March 9, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (6-13, 0-2 Southern Conference) was swept by Appalachian State (5-7, 2-0 SoCon) 6-1, 5-4 Saturday, at the Catamount Softball Complex, in both teams Southern Conference opener.
In the opening game of the doubleheader Appalachian State pitcher Shivaun Landeros had a shutout going into the bottom of the seventh inning before Catamount catcher hit her first homerun of the season. Landeros also didn't allow a hit for the first four innings until freshman Amber Kimrey beat out a tag at first base.
Besides the homerun by Chastain and a total of four hits by Western Carolina, Appalachian State controlled the opening game of the doubleheader. After two scoreless innings, the Mountaineers posted a run in the third inning to score the first run of the game. Two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth put the game out of reach for the Catamounts.
Mountaineer centerfielder Allie Cashion was 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI and a run scored.
Catamount sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett had rough outing to take the loss dropping to 4-7. She went 5.2 innings allowing six runs on 10 hits and struck out eight. Amber Steinhardt came into the game in the sixth inning and went 0.1 innings while Mallory Broome closed out the game.
Broome got the start in the second game and took the loss falling to 1-4. She went 4.1 innings giving up five runs on seven hits and struck out three. Garrett closed out the game going 2.2 innings only allowing two hits, didn't allow a run and struck out two. Garrett's two strikeouts in the second game gave her 100 for the season.
For the second straight game Appalachian State took the early lead. The Mountaineers took the early lead scoring a run in the second and two in the second. Unlike game one, Western Carolina found some offensive fire power to answer.
In the bottom of the fourth the Catamounts posted four runs to take a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back singles by Karley Harkey and Amelia Griffin got the inning started. With one out, the pair moved to second and third on a wild pitch by the Mountaineers Alissa Schoelkop. With two outs, after Harkey was out on a run down from third and Shemekia Scotton reached first on a fielder's choice, Steinhardt hit an RBI single to score Griffin. The Catamounts took their only lead of the game with one swing thanks to a three run homerun by Haley Pace.
In the fifth inning Appalachian State scored two runs, including a solo homerun by Meaghan Smith, to take the lead for good.
Western Carolina did to string together a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out Harkey drew a walk and freshman Taylor Sigmon reached on an error to put the tying and winning runs on first and second. Senior Jordan Fulton laid down a slap hit and almost beat out a play at first, should she have been safe it would have been bases loaded for the Catamounts and one out. Instead, Fulton was called out and there were runners at second and third and two outs. Senior Shemekia Scotton ground out to second base to end the rally, the inning and the game.
Pace lead Western Carolina wit two hits.
Western Carolina hosts Appalachian State at 1 p.m. Sunday in the final game of the three-game series.