April 6, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Junior pitcher Jordan Garrett tossed her second straight shutout as Western Carolina softball (15-24, 5-7 Southern Conference) took the Southern Conference series against Samford (28-12, 6-5 SoCon) with a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
After coming into the game in the first inning of the second game Saturday, with two on and no outs, Garrett tossed 14 scoreless innings against Samford. Her stellar performance helped the Catamounts take 2-of-3 from the Bulldogs in the Southern Conference weekend and earn the series win.
Western Carolina broke open a scoreless game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman Courtney Price led off with a double to right field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by fellow freshman Kara Salvo. With one out, sophomore Taylor Sigmon hit a grounder to the shortstop. Bulldog Abby Adams threw over to first to get Sigmon and Price took off from third. Price beat the throw to the plate and scored the Catamount run.
Samford attempted a rally in the top of the seventh inning. Megan Dowdy hit a one out double and the Bulldogs had the tying run on second. Caroline Wilder followed with a double to center field and the Bulldogs attempted to test the arm of Catamount sophomore Amber Kimrey. It was a bad gamble as Dowdy attempted to score from second. Kimrey scooped up the ball from centerfield and tossed a spot on throw to catcher Heather Chastain who nailed Dowdy at the plate. Abby Adams quietly ground out to Garrett to end the game.
Garrett tossed a complete game allowing six hits, walking two and striking out eight. She improves to 7-12 on the season.
Garrett's only two walks in the game came in the second inning when she gave up back-to-back walks and then a Catamount fielding error loaded the bases. With no outs, Garrett got out of the bases loaded jam by striking out Caroline Seay for the first out and then getting two ground outs to end the Bulldog threat.
Western Carolina had four hits in the game with Price going 2-for-3. The Bulldogs had six hits with Wilder going 3-for-3. Bulldog pitcher Mollie Hanson falls to 16-7.
Coming into the three-game series against Western Carolina Samford had only been shut out twice in the season. After leaving Cullowhee, that number ballooned to four as the Catamounts notched two shutouts over the Bulldogs.
Western Carolina will take five days off before traveling to UNCG for a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. April 12. Fans can listen to the games on catamountsports.com.