March 25, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (11-19, 1-5, Southern Conference) dropped the final game of the three-game series, 7-0, with College of Charleston (18-13, 5-4 SoCon) Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
The Catamounts and Cougars each had seven hits in the contest, but it was what College of Charleston did with their hits, which was the tale of the game. The Cougars also got to starting pitcher Katie King, who lasted 3.1 innings, as King was one of three Catamount pitchers who saw action in the game.
King looked to be picking up where she left off, after a stellar one run, two hit performance in the Catamounts 9-1 win over the Cougars on Saturday. She tossed a scoreless first inning, Sunday, before College of Charleston pushed across a run in the top of the second.
The game all but got away from Western Carolina in the top of the fourth inning. College of Charleston got three runs in the fourth to up its lead to 4-0. A pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at first and second for the Cougars knocking King out of the game. Kristy Giragosin's single up the middle scored one run after King was replaced by Jordan Garrett. Allison Pedigo hit a two RBI, off Garrett, for two more runs in the inning.
Garrett lasted three innings, giving up four runs on four hits and striking out two. Amber Steinhardt saw action for the fist time, in the pitching circle in the top of the seventh inning.
Western Carolina squandered a huge scoring opportunity in the bottom of the sixth inning. A single and a double by pinch hitters Robyn Burnette and Morgan Wyatt got things started for the Catamounts. A Cougar error allowed Amelia Griffin to reach first and load the bases. The Catamounts couldn't have scripted it better when big hitter Erin Foster strolled to the plate with bases and loaded and no outs. However, Foster hit into a fielder's choice and Burnette was out at home. Then it was Kelly Braman's turn, who again hit into a fielder's choice and this time Jordan Fulton was out at home. Junior Shemekia Scotton struck out to end the Catamount threat.
College of Charleston added three more runs in the top of the seventh.
King took the loss and falls to 3-5 on the season. Griffin and Steinhardt each had two of the Catamounts seven hits.
Western Carolina returns to action on Wednesday playing at ETSU. First pitch in the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. and the game will be live blogged on catamountsports.com.