May 10, 2012
BOONE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball (24-34) was eliminated from the 2012 Southern Conference Championships with a 7-3 loss to Elon (23-26) Thursday at Sywassink Lloyd Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State University.
Senior pitcher Erin O'Shea singled to left center plating the first runner, sophomore Carleigh Nester, who was walked. Senior Kaitlyn Piazzolla grounded out to second, scoring junior Camille Hill giving Elon an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Junior Tomeka Watson singled through the left side scoring Nester before Piazzolla blasted a two-run homer to left in the top of the third, extending Elon's lead, 5-0. The Catamounts got on the board in the bottom half of the inning when junior Haley Pace homered down the left field line.
In the top of the fourth, Nester singled to center scoring senior Danielle Lafferty and giving the Phoenix a 6-1 lead. Sophomore Morgan Wyatt answered with a homer over the left field fence adding a run for the Catamounts.
Catamount pitcher junior Amber Steinhardt singled up the middle scoring senior Erin Foster, bringing Western Carolina within three in the bottom of the sixth. O'Shea singled to the shortstop, plating sophomore Lauren Oldham giving the Phoenix a four-run lead.
Earning the win in the circle was O'Shea (15-14). The left-hander gave up three hits and struck out three. Catamounts starting pitcher Katie King took the loss falling to 4-9 on the season. The senior gave up seven hits and struck out one.
Foster ends her two-year Catamount career ranked second in the Catamount record books for homeruns in a season with 18. She also ranks second in the WCU record books for homeruns in a career with 21. Foster's 66 hits this season also ranks her second in the Catamount record books and her 46 runs scored ranks her third.