March 1, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (5-8) was swept in day one action at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. The Catamounts fell to Wichita State 8-5 and Albany 5-2.
Wichita State 8, Western Carolina 5
Three different pitchers saw action, and Western Carolina battled back twice, but Wichita State scored three unanswered runs to defeat the Catamounts 8-5.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett started the game, making her seventh start of the season and 10th appearance, lasting 3.1 innings giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out five. Senior Amber Steinhardt tossed two thirds of an inning, getting the Catamounts out of jam in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, after Steinhardt gave up three straight hits and two run she was relieved by freshman Mallory Broome, who would close out the game. Steinhardt took the loss in the game and falls to 1-1 on the season.
Broome gave up one run, a homerun, three hits, and struck out four in her three innings of work.
Wichita State opened the game with two runs in the top of the first. Western Carolina battled back to score four runs in the bottom half of the first.
Junior Amelia Griffin drew a lead-off walk and moved to second off a sacrifice by Jordan Fulton. Senior Shemekia Scotton, in the game as DP, reached on a Shocker error. Freshman Taylor Sigmon singled to right field which scored Griffin and moved Scotton to third and Sigmon motored to second on the throw. Steinhardt got a fielder's choice RBI that scored Scotton and Megan Crowe hit an RBI single that plated Sigmon. With the bases loaded, Karley Harkey drew the third walk of the inning that scored Haley Pace, who also reached on a walk.
Wichita State reclaimed the lead by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning to top the Catamounts 5-4. Western Carolina tied the game at five in the bottom of the fourth. Sigmon led off with a double and she scored off an RBI single by Pace. Sigmon, Pace and Crowe each had a pair of hits in the game.
Albany 5, Western Carolina 2
Freshman first baseman Sigmon hit the first homerun of her career, and the first for the team this season, in the top of the sixth to avoid the shutout against Albany. The two run blast also cut the Dane's lead to 3-2.
Albany ended the scoreless game in the bottom of the third inning, scoring one run, off a Catamount error. The Danes tacked on two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Vicky McFarland hit a lead-off homerun and Marlin Solan hit an RBI single to give Albany a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Amelia Griffin led off with a bunt single and was erased at second on a fielder's choice that put Scotton on first and Scotton scored off the homerun by Sigmon.
After Albany scored two more runs, in the bottom of the sixth inning, Western Carolina had just one last Chance. In the seventh, Western Carolina looked to have something in the works when Steinhardt hit a lead-off double. Heather Chastain popped up to the catcher and Megan Crowe struck out. With two outs, Makenzi McAteer hit a single past the pitcher and Steinhardt moved to third. Pinch hitter Chandler Terrapin struck out to end the game.
Broome got the start for Western Carolina and went 4.1 innings allowing three runs, one earned, and striking out eight. Garrett finished the game going 1.2 innings allowing two runs and four hits and struck out one. Broome took the loss and falls to 1-1.
Western Carolina had six hits in the game but couldn't overcome the four errors in the contest. Steinhardt led the Catamounts with two hits.
Western Carolina will face Drexel at 10 a.m. Saturday and Wichita State at 2:30 p.m. in day two of the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
Amelia Griffin had her five-game hitting streak snapped against Wichita State ... She bounced back with a hit against Albany ... She has now had at least one hit six of the last seven games.
Freshman Taylor Sigmon not only got the first hit of her career, and the first hit for the team this season - It was against the University of Missouri- Kansas-City, she now picked up the first homerun of her Catamount career, against Albany, which was also the first homerun of the season for Western Carolina ... The Catamounts went through the first 12 games of the season without a homerun.
Sigmon and senior Amber Steinhardt now have the longest hitting streak on the team having hit safely in the last four games.
Though Amelia Griffin had her five-game hitting streak snapped she still holds a streak of reaching base safely in the last nine games.
Western Carolina is currently suffering through a six-game losing streak ... In the six games, Western Carolina has been shut-out twice and has lost by three runs or less in five of the six games.