Feb. 25, 2011
vs. Presbyterian Box Score
vs. North Carolina A&T Box Score
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (7-5) dropped both games in the opening day of the North Carolina A&T Tournament falling 3-0 to Presbyterian and 7-5 to NC A&T after the game was called due to darkness.
In the first game of the tournament, Western Carolina lost to Presbyterian 3-0. It was just the second time this season the Catamounts have been shutout. The two teams had a three hour delay, prior to the start of the game, because of inclement weather.
When the two teams hit the field, the Blue Hose didn't waste anytime, posting two runs in the top of the first inning. Presbyterian College added a lone run in the sixth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Steinhardt dropped her first game on the mound against Presbyterian. She tossed a complete game allowing three runs, just one of them earned, on four hits and struck out four. Steinhardt falls to 4-1.
The Catamounts strung together just three hits in the contest. Kelly Braman Steinhardt and Makenzi McAteer each had hits in the game.
The Catamounts game with the host Aggies, as stated above, was called in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs and NC A&T leading 7-5. The Aggies do not have lights on their field, and after the first game was postponed two hours due to inclement weather, the games were pushed back and couldn't beat the darkening skies.
Western Carolina got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning after a scoreless first. Haley Pace scored the first run for the Catamounts after reaching first on a fielder's choice, advancing to second on the throw and stealing third. Pace scored on an Aggies passed ball. Sarah Spencer kept the inning alive by drawing a walk and the bases were loaded with Catamounts when Makenzi McAteer singled and Jordan Fulton walked. Spencer scored the second run of the inning on an Aggie fielding error.
North Carolina A&T took the lead in the bottom of the second and took it in a big way. The Aggies exploded for seven runs on six hits.
The Catamounts added two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Junior Erin Foster led off with a triple and scored off an RBI single by Steinhardt. An Aggie fielding error allowed Shemekia Scotton to score after reaching first on a fielder's choice.
Bekah Burkett started the game and takes her first lost of the game on the mound, falling to 0-1. She was replaced by Katie King in the second inning.
Steinhardt and McAteer each had two hits in the game.
Western Carolina continues play in the North Carolina A&T Invitational. The revised rain schedule has the Catamounts playing Rider at 1 p.m. Saturday and IPFW at 9 a.m. Sunday.