Sept. 27, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball defeated Anderson University 1-0 in game one and tied the Trojans 2-2 in game two Friday at the Catamount Softball Complex.
There were just six hits, three a piece, between the two schools in the first game. Western Carolina went hitless for the first three innings before senior Amelia Griffin singled up the middle. Griffin proceeded to steal second and third setting up an RBI single by junior catcher Heather Chastain.
Anderson had just one scoring threat in the game. Courthey Czentnar drew a walk from Catamount starting pitcher Jordan Garrett in the third inning. She was stranded at third when Molly Child lined out to first base.
Garrett went six innings allowing three hits and striking out six. Sophomore Taylor Sigmon picked up the save coming into the game in the top of the seventh getting a three up and three down striking out two.
Karley Harkey's solo homerun, in the bottom of the third, gave the Catamounts the early 1-0 lead in the second game. Anderson answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to capture the 2-1 lead.
Western Carolina knotted the game at two in the seventh inning forcing extra innings. Back-to-back singles by freshmen Kara Salvo and Brittany Eudy placed runners at first and second. With one out Harkey drew a walk to load the bases. With two outs, senior Makenzi McAteer got a free pass on the second walk of the inning to score Salvo and tie the game at two.
The International Tie-Breaker was in effect in the eighth inning placing an Anderson runner at second. Anderson had a great scoring opportunity when the runner on second moved to third on a wild pitch with two outs. Relief pitcher Sigmon got back-to-back strikeouts and then threw the runner out at first to end the Trojans' threat.
Western Carolina also watched a solid scoring chance evaporate in the bottom of the eighth with the speedy Griffin on second. A solid sac bunt by Amber Kimrey pushed Griffin to third where she was stranded when Sigmon and Heather Chastain ground out for outs two and three.
The Catamounts got out of the fire again in the top of the ninth, this time with runners on second and third, thanks to a walk, with no outs. Sigmon got a strikeout and a pair of ground outs to end the inning.
Western Carolina failed to score in the bottom of the ninth and the game was called with the contest tied at two.
Freshman Courtney Buchanan started game two and went five innings allowing four hits, two runs and striking out four. Sigmon came in and pitched the final four innings holding the Trojans scoreless.
Western Carolina hosts Mars Hill in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon at the Catamount Softball Complex.