Feb. 22, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (3-6) drew a split in the final day of the Coastal Carolina Kickin' Chicken Classic Sunday. The Catamounts defeated host Coastal Carolina 10-9 and then dropped its last game of the day 10-0 to Southern Conference rival Appalachian State in five innings.
It was an offensive battle for Western Carolina and Coastal Carolina in the first game of the day, as the two teams combined for 23 hits and 19 runs. The Lady Catamounts came out on top after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Down by two runs heading into the final frame of the game, freshman Chelsea Schaffer got the Catamounts started with a one out single. With two outs junior catcher Danielle Reese hit a RBI double, her first two base hit of the season, to score Schaffer to tie the game at nine. Reese proceeded to steal third and then gave Western Carolina the lead when she scored on a passed ball.
Freshman lefty hurler Katie King (1-2) went six innings and got her first win as a Catamount. Senior Lauren Ross replaced King in the bottom of the seventh inning and earned her first save of the season tossing a scoreless inning allowing one Coastal Carolina hit.
The Catamounts jumped out to an early lead scoring two runs to open the game. Kristen Gay drew a lead-off walk and then stole second. Sophomore Amber Hawkins singled and she and Gay both scored on a Coastal Carolina error.
Coastal Carolina posted three runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead and tacked on three more to take what looked like a commanding 6-2 advantage.
Western Carolina pulled within two runs in the top of the third scoring two runs. Hawkins hit a one out single and after Stephanie Beatty
reached on an error, Hawkins scored on the play. Beatty scored on a wild pitch.
After Coastal Carolina tacked on yet another run in the bottom of the fourth, Western Carolina exploded for four runs in the fifth inning.
The scoring barrage in the fifth inning began with the first Catamount homerun of the season and first of junior Keri Burnside's career. With one out, Beatty singled and then Beth Hauser and Schaffer reached on errors to load the bases. Mollie Fowler was hit by a pitch to score Beatty for the second run of the inning. The final two runs where thanks to a two RBI single by Reese giving Western Carolina a short 8-7 lead.
Coastal Carolina took back the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth before Western Carolina rallied in the seventh.
Reese led the Catamounts going 2-for3 with a double, a run and three RBI.
It was all Appalachian State in the second game of the day as the Mountaineers scored 10 quick runs and shortened the game to just five innings. Appalachian State's Ashley Stubbs tossed a no-hitter against the Catamounts.
Freshman Megan Taylor started the game and went 3.1 innings allowing nine runs in five hits. Sophomore Chere Monday tossed the final 1.2 innings allowing one run on three hits.
Western Carolina returns to action Friday facing Tokyo in the Hawaii Invitational.