Feb. 24, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (5-6) dropped a pair of games in the only day of action at the 49er Invitational Sunday, falling to Sacred Heart 2-0 and 9-7 to Robert Morris.
After games on Friday and Saturday were cancelled due to heavy rains, Western Carolina finally squeezed in a pair of games at the tournament hosted by Charlotte.
In the first game of the day, the Catamounts were shutout for the third time this season with the 2-0 loss to Sacred Heart. Western Carolina had six hits in the contest, to Sacred Hearts five, and also committed one error.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett got the start and took the loss in the contest. She struck out seven, allowing two runs and five hits. Garrett now has 63 strikeouts this season averaging 1.2 strikeouts per inning.
Sacred Heart scored a run in the first inning and then got a homerun by Nicole Sidor in the fifth inning. Western Carolina had its chances with runners in scoring position in four of the seven innings played.
The Catamounts best scoring chance came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior Amber Steinhardt led off with a single to right field and moved to second on a single by fellow senior Haley Pace. A passed ball advanced Steinhardt to third and Pace to second with no outs. A line out to the pitcher, by Taylor Sigmon and back-to-back strikeouts by Kayla Myers and Karley Harkey ended the inning and Catamount threat.
Freshman Taylor Sigmon went 2-of-3 in the game.
Western Carolina collected a bevy of hits in the contest against Robert Morris and it unfolded as a game of who would score last. In this instance, it was the Colonials.
The Catamounts were up 7-6 after their half of the sixth inning when Robert Morris matched Western Carolina's three runs to take the 9-7 lead. The Catamounts benefitted from the return of senior Shemekia Scotton, who missed two games due to an injury, as she pinch hit in the and knocked a two RBI single to give the Catamounts the then 7-6 lead.
Freshman pitcher Mallory Broome got the start against Robert Morris held the Colonial's scoreless and hitless for three innings.
In the top of the fourth inning, Western Carolina scored the first runs of the game posting three runs. Chandler Terripan was hit by a pitch and Steinhardt singled placing runners on first and second. Sophomore catcher Heather Chastain blasted a two RBI double plating Terrapin and Steinhardt. Chastain scored off an RBI single by Amelia Griffin who ended the game 4-for-5. Chastain had three hits in the contest.
Robert Morris scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Catamount lead to 3-1. Western Carolina tacked on a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Steinhardt that scored Jordan Fulton.
In the bottom of the fifth, Robert Morris exploded for five runs including a four-run homerun by Haileigh Stocks. The homerun was credited to Garrett who came into the game in relief of Broome. It was the second homerun of the season given up by Garrett.
Broome went 4.1 innings allowing three runs, two hits and struck out five. Garrett tossed the remainder of the game and took the loss, falling to 3-5 on the season.
Western Carolina had a season-high 15 hits in the game and Robert Morris had six.
Western Carolina will play in its final tournament of the regular season March 1-3 at a tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina.