March 28, 2012
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Western Carolina softball (11-21) was swept by ETSU 1-0, 8-0 (10-16) Wednesday at Betty Basler Field
In the first game, starting Catamount pitcher Katie King sat down 12-of-13 ETSU batters, over the first four innings, before ETSU got something going in the fifth inning.
King had given up just one hit, and had sat down the lead-off batter in the first four innings, before yielding a lead-off single to Alex Everett. It would be the first of two hits in the inning and lead to pinch runner Lilly Robins scoring the first run of the game.
Western Carolina's best scoring chance came in the top of the sixth inning. Amelia Griffin led off with a single up the middle. With one out, Kelly Braman got the second hit of the inning with a single past the short stop. Amber Steinhardt popped up to shallow left center and the second baseman dropped it. Western Carolina looked to be sitting pretty with bases loaded and one out, but the infield fly rule was invoked and Steinhardt was out. With runners at second and third, WCU was looking for a scoring chance, but Shemekai Scotton struck out to end the Catamount threat.
For the second straight inning, Western Carolina had a lead-off runner aboard when Robyn Burnette led off the top of the seventh with a single. Burnettte was out at second on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by Heather Chastain and Makenzie McAteer got the second out when she hit a fly ball out to right field.
King gave up just four hits in the game, struck out two and yielded the one ETSU run. It was a solid performance by the senior lefty hurler, who just couldn't get the offensive support. Fulton ground out to the pitcher to end the Catamount threat, in the seventh, and the game.
Both teams had four hits in the game, it was just ETSU's hits came at just the right time - to score a run.
A pair of Western Carolina errors accounted for two ETSU runs in the bottom of the second inning in the second game.
Catamount staring pitcher Jordan Garrett was cruising, having sat down five straight batters when she hit a snag. Tara Hartnet reached on a Catamount fielding error and Jackie Baird followed with a single. Marlina Delisa hit an RBI single to score the first Buccaneer run of the game. Western Carolina's second fielding error of the game scored Baird. The inning ended on the same play when Delisa tried to go home an score the Bucs third run of the inning, but nothing downing, as Griffin threw a strike from right field to home to get Delisa out.
ETSU scored five runs in the third inning, which included a grand slam from Jackie Baird. Garrett falls to 5-10 on the season. She allowed seven runs on seven hits and struck out six.
The Catamounts had just two hits in the game, one from Griffin and one from Burnette.
Western Carolina returns home this weekend to host a three-game Southern Conference series with Furman. First pitch in the doubleheader Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m.