March 3, 2012
KENNESAW, Ga. - Western Carolina softball (7-9) defeated Jacksonville State (3-11) 6-4 Saturday, at Bailey Park, in a rain-shortened second day of the Buzz Classic.
Freshman hurler Jordan Garrett picked up her seconds straight victory (5-4), in the Buzz Classic, with another solid performance. She bent but didn't break turning in a gutsy performance, in which she gave up 12 hits, but only allowed four runs. Garrett was backed up by a stellar performance defensively, by the Catamounts, who didn't yield and error in the game.
Offensively, Western Carolina may have only scattered four hits in the game, against Jacksonville State, but they were timely hits.
Both teams got on the board right off the bat. Jacksonville State opened the game with a pair of runs in the top of the first. Not to be outdone, Western Carolina answered with a two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning. The inning opened with back-to-back walks given to Jordan Fulton and Amelia Griffin. A single by Erin Foster, to left center loaded the bases with Catamounts. With one out, Kelly Braman hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Fulton. A fielding error by Jacksonville State afforded Griffin the chance to score the second run of the inning for Western Carolina.
The Catamounts took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, a lead Western Carolina would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. Griffin opened the inning with a single and scored on an RBI double by Shemekia Scotton, giving WCU a 3-2 advantage.
In the bottom of the fourth, Western Carolina had a huge three-run output to all but put the game away. Again, the inning began with Jacksonville State giving walks this time three straight to Catamounts' Heather Chastain
, Megan Crowe
and Jordan Fulton
. Griffin hit a sacrifice fly allowing pinch runner Alex Church
, who came in for Chastain to score. Foster followed with a two RBI triple, her third triple of the season, scoring Crowe and Fulton.
Jacksonville State would attempt a comeback, including a homerun in the firth inning and a run in the seventh, but Western Carolina kept them at bay.
Foster led Western Carolina going 2-for-2 with two RBI and a triple.
Western Carolina concludes action in the Buzz Classic with a noon game against Southeast Louisiana State and a 2 p.m. game against Alabama State.