April 22, 2010
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (10-35) picked up its first doubleheader sweep of the season, taking both games against Winston-Salem State (6-22), 8-2, 11-7, Thursday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
Two Western Carolina players increased their Catamount record book records and one took over a record in the contest. Senior left fielder Kristen Gay moved into first place for triples in a career with the fourth of her career in the first game against the Lady Rams. Also in the first game, freshman Jordan Fulton added a pair of steals to her single-season record and now has 16. Senior Danielle Reese kept pace with her career stolen base records, with a stolen base in the opening game as well, and now has 19.
Freshman pitcher Amber Steinhardt had a huge game on the mound and at the plate in the first game of the doubleheader. On the mound, she pitched her ninth complete game of the season, throwing five scoreless innings, before giving up a homerun to Whitney Hall in the sixth inning. Overall, she allowed just five hits, two runs and struck out four in the win. At the plate, Steinhardt scored the first two runs of the game with a two RBI double to right field. For the game she was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
After scoring two runs in the first, thanks to the two RBI double by Steinhardt, the Catamounts added a single run in the third inning. Haley Pace led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by Colby Liles.
Pace hit her second double of the game, in the sixth inning, and scored thanks to a Steinhardt RBI single. Freshman Missy Wills hit the first homerun of her career in a two RBI homerun over the centerfield wall that also plated Steinhardt.
Reese led the game going 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Pace and Burnette also had a pair of hits in the game.
Winston-Salem State tagged starting Catamount pitcher Bekkah Burkette for four runs in the top of the first in the second game. After giving up four runs, Burkette was replaced on the mound with Steinhardt who completed the game.
In the bottom of the first, trailing 0-4, Western Carolina posted five runs to re-claim the lead. Shemekia Scotten hit a one out double and moved to third on a Lady Rams' error, after Haley Pace reached on a fielder's choice. Pace stole second and Liles drew a walk to load the bases. Steinhardt doubled through the left side scoring Scotten and Pace for two RBI. With two out, Gay hit a two RBI double scoring Pace and Steinhardt and scored a run of her own off an RBI single by Reese.
After two scoreless innings, Western Carolina scored two runs in the fourth, fifth and six innings.
Winston-Salem State scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning. An RBI double by Hall accounted for the first run and Britney Cato posted a two RBI single for the second and third runs of the inning.
Steinhardt got the win in the second game as well, and improves to 7-12 on the season. In game two she allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out two.
Fulton, Scotten, Liles, Steinhardt and Gay each had a pair of hits in the game. Steinhardt had four RBI in the game.
Western Carolina has an off weekend, from Southern Conference play, and will return to action on April 28 at East Tennessee State. First pitch for the doubleheader begins at 5 p.m.