April 14, 2013
ELON, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (16-30, 6-12 Southern Conference) dropped the final game of the three-game series at Elon (14-26, 4-11 SoCon) 4-1 Sunday at Hunt Softball Park. The victory secures the SoCon series win for the Phoenix.
Just like in game one of the series, on Saturday, Elon jumped out early and took advantage of what was given to them including a Western Carolina error. Tomeka Watson led it off for the Phoenix with a double to right center. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Aly Quntana and scored off an RBI single by Carleigh Nester. Emily Cameron hit a bunt single to the right side and Elon had runners at the corners. Nester scored on a wild pitch by Catamount starting pitcher Mallory Broome.
The Phoenix added two more runs in the bottom of the second. With two outs, a costly Western Carolina error, at third base, would lead to more runs for Elon. Caitlin O'Shea reached first on an errant throw to first and base and went all the way around to third. Watson made the Catamounts pay for the error as she hit a two RBI homerun over the left field wall.
After Broome gave up the homerun for Watson she was replaced by sophomore Jordan Garrett. Broome lasted 1.2 innings giving up four runs on four hits and falls to 4-8 on the season. Garrett tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless ball and only allowed four hits and also struck out two.
Taylor Sigmon's one out double in the top of the fourth helped Western Carolina avoid the shutout and also broke up Elon pitcher Kayla Caruso's no-hitter attempt. Haley Pace followed with a bloop single to right field that moved Sigmon to third and allowed Pace to get to third on the throw. Heather Chastain ground out to second base, but picked up an RBI, when Sigmon scored. Amber Steinhardt popped up to the shortstop for the third out and standing Pace at third.
Western Carolina had just two hits in the game, both coming in the fourth inning when the Catamounts scored their only run. Elon had eight hits.
Western Carolina will take five days off before hosting Georgia Southern April 20-21 in its final Southern Conference home series of the season. The Catamounts will also be honoring its seniors between game one and game two on Saturday.