Feb. 15, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -Western Carolina softball (0-4) fell to Kansas 6-0 and Ole Miss 16-4 Saturday in second day action at the College of Charleston Classic.
Kanass 6, Western Carolina 0
Starting pitcher Jordan Garrett held the Jayhawks scoreless for the first two innings of the game before Kansas posted two runs in the third, fourth and fifth inning. Garrett gave up four of the runs and reliever Courtney Buchananyielded two.
For the second straight game, sophomore Taylor Sigmoncame into a game in relief and shut down an opponent. Sigmon got the call against Kansas in the top of the sixth and tossed two shutout innings giving up just one hit. Overall, in her first two appearances of the 2014 season, Sigmon has thrown four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five.
Sigmon also got the only two hits of the game for Western Carolina against Kansas. She also logged the first extra-base hit of the season knocking a double in the fifth inning.
It was Sigmon's double, in the fifth inning, which gave the Catamounts its only scoring opportunity in the game. When Amber Kimreyhit a ball to first base, Sigmon attempted to go home but was thrown out at the plate.
Garrett took the loss in the game falling to 0-2. She went 3.1 innings giving up four runs on five hits and struck out four. Garrett is looking to break the Western Carolina career record for strikeouts standing with with 379. She needs four strikeouts to snap the record of 382 held by former Catamount Mendy McKenzie.
Buchanan came in relief in the fourth inning giving up two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings pitched.
Ole Miss 16, Western Carolina 4
Ole Miss scored in all four innings and forced a shortened game defeating Western Carolina 16-4. The International Tie-Breaker Rule was put into effect after the Rebels posted 16 runs, the rule stating if one team scores eight or more runs after five innings the game is halted.
Junior hurler Mallory Broome started for the Catamounts and went two innings giving up eight runs on six hits. Buchanan replaced Broome in the third inning and gave up eight runs on 11 hits. The Rebels scored one run in the first, six in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth.
Western Carolina avoided the shutout posting a run in the third inning. With two outs, sophomore shortstop Karley Harkey hit a single through the left side. Harkey scored on an RBI double by freshman Kara Salvo.
The Catamounts added three runs in the bottom of the fifth with Harkey again a part of the scoring. Whitney Haywood drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sarah Perrine followed with a single moving Haywood to third. Harkey earned an RBI when she singled to right field scoring Haywood.
Western Carolina tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning when junior catcher Heather Chastain singled up the middle for two RBI scoring Harkey and Perrine. Sigmon’s single kept the inning alive, with one out, and moved Chastain to third. Buchanan lined into double play to end the inning and the game.
Broome takes the loss and falls to 0-2. Harkey, Salvo and Sigmon each had two hits in the game. Sigmon has gotten at least one hit in the last three games.
Western Carolina got four of its eight hits in the fifth inning.
The Catamounts close out action at the College of Charleston Classic facing Fordham at 11 a.m.