April 15, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (16-29, 3-12) was edged by Chattanooga (27-13, 11-2), 5-4, in eight innings, Sunday at Frost Stadium.
With the game tied at three, heading into the top of the eight, Western Carolina took the lead, for the second time in the game. Morgan Wyatt led off with a double to left centerfield. Pinch runner Bekah Burkett scored after Amber Steinhdart reached on a bunt single and Burkett scored on an error by the Lady Mocs.
Chattanooga took the game when it tied it up on a single RBI by Cheyenne Willis and took the lead and the win, with the bases loaded, when Catamount relief pitcher Jordan Garrett hit Vivien Morimoto to end the game.
Down 2-0, Western Carolina rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a short-lived 3-2 lead. Haley Pace's lead-off homerun, her sixth of the season, started the scoring. Down 2-1, Western Carolina had the scenario it wanted when Amelia Griffin hitting a bloop single to left field, with two outs, to bring up the Catamounts' heavy hitter Erin Foster. It was no question Foster would deliver, as she it her 15th homerun of the season, a two-run shot to left field, to give WCU a 3-2 lead.
Chattanooga tied the game in the bottom of the seventh game. The Lady Mocs Kasey Tydingco doubled to left field and Jessica Traxler drew a walk. Sarah Beth Roberts hit an RBI single, scoring Tydingco, but Traxler was tagged out at third to end the inning.
Senior lefty hurler Katie King started the game, going seven innings, allowing four runs on 14 hits and striking out one. Jordan Garrett takes the loss in the game, as King was pulled in the eighth inning with no outs and had the tying run credited to her. Garrett falls to 6-15 on the season.
Scotton led the team, going 3-for-4 in the game. Foster was 2-for-4 and now has 54 hits in the game, keeping her in second place in the Southern Conference. Foster's 15th homerun, on the year, continues to lead the Southern Conference and she needs just six more to tie the Western Carolina single-season record.
Western Carolina returns home April 21 and 22 to host Elon at the Catamount Softball Complex.