March 2, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Freshman catcher Kara Salvo hit a grand-slam to help lift Western Carolina softball (5-11) to a 7-0 win over St. John's Sunday, at the Sixth Annual Bulldog Invitational, hosted by the University of Georgia.
After being shut out by St. John's the day before, Western Carolina wasted no time scratching the scoreboard Sunday morning scoring in the top of the first inning. Sophomore shortstop Karley Harkey hit a one out double to left center and scored off an RBI single by Kara Salvo.
Neither team would find home plate again until the Catamounts lit up the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning.
Amber Kimrey hit a lead-off single through the left side. With one out, back-to-back Red Storm errors loaded the bases with Amelia Griffin and Makenzi McAteer getting on base. Kimrey was erased at home when Harkey hit into a fielder's choice and with two outs, St. John's looked like it was almost out of the inning. Salvo had other plans as she hit the first grand-slam of her Catamount career, and second homerun of the season, breaking the game open.
With one out, freshman Courtney Price hit the first homerun of her Catamount career to tack on additional run in the top of the sixth. Western Carolina would go on to have bases loaded after Kimrey walked, McAteer hit a double and Griffin singled with two outs. Harkey ground out to end the inning.
Western Carolina wasn't done with scoring as it tacked on an additional run in the top of the seventh. Salvo and Sigmon led off the inning with back-to-back singles and the bases her loaded when Price reached on a fielder's choice. Kimrey notched an RBI when she ground out to second scoring Sigmon. Brooke Coggins struck out to end the Catamounts' half of the seventh.
Freshman hurler Courtney Buchanan got her second start in the Bulldog Invitational tossing five scoreless innings. She gave up two hits and struck out six and improves to 2-0 on the season.
Taylor Sigmon came into relief for Buchanan in the sixth inning. She threw two scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out two. Salvo went 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored. As a team, Western Carolina had nine hits.
Western Carolina will host Charlotte in its home opener Wednesday. The single game is set to start at 3 p.m. at the Catamount Softball Complex.