April 7, 2013
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Western Carolina softball (15-26, 5-10 Southern Conference) dropped the final game, of the three-game series, with Furman 3-0 (19-17, 7-7 SoCon) Sunday at Pepsi Stadium. The Catamounts do claim the series after sweeping the doubleheader on Saturday.
After three scoreless innings, Furman broke open the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a two out rally, including a pair of walks by Catamount starting pitcher Taylor Sigmon, the Paladins scored three runs and all but put the game out of reach for Western Carolina.
Western Carolina let a prime scoring chance slip through its fingers in the top of the fourth inning. Senior Jordan Fulton led off with a single through the left side and moved to second on a ground out by Taylor Sigmon. A Furman error allowed Haley Pace to reach first and the Catamounts had runners at the corners with one out. Pace attempted to steal but was called out and Shemekia Scotton ground out to end the threat.
Again, Western Carolina squanders a scoring chance this time in the top of the third. Heather Chastain led off the fifth with a double, her eighth of the season. Amber Steinhardt ground out but allowed pinch runner Morgan Blanton to reach third. Junior Makenzi McAteer hit a beauty of a shot to right field that was caught but was set up for a sacrifice but Blanton couldn't tag up and get home. Karley Harkey ground out to end the scoring chance.
Sigmon had a strong three innings pitching before she hit a snag in the fourth. She tossed 3.2 innings and struck out four, allowing five hits and three runs. She also issued two costly walks.She falls to 0-3 on the season.
Jordan Garrett entered the game in the bottom of the fourth with two outs and bases loaded. She got Western Carolina out of the jam and pitched the remainder of the game. She went 2.1 innings not yielding a hit and struck out three.
Western Carolina had two hits in the game and Furman had five.
Western Carolina heads on the road Wednesday for a mid-week non-conference game at Georgia. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. in Athens, Ga. This will be the third Southeastern Conference opponent Western Carolina will have faced this season as the Catamounts faced Florida and Tennessee earlier in the season.