Feb. 16, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Western Carolina softball (5-3) split day two action at the Lipton Florida Invitational Saturday, defeating Charleston Southern 3-0, in eight innings, and falling to No. 5 Florida (10-0) 5-0 at KSP Stadium.
Western Carolina 3, Charleston Southern 0
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett tossed a complete eight inning two hit shutout, fanning 10 batters, in Western Carolina's 3-0 win over Charleston Southern. Garrett improved to 3-2 on the season. It was the second straight shutout for the Catamounts in the tournament.
The two teams went seven scoreless innings pushing the game to extra innings, the first of the season for Western Carolina. Per international rules, the last batter from the previous inning is placed on second to start the extra inning.
Freshman Amber Kimrey, who was put in the game as a pinch runner for Megan Crowe, was placed on second and it didn't take long for Western Carolina to capitalize. With one out, senior centerfielder Jordan Fulton laced a double to left field to score Crowe and break the scoreless game. Fellow senior Shemekia Scotton hit the second double of the inning to score Fulton. With two outs, Haley Pace tacked on the third run when she hit an RBI single to score Scotton.
Garrett got into a bit of a jam in Charleston Southern's half of the eighth inning. With a runner placed on second, Charleston Southern got its second hit of the game placing runners at first and third. Garrett got a strikeout and two ground outs to end the threat and the game.
Western Carolina had six hits in the game, two from Fulton.
No. 5 Florida 5, Western Carolina 0
Freshman Taylor Sigmon (0-1) got the first start of her Catamount career on the mound against No. 5 Florida to close out day two of the tournament. Sigmon rose to the challenge, setting the high-powered offensive minded Gators on their heels, allowing just six hits, five runs and striking out nine. Sigmon also accounted for two of the Catamounts four hits.
Early in the game, Western Carolina also challenged Florida on the bases. In the second inning, Sigmon doubled and threatened to score when she was sacrificed over to third. Florida held the Catamounts back forcing two pop-ups.
With two outs, in the third inning, Amelia Griffin singled and Fulton reached on a Gator error allowing the Catamounts to threaten again. Scotton ground out to end the inning.
After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Sigmon sat down 10 of the next 11 Gator batters before giving up the second run of the game. In the fifth inning, Florida added a second run when Briana Little singled and then scored off an RBI groundout by Kathlyn Medina.
Florida added three more runs when Jessica Damico hit a three-run homerun.
So far, in the tournament hosted by Florida, Western Carolina is the only team to take the Gators to a full seven inning game.
Western Carolina closes out the Lipton Florida Tournament Sunday facing Savannah State at 9 a.m.