CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (8-17, 1-5 Southern Conference) dropped the final game of the three game series with UNCG (21-4, 5-1 SoCon) 11-1, in five innings, Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex. The Spartan win earned UNCG a series sweep over the Catamounts.
A seven-run fifth inning and five Western Carolina errors all but locked down a win for UNCG. The Spartans scored their first run of the game in the top of the second when a run-down attempt from third to home went awry for Western Carolina and Tatiana Alcala scored on a Catamount fielding error. UNCG added three runs in the top of the third inning.
Freshman Taylor Sigmon started the game for Western Carolina and went 2.2 innings allowing five hits only one of them earned, and struck out two. Sigmon took the loss and falls to 0-3 on the season.
Jordan Garrett replaced Sigmon in the third inning. She was on the mound when UNCG scored seven runs in the top of the fifth however none of the runs were earned. Garrett did give up back-to-back homeruns to Lindsay Thomas and Katelyn Bedwell in the scoring laced inning for UNCG.
Western Carolina clawed into the game, for a bit, when it scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to avoid a shutout and cut the Spartan lead to three, 4-1. Senior Amber Steinhardt and was replaced at first for pinch runner Morgan Blanton. Spartan pitcher Raeanne Hanks threw two wild pitches allowing Blanton to move third. Sophomore Heather Chastain knocked in her 13th RBI of the season when she singled up the middle to score Blanton.
Chastain's single was the second hit of the game for Western Carolina. The Catamounts ended the game with just two hits as freshman Karley Harkey also got a single for Western Carolina.
Western Carolina returns to action on Wednesday in non-conference action hosting ETSU. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m.