April 1, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (13-22, 3-6 Southern Conference) dropped the final game of the three-game series with Furman (13-22, 4-8 SoCon) 7-3 Sunday at the Softball Complex. The Catamounts took the series, however, thanks to the doubleheader sweep of the Paladins on Saturday.
Furman scored in four of the seven innings, getting the scoring started in the top of the third scoring three runs. The Paladins plated three runs off a three RBI double by Natalie Clemmons after Furman loaded the bases.
Western Carolina cut the Furman lead to one, 3-2, in the bottom of the third with the bat of Amber Steinhardt. After Robyn Burnette reached on a Furman error, Steinhardt hit a shot over the scoreboard in left field for the two RBI homerun. It was Steinhardt's third homerun of the season.
Furman pushed the lead to three scoring a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
Western Carolina got all of its three runs in the game on homeruns, with the second long ball coming in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Pace hit a solo homerun over the centerfield wall. It was Pace's fourth homerun of the season and her first since February 11, 2012.
Furman added one more run for good measure in the top of the seventh. It was solo homerun by Clemmons.
Catamount freshman Jordan Garrett took the loss in the game, falling to 5-11, going four innings, allowing six runs, four earned, six hits and striking out three. Steinhardt came into the game in relief in the fifth inning, giving up four hits and one run.
Western Carolina had six hits in the game with Steinhardt going 2-for-2 with two RBI.
Western Carolina heads on the road Friday, taking on Appalachian State. The Catamounts play a single game at 5 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader, in Boone, N.C., starting at noon on Saturday.