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Mercer softball comes from behind to win first round of SoCon tournament

Mercer's Carolina Taylor (No. 29) hit her 14th home run of the season in the Bear's come-from-behind win over Western Carolina in the first round of the SoCon tournament./(CTSY: Mercer Athletics)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Mercer softball team is on to the second round of the Southern Conference tournament after coming from behind to beat Western Carolina 8-7 in their first round matchup.

The Catamounts jumped to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a home run in the first inning, but the Bears answered back in the third inning with a bases-loaded walk from shortstop Emma Andrew to cut the defectit to 2-1.

Western Carolina extended that lead in the fourth inning by scoring four runs on four hits. All four runs were scored with two outs in the inning.

Mercer would go on to score seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings combined to take the lead and win this game 8-7. Meghan Rud led the way for Mercer on offense, going 3-for-3 at the plate from the leadoff spot. Carolina Taylor also provided a huge spark, hitting her 14th home run of the season in the fifth inning.

The Bears will now face either ETSU or Furman in the second round of the SoCon tournament tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

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