April 28, 2012
GREENSOBORO, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (21-31, 6-14 Southern Conference) was swept on Saturday 8-7, 6-5, both thanks to walk-off runs by UNCG (20-29, 9-10 SoCon), in the seventh inning, at UNCG Softball Field.
Western Carolina dropped the first game, against UNCG, when the Spartan's Katelyn Bedwell hit a walk-off homerun over the right field wall to win the game 8-7.
Western Carolina jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, after scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. The Catamounts held a commanding 5-1 lead after one and a half innings, before UNCG pulled within one scoring three runs in the bottom of the second. The Spartans tied the game on a Heather Robb homerun in the third inning.
The Catmaounts re-took the lead for the final time in the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. UNCG made three straight errors, allowing WCU to score the first run and the Catamounts scored the second run on an RBI double by Haley Pace.
Western Carolina failed to score in the final three innings of the game after scoring in the three of the first four innings.
Katie King started the game and went two innings before being replaced by Amber Steinhardt. After three innings, Steinhardt was replaced in the sixth inning by Jordan Garrett, who took the loss, giving up the homerun in the seventh inning. Garrett falls to 9-16 on the season.
Pace led the team in game one, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.
In a déjà vu of game one, UNCG came from behind to defeat the Catamounts in the second game as well. A walk-off single by Eileen Horsman ended game two, after the game was tied at five, to give the Spartans the lead and the win in the seventh inning.
Unlike game one, it was UNCG who scored first, posting two runs in the bottom of the first.
Western Carolina bounced back and scored four runs in the top of the third. The scoring got started thanks to back-to-back walks issued to Megan Crowe and Amelia Griffin. Jordan Fulton blooped a single over the third baseman's head to load the bases for Erin Foster. One of the hottest hitters in the Southern Conference, Foster lined a perfect shot past shortstop and third base to score two runs. Shemekia Scotton lined out for an RBI and Amber Steinhardt hit an RBI single up the middle scoring the fourth run of the inning.
Jordan Fulton's RBI single in the fourth inning gave WCU its fifth run of the game. Fulton ended the game 3-for-3 and scored a run.
The Catamounts gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth and the winning run in the top of the seventh to drop game two. Western Carolina squandered a beauty of an opportunity in the fifth inning with bases loaded and no outs, when the Haley Pace lined out to centerfield and runners at home and third were also out for a triple play.
Garrett started game two and took her second loss of the day. She falls to 9-17 on the season.
Foster now has 61 hits on the season which ranks her second in the Western Carolina record books for hits in a season. She is just 10 away from the single season hits record, 70, done by former Catamount Stephanie Beatty in 2007. Foster is also tied for second for most runs scored in WCU record books with 44 and her 51 RBI is also good for second place.
Western Carolina returns to action at 1 p.m. Sunday against UNCG in the final game of the three-game series.