April 13, 2013
ELON, N.C. -Western Carolina softball (16-29, 6-11Southern Conference) split with Elon (13-26, 3-11 SoCon) on Saturday, dropping game one, 7-1 before bouncing back to win game two, 2-1.
Freshman pitcher Mallory Broomebent but didn't break in the game two win. After giving up a walk, a hit and a run, she did not allow any one of the three in the remainder of the game. She also held the Southern Conference's hits leader, Tomeka Watson (53) hitless.
Elon 7, Western Carolina 1
Elon scored two runs in the first to jump on the Catamounts early 2-0. With bases loaded Phoenix second baseman Ali Ford hit a two RBI single to give Elon the lead.
Western Carolina's first nine batters were sat down but Elon pitcher Kayla Caruso, and she had a no-hitter through three innings, before allowing a hit. The Catamounts scored a run in the fourth inning to trim the Elon lead to one, 2-1.
Junior left fielder Amelia Griffin broke up the no-no with a bloop single in shallow left field. Senior Jordan Fulton laid down a bunt single to put runners at first and second. Senior Haley Pace laid down a beauty of a bunt to push the runners to second and third. Freshman Taylor Sigmon'ssacrifice fly RBI to right field scored Western Carolina's only run in the game.
The Phoenix put the game out of reach scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Elon tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for good measure.
After allowing a run in the fourth, Caruso sat down nine straight Catamounts to end the game. The Catamounts had just two hits in the game.
Elon got its lead-off runner on base in five of the seven innings.
Jordan Garrettgot the start in the game and evens her record to 10-10 with the loss. She tossed a complete game allowing seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits and striking out seven.
Western Carolina 2, Elon 1
Back-to-back singles by Griffin and Fulton set up a pair of runs for Western Carolina to start the second game. After Pace drew a walk, the Catamounts had bases loaded and no outs. Sigmon sent a chopper high to the Elon short stop who attempted to tag Fulton headed to third, but dropped the ball. Griffin scored on the play and Sigmon reached first on the fielder's choice. Amber Steinhardt drew a walk, the second issued in the inning, scoring Fulton. Megan Crowe and Karley Harkeyflew out to end the inning.
Catamount starting pitcher Mallory Broomegave up a lead-off walk to Elon's Tomeka Watson that lead to the Phoenix run in the bottom of the first. An error by Western Carolina, on an errant throw, from a bunt by Aly Quintana sailed over first baseman Sigmon's head and allowed Watson to score. A ground out, a strikeout and a fly out by Elon ended the inning.
Western Carolina squandered a solid scoring chance in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman Karley Harkey led off with a single up the middle. With one out, Amelia Griffinfollowed with hit to shallow center. Harkey moved to third on the hit and Griffin went to second on the throw. The scoring chance was stifled when Fulton struck out and Pace flew out to left field.
Broome went three up and three down in the bottom of the seventh against Elon to end the Phoenix's hope of a coming back. Broome's fifth and final strkeout in the game was getting a strikeout looking on the Phoenix's Ford for the second out of the inning.
All toll Broome allowed just one hit in the game and one run and improves to 4-6 on the season. More importantly, the reigning Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week held Elon's Watson hitless, sitting her down twice after walking her in the first inning.
Griffin had three hits in the game and Fulton had two.
Western Carolina completes its three-game series at Elon on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.