April 21, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina softball (18-31, 8-13 Southern Conference) picked up its third Southern Conference series win of the season taking the rubber match against Georgia Southern (24-25, 10-7 SoCon) 5-2 Sunday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
Georgia Southern jumped on the board in the top of the first inning. Western Carolina starting pitcher Jordan Garrettgave up a lead-off walk to Alexa Lewis who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lexi Allen. With two outs, designated player Shelby Morrill hit a two run homerun over the left centerfield wall.
Trailing 2-0, Western Carolina jumped on Georgia Southern starting pitcher Sarah Purvis, who posted a shutout against the Catamounts in the Eagles' 4-0 win Saturday, lighting up the scoreboard for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Junior Amelia Griffin got things started for Western Carolina in the fourth inning leading off with a single and promptly stole second. With one out, Shemekia Scotton reached first on a fielder's choice and Griffin moved to third. The Eagles' second fielder's choice play allowed Taylor Sigmon to reach first and Griffin to score, with Scotton moving to third, for the first Catamount run. Amber Steinhardt's two RBI single gave the Catamounts its first lead of the game, 3-2. The Catamounts tacked on one more run thanks to an RBI double by Haley Pacethat scored Steinhardt.
Sigmon's solo homerun would put the Catamounts' fifth run on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Sigmon's seventh long ball of the season tying her for the team lead with sophomore catcher Heather Chastain.
After giving up the lead-off walk and the homerun in the first inning, Catamount hurler Garrett took control of the game, with some strong defensive help in the field. Over the course of the next six innings, Georgia Southern had just three base runners, one by a Catamount error, a double Kaitlyn Johnson and Lewis reaching first after getting hit by a pitch.
Garrett struck out eight batters in the complete games yielding two runs on two hits and walked just one. She improves to 11-11 on the season.
Sigmon and Steinhardt each went 2-for-3 in the game. Eagles' pitcher Purvis falls to 11-12 on the year.
The Catamounts host Presbyterian on Wednesday in their last home doubleheader of the season. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.