March 3, 2013
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -Western Carolina softball (6-11) dropped both games, in the final day of action, at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, falling 6-5 to Drexel in eight innings and being shut out by Coastal Carolina 4-0.
Drexel 6, Western Carolina 5 (eight innings)
Western Carolina lost in eight innings, 6-5, to Drexel after battling back to tie the game in the sixth inning. The Dragons' Emily Baker hit an RBI single scoring Comfort Ahonkhai, who had been placed on second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Ahonkhai was placed on second, in the eighth, per international tie-breaker rules in softball where the last player, in the previous inning to get out, is placed on second.
Senior Shemekia Scotton tied the game, with one swing of the bat, in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trailing 5-2, Scotton hit her first homerun of the season, and the second for the team, to knot the game at five. The Catamounts began the two-out rally, that set up Scotton's homerun, when Amelia Griffin singled to centerfield and Jordan Fultonsingled past the shortstop to put runners on first and second and set up Scotton's game-tying long ball.
The Catamounts took the early 2-0 lead, scoring a run in the first and one in the second. Western Carolina got on the board first thanks to an RBI single by Amber Steinhardtin the first inning and took a 2-0 advantage on an RBI groundout by Scotton with the bases loaded.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett got the start in the game and was cruising along until the third inning when she gave up back-to-back singles with two outs. Garrett looked like she would get out of the jam when she struck out Karli Boyer, but catcher Haley Pace dropped the ball, and when Pace attempted to throw down to first it was an errant throw which allowed to runners to score and Drexel to the game at two.
Drexel would score five unanswered runs, including three in the fifth inning, to build a 5-2 lead before Scotton's homerun tied the game at five.
Garrett suffered the loss and falls to 4-6 on the season. She allowed six runs, but only one was earned, and struck out 11. Garrett has now had double figure strikeout games in six of her 13 starts this season.
Scotton and Steinhardt each had two hits in the game accounting for half of the eight hits by Western Carolina in the game.
Coastal Carolina 4, Western Carolina 0
Fulton spoiled Coastal Carolina pitcher Kiana Quolas no hitter when she picked up the Catamounts only hit in the game in the top of the seventh inning. Prior to the hit by Fulton, Quolas had sat down 18-of -19 Catamount batters in the game. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Coastal Carolina exploded for four runs.
Freshman Taylor Sigmon got her second start of the season on the mound. She falls to 0-2 on the season after allowing four runs on five hits, and striking out eight, in 4.1 innings of work. Fellow freshman Mallory Broometossed the final 1.2 innings allowing one hit and strikeout out one.
Western Carolina hosts rival Appalachian State in its Southern Conference and home opener March 9. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. at the Catamount Softball Complex.