March 18, 2012
STATESBORO, Ga. - Western Carolina softball (9-16, 0-3 Southern Conference) dropped a heartbreaker to Georgia Southern (17-10, 6-0 SoCon) 3-2 Sunday at Eagles Field.
After both teams scored two runs in the first inning, each club locked it down defensively, with five scoreless innings. Georgia Southern finally got the big break in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Mackenzie Willaims hit the game-winner with one out and a runner on third. The Eagles' Alexa Lewis drew a lead-off walk, from starting pitcher Jordan Garrett, to start the bottom of the seventh. After she was sacrificed over to second, she moved to third on a fly ball out by Marie Fogle, to set up the winning run.
Western Carolina took an early lead in the first inning. Sophomore right fielder Amelia Griffin earned a spot at first after a Georgia Southern error by its second baseman. Erin Foster followed with her sixth double of the season, all with one out. Kelly Braman continued her hot hitting, from the day before when she went 3-for-3 against Georgia Southern in the second game. Braman laced a hot shot down the right field line, scoring Griffin and Foster.
Staring pitcher Jordan Garrett looked strong to start the bottom of the first inning. She struck out the first two Eagle batters before Garrett and the Catamounts hit snag. Marie Fogle hit a two-out double to start the GSU rally. An error by the Catamounts allowed the Eagles first run in the game, as the ball from third base sailed over the first baseman's head. Fogle scored and Mackenzie Williams moved to second. Williams scored off an RBI double by Andrea Tarashuk.
For the second straight game, in the series against Georgia Southern, the Catamounts lost by one to the Eagles, 3-2. It was errors that were the deciding factor in both games. Western Carolina had just one error in Sunday's game, but it was costly, affording the Eagles two runs.
Garrett pitched a complete game for Western Carolina, taking the loss, falling to 5-8 on the season. She allowed seven hits, one earned run, struck out six and walked five. The Catamounts had just three hits in the game, two by Braman.
Western Carolina returns home on Tuesday to host Ohio. The doubleheader is set to start at 3 p.m. and both games will be broadcast online, on catamountsports.com, through the Catamount Sports Network and will also be video streamed through Catamount All-Access.