April 7, 2012
BOONE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (13-25, 3-9 Southern Conference) was swept by Appalachian State (15-17, 5-7 SoCon) 7-3, 9-3 Saturday at Sywassink/Lloyd Field.
Errors and missed chances doomed Western Carolina in the first game of the doubleheader with Appalachian State. Though the Catamounts battled through it, the team could only escape so many bases loaded by the Mountainners.
The final bases loaded inning, this time in the bottom of the eighth inning, by Appalachian State proved to be the back-breaker for Western Carolina. With one out, Allie Cashion hit walk-off grand-slam to left center field to end the game, 7-3.
A homerun started the scoring for Appalachian State in the bottom of the second. With a runner on first, Megan Smith hit a two-run homerun to left field to take an early 2-0 lead.
Western Carolina tied the game at two in the top of the third. With one out, Erin Foster doubled to left center field. After Foster moved to third on a passed ball, Morgan Wyatt walked to put runners at the corners. Amber Steinhardt laid down a beauty of sacrifice squeeze bunt, scoring Foster and earning her a spot at first base. Heather Chastain's single RBI, through the left side, scored Steinhardt to tie the game at two.
Steinhardt was again involved in the Catamount scoring, this time in the top of the fifth. She hit her fourth homerun of the season, over the left field wall, to give Western Carolina its only lead of the game, 3-2.
Sarah Warnock led off the bottom of the fifth for Appalachian State with a single. After moving all the way to third, Cashion's single RBI tied the game at three.
Katie King started the game, but was pulled in the sixth inning with the game tied. She was replaced by Jordan Garrett, who got the loss in the game, falling to 5-12. King gave up three runs, on nine hits and struck out three. Garrett allowed four runs on three hits and her three strikeouts gave her 100 for the season.
Western Carolina had three errors in the game. The Catamounts had nine hits and the Mountaineers 12. Kelly Braman and Foster each had two hits.
Smith struck again for Appalachian State in the bottom of the third inning. With runners on second and third, after a pair of Western Carolina errors, Smith hit a three run homerun to right field. Western Carolina pitcher Garrett has failed to give up a hit in the game prior to Smith's homerun.
The Catamounts finally caught a small break in the top of the fourth. Steinhardt led off the inning with a single past the short stop. Braman attempted a bunt, and error on the throw to first by Appalachian State allowed Seinhardt to motor home and score. Braman was stranded at second.
Catamount center fielder Foster cut Appalachian State's lead to 3-2, with one swing of the bat, in the top of the fifth inning for the Catamounts. It was Foster's 11th homerun of the season.
Appalachian State tacked on six runs in the bottom of the sixth for insurance.
Western Carolina attempted a small rally in the top of the seventh. Wyatt led off with a single to right center field. With one out, Braman doubled to left and pinch runner Bekah Burkett moved to third. Jordan Fulton hit an RBI single, over third base, to score Burkett. With two outs, Pace drew a walk to load the bases but Megan Crowe ground out to end the Catamount threat.
Garrett tossed 5.2 innings giving up nine runs, six earned on six hits and struck out two. She falls to 5-13 on the year.
Western Carolina will travel to Winthrop on Wednesday for a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.