Feb. 9, 2013
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (2-1) swept day two action at the Subway Upstate Classic Saturday defeating Maine (2-1) 5-4 and North Carolina Central (0-3) 13-2.
Western Carolina 5, Main 4
Western Carolina came from behind twice to defeat Main 5-4 in the first game of the second day of the Subway Upstate Classic. Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett relieved senior Amber Steinhardt, early in the first inning, and went on to record 12 strikeouts, allowing two earned runs and improving to 1-1 on the season.
Junior outfielder Amelia Griffin was 3-for-4 in the game, scoring a run and picking up an RBI.
Maine broke open the game early scoring two runs, in the first inning, both off Catamount hurler Steinhardt.
Western Carolina trimmed the Black Bear lead to one in the bottom of the first inning. Griffin led off with a single and moved to second off a single by Shemekia Scotton. Senior third baseman Haley Pace walked to load the bases and an RBI single past third by Steinhardt scored Griffin.
Maine extended its lead to 3-1 in the top of the second. With one out, Kristen Koslosky singled to left field and scored on a ground out RBI by Nikki Bryon.
The Catamounts knotted the game at three in the third inning. With one out, Scotton got her second hit of the game, a single past first base, and scored on an RBI double by sophomore catcher Heather Chastain, who moved to third on a Main error. Pace's RBI single plated Chastain to tie the game at three.
With one out, Kayla Myers' bunt single would assist in giving Western Carolina its first lead of the game in the fourth inning. Griffin followed with a bunt single and senior outfielder Jordan Fulton
followed with an RBI single to score Myers and give the Catamounts a 4-3 lead.
The Black Bears weren't finished as Maine tied the game for the second time in the top of the sixth. With one out, Katlin Norton came in to pinch hit for Kayla Kowalski and doubled to left field. Kowalski came back in the game and scored off an RBI single by EmJ Fogel.
Western Carolina answered in the bottom of the sixth scoring one run and taking the lead for good, 5-4, for the win. Myers got her second hit of the game, a double to left field, setting up an RBI single by Griffin to score Myers and seal the game.
Western Carolina 13, North Carolina Central 2
Western Carolina benefitted from a seven run second inning to defeat North Carolina Central 13-2, in five innings, to close out day two of the Subway Upstate Classic.
Freshman pitcher Mallory Broome (1-0) got the first start of her Catamount career and earned her first win. She went five innings allowing one earned run, four hits and struck out nine. The Eagles' Bianka Molina took the loss and falls to 0-2.
Western Carolina jumped out on the Eagles early scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Griffin led off with a single and stole second. Fulton reached on a NC Central fielding error and Scotton was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pace hit into a fielder's choice erasing Griffin at home. Freshman first baseman Taylor Sigmon knocked a two RBI single up the middle to score Fulton and Scotton.
The Catamounts had a monster second inning scoring seven runs. Back-to-back walks from Myers and Griffin opened the inning. Fulton laid down a sacrifice bunt that resulted in a muffed throw by the Eagles allowing Myers to score. A passed ball by NC Central sent Griffin home and Fulton to third and an RBI double laced to right field by Scotton scored Fulton. The barrage continued when Pace singled and Sigmon drew a walk to load the bases. Freshman Sarah Perrine made the most of her first at bat as a Catamount, hitting a two RBI double to center field. With two outs, Sigmon scored on wild pitch and Perrine scored off an RBI single by Amber Kimrey.
After tossing three scoreless innings, Broome gave up a run to NC Central in the top of the fourth. Amber Kirkland got on base courtesy of a Western Carolina fielding error and scored from an RBI double by Tiphani Jackson.
With one out Makenzi McAteer, who came in to play second at the start of the fourth, drew a walk. Kimrey also walked and Griffin singled to load the bases with one out. Fulton hit into a fielder's choice and McAteer was out at home for the second out. Scotton tacked on three more runs for Western Carolina when she hit a three RBI triple to center field.
North Carolina Central added a lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The game was called after the Eagles at bat due to the run rule.
The Catamounts had10 hits in the game with Griffin and Pace each logging two hits.
Western Carolina plays host USC Upstate at 2 p.m. Sunday in the final day of action at the Subway Upstate Classic.