Feb. 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Western Carolina softball (3-3) earned a split in day one action of the Seminole Classic No. 2 Friday. The Catamounts fell to host Florida State 9-1, in five innings, before bouncing back to defeat Florida A&M (2-6) 5-4 in eight innings.
Freshman hurler Jordan Garrett was superb for Western Carolina when she came into relief against Florida A&M. With the Catamounts trailing 4-3, Garrett entered the contest, replacing starting pitcher Amber Steinhardt. She entered after the Rattlers rallied from 3-1 down to take a 4-3 advantage.
Garrett finished out the game tossing a shutout in 3.2 innings of work allowing just one hit. She also recorded three strikeouts in the game to earn the win, improving to 3-2 on the season.
Down 4-3, Western Carolina answered Florida A&M's three run fifth inning by tying the game at four in the top of the sixth.
With one out, senior centerfielder Erin Foster singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks by Shemekia Scotton and Heather Chastain loaded the bases for the Catamounts. Makenzi McAteer hit into a fielder's choice but
Western Carolina's scoring chance was squelched when Foster was called out at home. Western Carolina didn't let the next opportunity slip by when FAMU relief pitcher Ashle Minter threw a wild pitch allowing Scotton to motor home and tie the game.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Western Carolina played in its second extra inning game in three contests. Foster hit a lead-off single, her third hit of the game, to start the eighth inning. Scotton attempted a sacrifice bunt to push Foster over, but a Rattler miscue allowed Scotton to reach first and Foster to move to third. Western Carolina took the lead on a sacrifice fly RBI by Chastain sending Foster home.
Garrett kept things interesting for the Catamounts in Florida A&M's bottom half of the eighth inning. After striking out lead-off batter Tenish Dixon, Garrett walked Tera Gainer to put the tying run at first. Aria Stewart popped up to Garrett for the second out, but back-to-back walks by Garrett loaded the bases with Rattlers. There was a sigh of relief when Garrett got Alyss Weaver to ground out for the final out of the inning and end the game.
Western Carolina got the early lead when the Catamounts scored three runs in the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, after a pair of two out singles by Jordan Fulton and Amelia Griffin and Haley Pace reaching on a FAMU error, Foster hit a three RBI double to left field to give the Catamounts an early 3-0 lead.
Florida A&M drew one run in the bottom of the fourth before taking a short-lived 4-3 lead in the fifth inning.
Western Carolina had seven hits in the game, three coming from Foster while Amelia Griffin added two. The Catamounts were flawless in the field, ending the game without an error.
In game one on the day, host Florida State jumped on the Catamounts early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Senior pitcher Katie King got the start but was pulled in the first inning and took the loss falling to 0-1. Garrett replaced King and went four innings.
Western Carolina picked up a run in the top of the second inning. With one out, Scotton was hit by a pitch. McAteer's RBI double to left field scored Scotton for the Catamounts lone run in the game. McAteer's double was Western Carolina's only hit in the game.
The Catamounts return to action on Saturday in day two of the Seminole Classic No. 2. Western Carolina will face North Dakota State at 4:45 p.m. and Mercer at 6:30 p.m.