bases to score Addison Smithwho was running for Campbell.

After the breakout inning, Newcomb retired 12 of the last 13 Catamounts she faced, including the final 10 batters of the game, to seal the 5-2 victory for the Samford Bulldogs.

Samford will take on UNCG on Thursday at noon CT And the game will be streamed on ESPN+.


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