March 17, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. - Freshman Jenny Jackson tossed a complete game three hitter in the circle and went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate, driving in all four Catamount runs to lead Western Carolina over UNC Wilmington, 4-1, in the night cap of the 2006 Best Western Catamount Classic Friday night. In other tournament action, UNCW opened play with a 10-2 win over Alabama A&M in six innings, with A&M also falling to Charleston Southern in six, 13-4.
With Western (16-9) facing the Seahawks for the third time this season, Jackson scattered three hits over seven innings while only allowing the single run. The right-handed hurler struck out six and walked just two in securing her sixth victory of the season. Offensively, Jackson was responsible for all four Catamount runs.
After two and a half scoreless innings, Western broke through first in the home half of the third. Second baseman Samm Keppel was first-pitch swinging, laying down a single along the infield. The next batter, freshman Allyson McCubbins worked the count to draw the walk, moving Keppel to second. Freshman Heather Pritchard then laid down a perfect bunt for a single to load the bases with no outs. Three batters later, Jackson delivered a two out double to center field to clear the bases and give WCU the 3-0 lead.
Two innings later, in the bottom of the fifth, Jackson belted a one out solo home run over the right center field fence to push the Catamount advantage to four, 4-0.
Down to its final three outs, UNC Wilmington (16-14) stirred up some offense in the top of the seventh inning. Jennifer Bosley, who was the pitcher of record for the Seahawks before being pulled in the fifth inning, dropped a single on the WCU infield between first and second, just out of reach of Keppel and Catamount first baseman, Lauren Ross. UNCW's Charla Wacker pinch ran for Bosley and would later score on a two out double to center field. But that was all the `Hawks could muster as second baseman Hayley House fouled out to Ross to end the game.
Pritchard finished 2-for-3 on the day, with Keppel duplicating her performance at the plate and each scoring a run.
Western returns to action at 2:00 pm on Saturday facing the Alabama A&M Bulldogs as round robin tournament play continues. Action at the Best Western Catamount Classic commences at 10:00 am on Saturday as the Detroit Titans open play in the event battling the Bulldogs at the Catamount Softball Complex.
Best Western Catamount Classic Results
Game One: UNC Wilmington 10, Alabama A&M 2
Cullowhee, N.C. - UNC Wilmington plated four runs in the home half of the fourth and ended the game with a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Seahawks defeated the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 10-2, in the opening game of the 2006 Best Western Catamount Classic on Friday afternoon.
UNCW freshman Ali Gardiner went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and seven RBI in the win. She started with a two-run double off Alabama A&M starter Debra Borcherding in the first inning, scoring junior Krista Searle and sophomore Whitney Knudsen. The Waccabuc, N.Y., native then smacked a grand slam in the fourth inning, her fourth round-tripper of the year, which also plated freshman Meghan Murray, Searle and Knudsen to give the Seahawks a 6-0 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs then countered in the fifth, scoring two runs on four hits to narrow the margin to four. However, the Seahawks broke the game open, taking advantage of three Alabama A&M errors to score four runs and end the game, 10-2, in the sixth inning.
Game Two: Charleston Southern 13, Alabama A&M 4
Cullowhee, N.C. - Four Charleston Southern players recorded multiple hits on the afternoon as the Buccaneers pounded out 13 runs on 13 hits to hand the Alabama A&M Bulldogs the 13-4 set back in game two of the 2006 Best Western Catamount Classic on Friday afternoon.
CSU (6-23) was led by Jill Shondel and Ashley Conway, each hitting 3-for-4 with three RBI in the win. Starting pitcher, Amanda Noble, earned her third win of the season (3-11) throwing five full innings and giving up four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
The game was closely contested early as the Buccaneers got on the board first in the top of the second inning with a two-spot. Alabama A&M countered by plating one run in the bottom of the same inning to pull to within one, 2-1. CSU extended its lead an inning later, score a deuce to lead 4-1 entering the home half of the third. The Bulldogs plated three runs in the frame to knot the game at four.
However, in the top of the fourth, the Bucs opened things up with five runs, adding four in the top of the sixth then held the Bulldogs scoreless the next half inning for the run rule victory.
For A&M, Angelia Heard went 2-for-3 at the plate, with LaRae Lucero driving in two runs on one hit. Taryn Hartley was saddled with the loss, her third in four tries (1-4) giving up all 13 hits and 13 runs, eight of which were earned while striking out and walking three apiece.