April 1, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Western Carolina (11-25) dropped a single game to No. 5/6 Tennessee (30-6) 11-2 Monday at Lee Stadium.
Taylor Sigmon's two out double to the left centerfield wall got Western Carolina on the board to start the game. With Sigmon at second, Haley Pace drew a walk and the Catamounts had runners at first and second. Heather Chastain's little looper between second base and right field loaded the bases. Senior Shemekia Scotton placed a ball right over the head of the Lady Vol first baseman scoring Sigmon and Pace to give Western Carolina an early 2-0 lead.
Tennessee didn't waste any time getting the runs back in the bottom of the first. Back-to-back singles put runners at second and third and then an illegal pitch by Catamount pitcher Sigmon scored the runner from third. An RBI double by Madison Shipman tied the game at two. Errors, which have plagued Western Carolina the last five games reared its head again when a Catamount miscue allowed two more runs to score and Tennessee took the lead, 4-2, after the game was tied at two. The Lady Vols would score XX runs in the bottom of the first.
After giving up a lead-off triple, in the bottom of the second, to Tennessee's Raven Chavanne, Sigmon was replaced on the mound by Jordan Garrett. The Lady Vols added five runs in the inning including getting a run thanks to a walk issued by Garrett with bases loaded.
After UT scored nine runs in the first two innings of the game the Lady Vols were held scoreless in the third inning.
Western Carolina had a scoring chance in the top of the fourth. Scotton singled to the right side for her second hit of the game. After Scotton was erased at second off a fielder's choice, that placed Amber Steinhardt at first, Steinhardt got all the way to third with two outs. Freshman Sarah Perrine struck out to end the inning.
Tennessee scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to push the Lady Vol lead to nine and put the run rule in effect. The first run of the inning was off an RBI single and the second was a free pass as Garrett hit Lady Vol Maison Shipman with bases loaded. If a team is ahead by eight or more runs after five innings the game is halted.
In five meetings, Western Carolina has never played more then five innings against Tennessee. The game has always been halted after five innings.
Sigmon's double in the first inning was her eighth of the season which leads the team. Sigmon also took the loss in the game and falls to 0-9 on the season going one inning allowing four earned runs and five hits.
Western Carolina had five hits in the game. Garrett closed out the game going three innings allowing five runs on six hits and struck out four. Garrett now has 158 strikeouts this season and continues to lead the Southern Conference.
Western Carolina returns home Wednesday to host Gardner-Webb in non-conference action. The Doubleheader is set to begin at 4 p.m.