April 12, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (17-24, 7-7 Southern Conference) swept UNCG (17-24, 3-11) 3-1, 4-3 in Saturday's doubleheader at UNCG Softball Stadium.
It was a career day for a pair of Catamount players. Sophomore Taylor Sigmon picked up a pair of saves, tossing an inning in game one and three in game two, to up her saves to six and capture the season and career record for saves. Senior Amelia Griffin tied the school record for career stolen bases, swiping a bag in each game, to up her total to 49. Former Catamount Jordan Fulton, whom Griffin is now tied with for the stolen base record, was in attendance when Griffin tied the record.
Western Carolina 3, UNCG 1
Junior hurler Jordan Garrett picked up her third straight win, improving to 8-12, allowing just one run on two hits, and striking out three, in the 3-1 win. Sigmon earned her fifth save, breaking the Catamount single season record, throwing the seventh inning giving up one hit and striking out two.
Western Carolina took the early 2-0 lead plating two runs in the first inning. Griffin hit a lead-off single and moved to second on a wild pitch by Spartan pitcher Raeanne Hanks. Courtney Price followed with a walk. Griffin stole third base and scored on an UNCG error while Price moved to third on the play. Sigmon ground out to the short stop picking up an RBI when Price scored on the play.
The Catamounts were held scoreless for the ensuing four innings before tacking on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Sigmon reached first on the Spartans second error of the game and moved to second when Karley Harkey drew a walk. A wild pitch by Hanks moved Sigmon and Harkey up a base and Sigmon scored on a ground out RBI by Heather Chastain.
Garrett's shutout attempt was blown when UNCG scored a run in the bottom of the sixth. Allison Geiner led off with a single and would eventually score on a sacrifice fly RBI by Danielle Vega.
All toll, Garrett only allowed four Spartan base runners in her six innings. Sigmon threw the bottom of the seventh getting off to a rocky start as she walked the lead-off batter and came back to back-to-back strike outs. Pinch hitter for UNCG Toni MacReynolds kept the Spartan come-back attempt alive when she singled allowing the winning run to come to the plate. Tory Wright ground out to Sigmon to end the inning and the game.
Western Carolina 4, UNCG 3
Western Carolina scored for unanswered runs to secure the SoCon series against UNCG winning 4-3.
The Spartans took the early 3-0 lead when Lindsay Thomas hit a three run homerun in the bottom of the first. Freshman pitcher Courtney Buchanan gave up back-to-back walks to start the inning to set up Thomas' homerun.
Buchanan would find her groove in the next three innings and held UNCG scoreless.
Western Carolina cut the UNCG lead to 3-1 scoring a run in the top of the second. Sigmon led off with a walk and moved to second on a single up the middle by Harkey. Sigmon and Harkey moved up a base on a wild pitch and Sigmon scored off a sacrifice fly by Heather Chastain.
The Catamounts took the lead scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Senior Makenzi McAteer led off with shot to right center earning her a double. Griffin followed with a double and then Griffin stole second. Kara Salvo notched an RBI single through the left side and McAteer scored, slicing the UNG lead to one, 3-2. Sigmon came up and hit a laser to right center forcing centerfielder Geiner to race over to try and catch the ball, which hit the tip of her glove and rolled to the wall. The hot shot scored Griffin and Salvo, both unearned.
With the 4-3 lead by WCU, Buchanan was lifted for Sigmon, seeing her second relief opportunity of the day. Sigmon tossed three innings of scoreless ball giving up two hits and striking out three.
Buchanan takes the win and evens her seasonal record to 6-6. She went four innings giving up three runs on five hits and striking out two. Western Carolina had six hits in the game. Salvo went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Catamounts will look for the SoCon series sweep on Sunday when they play game three against UNCG. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. with the game being broadcast on catamountsports.com.