April 11, 2010
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (5-32, 1-13 Southern Conference) dropped the final game of the series with the College of Charleston (15-18, 5-6 SoCon) 17-3 Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
Freshman centerfielder Jordan Fulton etched her name in the Catamount record books with a stolen base in the first inning. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native swiped her ninth base of the season, tying the school record for stolen bases in a season. Fulton is also burning up the plate, topping the team with a .339 batting average. In this past week's games, seven games total, Fulton has a .391 batting average with seven hits, nine runs scored and a double.
The Cougars posted 17 runs on 16 hits against three Catamount pitchers. Sophomore Katie King started the game and was replaced by Bekah Burkett in the second inning. Burkett went 4.1 innings before being pulled for Chere Monday. King came back into the game in the top of the seventh inning and takes the loss falling to 1-17. King, in total, allowed seven runs, two earned, on seven hits and struck out one. Burkett allowed five runs on seven hits and Monday gave up five runs, four earned, on two hits and walked two.
College of Charleston scored runs in all but two innings, failing to plate runners in the third and fourth innings. The Cougars exploded for seven runs in the seventh.
Leading 3-0 after the first inning, starting Cougar pitcher Terri Mesko gave up a run in the bottom of the first, as Western Carolina cut the Cougar lead to two. Jordan Fulton led off the inning with a single and stole second. A single by Haley Pace moved Fulton to third. Colby Liles hit into a double play, but Fulton made it home before the final out so the run counted.
The Catamounts added runs in the fourth and fifth inning. In the fourth Pace picked up her second hit of the game to lead off the inning and scored off an RBI double by Liles. In the fifth, Fulton hit a two out single and scored off a triple by Robyn Burnette
. It was the first triple of the season for Burnette and the fifth of the season for Western Carolina.
Pace and Danielle Reese each had a pair of hits in the game. Fulton scored two of the Catamounts' three runs in the game.
Western Carolina returns to action on Wednesday hosting Presbyterian College. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. at the Catamount Softball Complex.