April 24, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (18-32) lost 5-4, in eight innings, to Presbyterian College (20-27) Wednesday at the Catamount Softball Complex. Due to inclement weather, the second game of the doubleheader was cancelled.
Tied at four after seven innings, the game entered the international tie breaker rule in the eighth inning, placing the last batter who made an out at second base.
The Blue Hose hit a sacrifice bunt to move Mary Ellen Morris, who had been placed on second, to third base. With one out, Tara Powell hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield to score Morris and give Presbyterian its first lead of the game, 5-4.
Western Carolina had its chance in the bottom of the eighth inning as Amber Kimrey was placed on second and sophomore catcher Heather Chastain laid down a bunt down to third base side to move Kimrey to third. After fouling off number pitches, senior Haley Pace, who hit a homerun earlier in the game, hit a ball to shallow centerfield. Kimrey tagged third and attempted to go home, but as thrown out at the plate to end the game.
Sophomore pitcher Jordan Garrett started the game and tossed five scoreless innings before Presbyterian posted two runs in the top of the sixth inning. In the fifth inning, Garrett recorded her 200th strikeout of the season, making her just the second Catamount pitcher in the programs eight year history to have 200 or more strikeouts. The softball program began in 2006.
Western Carolina scored a run in the bottom of the third to take the early lead. Freshman Karley Harkey drew a walk to lead off the inning. Megan Crowe followed by reaching first on a Presbyterian error. After a ground out by Amelia Griffin, and Jordan Fulton reaching on a fielder's choice, in which Harkey was out at home, the Catamounts benefitted from the Blue Hose second error of the inning. An error by the Blue Hose third baseman, with Shemekia Scotton at bat, allowed Megan Crowe to score from third.
Pace gave Western Carolina a 2-0 lead with one swing when she hit her sixth homerun of the season in the fourth inning.
The Catamounts added two more runs, to claim a 4-0 lead, in the bottom of the fifth inning. Crowe opened the inning by reaching on a Blue Hose error and then back-to-back singles by Griffin and Fulton loaded the bases. Crowe scored on a passed ball by Presbyterian catcher Erin Taylor for the first run of the inning. Scotton laid down a sac bunt to pick up an RBI and score Griffin from third.
Presbyterian would bounce back by scoring five unanswered runs, starting with two in the sixth inning to cut the Catamount lead to 4-2. With one out, in the top of the seventh, back-to-back hits by the Blue Hose knocked out Catamount starting pitcher Garrett, who was replaced by Mallory Broome. Broome promptly got the next batter to foul out to third base. With two outs, the Blue Hose Erin Ruff singled to left field picking up an RBI, and an error in left field allowed the runner at second to score as well, tying the game at four.
Garrett went 6.1 innings allowing four runs on seven hits, walking five and striking out five. She got a no decision in the game.
Broome went 1.2 innings, giving up the winning run, and falls to 5-9 on the season. Broome gave up one hit, one walk and got one strikeout.
Western Carolina closes out the regular season on the road this weekend at College of Charleston. The doubleheader on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with the single game on Sunday also scheduled for 1 p.m.