Feb. 21, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (0-6) fell to host USC Upstate (11-0) 5-0 Friday in the first day of action at the Spartan Classic.
Hidden amidst the three homeruns and five runs by the Spartans was Western Carolina hurler Mallory Broome's season-high seven strikeouts over USC Upstate. The Catamounts had four hits in the game and runners on base four out of the seven innings.
USC Upstate jumped on Western Carolina 2-0 off two homeruns in the first and second inning. It was the only miscues Broome committed in the first pair of innings. She recorded five strikeouts in the first six outs of the game.
Western Carolina had base runners in three of the first four innings. Senior outfielder Amelia Griffin led off with a single to start the game. Sophomore Amber Kimrey lined a two out single to right field but was left on base when freshman Courtney Price lined out to the pitcher in the second inning.
The Catamounts best scoring chance in the first four innings came in the top of the fourth. Freshman Kara Salvo drew a lead-off walk and scampered to second on a single to center field by junior catcher Heather Chastain. A pair of pop ups and a ground out by the next three Western Carolina batters halted the scoring chance.
The Spartans tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth. After Madison Keiffer reached on a fielder's choice that erased Cheyenne Griffin, who led off with a single, Keiffer advanced to second on a Broome wild pitch. Kendall Settlemeyer hit a two-out RBI double scoring Keiffer.
Price's lead-off single gave Western Carolina another scoring chance in the bottom of the fifth. A textbook bunt by fellow freshman Whitney Haywood pushed Price to second. With one out, Griffin was thrown out by the closest of margins, at first, for the second out which moved Price to third. A line out by Karley Harkey, to centerfield, ended the inning. The third homerun of the game, by the Spartans Shellie Robinson, with a runner on first added two more runs for USC Upstate in the bottom of the fifth.
Broome took the loss and falls to 0-3 going five innings allowing five runs on nine hits. Sigmon came into the game in the sixth inning, in relief, and sat down all three Spartan batters, strikeout out two. Sigmon has now thrown six innings in relief without yielding a run.
Western Carolina continues action in the Spartan Classic at 11 a.m. Saturday facing Liberty. The Catamounts will come back on Sunday and play the Flames at 11 a.m. and Winthrop at 1 p.m.