Feb. 16, 2014
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Junior hurler Jordan Garrett broke Western Carolina softball's (0-5) career record for strikeouts in a 1-0 losing effort to Fordham (5-3) Sunday in the final day of the College of Charleston Classic at Patriots Point.
Garrett needed four strikeouts, heading into the game with Fordham, to snap the career strikeout record of 382 held by former Catamount Mendy McKenzie. In six innings of work, Garrett fanned seven and now holds the record with 386.
It was a solid outing for Garrett except for the fifth inning when Fordham squeezed out a run. Garrett gave up a walk to lead off the fifth and it came back to haunt her. After Kayla Lombardo drew the walk for Fordham she wound around all the bases off a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single by Lauren Quense.
Western Carolina was plagued by missed opportunities starting with the bottom of the first. Senior right fielder Amelia Griffin hit a lead-off single and with one out moved to second on a single by freshman Kara Salvo. Back-to-back ground outs by Catamount heavy hitters Heather Chastain and Taylor Sigmon ended the scoring chance.
The Catamounts had base runners again in the third inning. Freshman Whitney Haywood led off with a single and moved to second on a passed ball but was erased at third when she was caught trying to steal for the first out. Griffin logged her second hit of the game when she singled to center field but that scoring chance ended when sophomore Karley Harkey hit into a double play.
In the fourth the Catamounts had runners on base again starting with a lead-off single by Salvo but she was erased at second when Chastain hit into a double play, Fordham's second of the game. With two outs Sigmon singled, her third straight game with a hit, but it was nothing doing when Courtney Buchanan
After Fordham scored, Western Carolina was set down in order in the bottom of the fifth but found its fourth key scoring chance in the bottom of the sixth. A Fordham error allowed Griffin to go to first base, and moved to second on a wild pitch with one out. Griffin was stranded at second courtesy of a ground out and a fly out.
The seventh inning brought Sigmon to the mound. In Sigmon's three appearances, in relief as pitcher, she has yet to yield a run. It was no different with Fordham. Sigmon gave Western Carolina a chance, heading to the bottom of the seventh when she tossed a one hit shutout.
In total, Sigmon has allowed just three hits in five innings pitched and struck out six.
For the fourth time in the game, Western Carolina got a lead-off single when Brooke Coggins singled to center field. Amber Kimrey's bunt attempted failed for the first out but Coggins moved into scoring position when Courtney Price ground out for the second out. Senior Makenzi McAteer, pinch hitting for Haywood, popped up to second base to end the game.
Western Carolina out-hit Fordham 7-to-4 and left six runners on base. Garrett takes the loss and falls to 0-3 on the season.
The Catamounts return to action Friday at the USC Upstate Spartan Classic. Western Carolina will open the tournament with the Spartans at 3 p.m.