Feb. 19, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Western Carolina softball (3-6) was defeated by Mercer (2-6) 13-2, in five innings, in the final day of action at the Seminole Classic 2 Sunday at JoAnne Graf Field. It was the second, time in as many days, the two teams have faced off in the tournament hosted by Florida State. Mercer enforced the run-rule, ending the game in five or innings or more if a team led by eight runs, against Western Carolina on Saturday evening and again on Sunday morning. Mercer defeated WCU 12-4 on Saturday evening.
The Bears jumped on senior starting pitcher Katie King early, in the top of the first inning, scoring four runs on three hits. King went 1.1 innings before being replaced by freshman Jordan Garrett, who did not record an out in the second inning giving up two runs on two hits. Junior Amber Steinhardt was the third pitcher to enter the game for Western Carolina and she went 3.2 innings allowing five runs on four hits and struck out four.
King took the loss in the game and falls to 0-2 on the season.
Mercer scored in four of the five innings played. After posting four runs in the first, the Bears added five runs in the second, four in the third and one in the fourth.
Western Carolina avoided a shutout by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Erin drew a lead-off walk and Shemekia Scotton followed with a bunt single that allowed Foster to advance to second. Six-foot freshman catcher Heather Chastain stroked a single past the short-stop to load the bases full of Catamounts with one out. Redshirt junior Megan Taylor hit an RBI single which plated Foster for Western Carolina's first score of the game. Scotton scored the second run of the inning when Jordan Fulton reached on a Mercer fielding error. The inning ended, on the same play, when Chastain tried to leg out a trip home and was called out at the plate.
The Catamounts had five hits in the contest, two coming from Chastain. Scotton, Foster and Taylor each had one hit.
Western Carolina returns to action Friday competing in a tournament hosted by North Carolina A&T. The Catamounts open the tournament, in Greensboro, N.C., facing Marist at 11 a.m. February 24.