March 2, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (6-9) split day two action at the Coastal Carolina Tournament defeating Drexel 3-2 and falling to Wichita State 4-0.
The Catamounts snapped a six-game losing streak with the one run, 3-2, win over Drexel. Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett came into the game, in relief, tossing 5.1 innings and pick up the win. Garrett one run, on five hits, and struck out 10. She improves to 4-5 on the season.
Senior Amber Steinhardt started the game for Western Carolina but after getting into a jam in the second inning. After getting two quick outs, Steinhardt allowed three straight hits, including an RBI double, to give Drexel the lead. Garrett came into the game, with two outs and runners on first and third, and struck out Drexel's Hanna Parrish to end the inning.
Western Carolina tied the game at one in the fourth inning. Freshman Taylor Sigmon led off with a single up the middle. Steinhardt followed with a walk. With two outs, Drexel pitcher Shelby Taylor gave up a walk to Megan Crowe to load the bases. Taylor offered up the third walk of the inning to Kayla Meyers to walk in a run, scoring Sigmon.
The Catamounts would get a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning. With one out, senior Shemekia Scotton singled to left center and moved to third off a double by Sigmon. For the second straight inning Steinhardt drew a walk, and for the second consecutive inning, the Catamounts found themselves with the bases loaded. Haley Pace sent Scotton home an on RBI single through the left side to keep the bases loaded. With two outs, Drexel pitcher Taylor walked in the second inning of the game, when she walked Crowe scoring Sigmon.
The walk issued by Drexel's pitcher Taylor would be costly as it was the key run the Catamounts would need to insure the win. Drexel attempted a rally in the top of the seventh inning when Maggy Fermo led off with a walk and would eventually score thanks to an RBI single by Comfort Ahonkhai to cut the Catamount lead to one, 3-2.
Garrett logged her 10th strikeout of the game to end the Drexel threat when she ended the game forcing Sylvia Llamas to strikeout swinging. Garrett now has 79 strikeouts this season.
Sigmon and Pace each had a pair of hits in the game.
Wichita State used an explosive sixth inning, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, to end a scoreless game and shut out the Catamounts in the final game of day for Western Carolina.
Freshman Mallory Broome went the full six innings in the game and takes the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season. Broome tossed five innings of scoreless ball before Wichita State unleashed for the four runs. She ended the game with three strikeouts, three walks and allowing five hits.
Western Carolina had just four hits in the game and committed one error. Three times Western Carolina had runners in scoring positions with doubles by Heather Chastain, in the third, Scotton in the fourth, and Amber Kimrey in the sixth inning. Chastain and Kimrey were each stranded at third.
The Catamounts will face Drexel at 11 a.m. and host Coastal Carolina at 1 p.m. Sunday in the final day of the Coastal Carolina Invitational.