Feb. 17, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Western Carolina softball sophomore (5-4) pitcher Jordan Garrett had a career-high 14 strikeouts, but a walk-off RBI double by Antonette Smith lifted Savannah State to a 2-1 victory over the Catamounts in the final day of the Lipton Florida Invitational Sunday.
Garrett sat down the first 12 batters she faced and Western Carolina clung to a one-run lead for almost the game. The Catamounts scored their only run in the first inning when Amelia Griffin led off with a walk and Jordan Fulton singled. An RBI groundout by freshman Taylor Sigmon scored Griffin.
Western Carolina had its chances to add it its run total but just couldn't push anyone else across. In the top of the seventh inning the Catamounts had bases loaded and one out after a single by pinch hitter Sarah Perrine and a single and a walk by Griffin and Fulton. Sigmon struck out and sophomore catcher Heather Chastain was called out due to batter's interference to end the inning.
Savannah State set up its game winning run when Madison Hedderly led off with a single and advanced to second off a wild pitch by Garrett and moved to third off a sacrifice bunt. Garrett got her 14th strikeout of the game when she fanned Rachel White but a passed ball allowed White to reach first. Runners on second and third, after White stole second, set up the RBI double by Smith.
Western Carolina had six hits in the game with two coming from Kayla Myers. Garrett falls to 3-3 on the season.
The Catamounts return to action February 22-24 participating in the 49ers Invitational hosted by Charlotte.