April 27, 2014
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -Western Carolina softball (18-29, 8-10 SoCon) dropped the final game of the three-game Southern Conference series with Furman (27-22, 11-6 SoCon) 4-2 Sunday the Catamount Softball Complex.
Furman got two runs in the first inning to open the game. Nikki Legg beat out single to shortstop and stole second. With one out, Elise Smith launched a homerun over the left center field wall to give the Paladins the quick 2-0 lead.
The Paladins' plated two more runs in the second inning. Lauren Collier drew a walk and Taylor Jenkins hit a homerun over the center field wall. After that homerun, starting Catamount pitcher Jordan Garrett was lifted for sophomore Mallory Broome. Garrett lasted one inning giving up four runs on three hits and striking out one.
Western Carolina trimmed the Furman lead to two in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Kara Salvo drew a lead-off walk and fellow freshman Courtney Pricesent her home with a two-run homerun shot over the right field wall. It was Price's third homerun on the season and extends her hitting streak to seven games.
The Catamounts had a huge scoring chance, looking to tie the game trailing 4-2, in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Price got her second hit of the game, a base knock past second base. Taylor Sigmon followed with a hot shot to the shortstop for back-to-back hits for the Catamounts. Junior catcher Heather Chastainground out to Furman pitcher Lauren Collier to end the scoring threat.
Senior Makenzi McAteer drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the seventh, as the Catamounts attempted to rally. Brooke Coggins popped up to third base, Amber Kimrey struck out and Griffin ground out to end the rally and the game.
Broome tossed five scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out two. Sigmon pitched the top of the seventh, replacing Broome, facing four batters and striking out two.Garrett takes the loss and falls to 9-15.
Western Carolina travels to Gardner-Webb Tuesday in a make-up game with the Bulldogs. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.