March 30, 2014
STATESBORO, Ga. -Western Carolina softball (13-21, 3-6 Southern Conference) dropped the final game of the three-game series at Georgia Southern(24-11, 8-1 SoCon) 2-0 Sunday at Eagle Field.
The Catamount pitching staff combined for four walks in the bottom of the second to give Georgia Southern a free run. Starting pitcher Courtney Buchanan walked the bases loaded with one out and was lifted for junior Jordan Garrett, who walked pinch runner Savannah Coon to score a run. Western Carolina turned a double play to end the inning but the damage had already been done.
Georgia Southern added a run in the third when Shelby Morrill hit a double to left field and advanced to third on a Catamount error. Courntey Price made a valiant effort to catch the liner in left field but just got under the ball as it landed on the ground. Morrill scored off a sacrifice fly by Morgan Robinson.
Western Carolina had its best scoring chance of the game in the top of the fifth. Price hit a one out double and moved to third on a wild pitch. With that hit, Price has reached safely in the last 11 games.
Buchanan worked Purvis and got a walk to continue the fifth. It was the first walk of the game given up by Purvis. Amber Kimrey hit a grounder back to the pitcher and Price tried to go home but was caught in a rundown and Buchanan was also out on the play when she looked to move to third from second for the Eagle double play.
Buchanan takes the loss and falls to 5-5. She went 1.1 innings and the runner on third, when the bases were loaded, was credited to her when the runner scored. Buchanan yielded five walks and struck out one.
Garrett tossed 3.2 innings giving up one run on two hits, four strikeouts and two walks. Taylor Sigmonbecame the third Catamount pitcher of the game when she came into the game in the bottom of the sixth. In one inning, Sigmon faced four batters and struck out three with GSU getting a base runner on Sigmon off a Catamount error.
Western Carolina's three pitchers combined to allow just two hits and two runs but walked a total of seven batters, including walking in a run in the bottom of the second.
Western Carolina returns home Wednesday to host USC Upstate in a doubleheader. First pitch is set 4 p.m. at the Catamount Softball Complex. Fans can listen to the game and watch it live on catamountsports.com.