Oct. 5, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball defeated Gardner-Webb 4-2 and Walters State 2-0 Saturday in the final pair of games of its fall season at the Catamount Softball Complex.
Junior catcher Heather Chastain hit a walk-off two run homerun in the bottom of the seventh to lift Western Carolina to a 4-2 victory over Gardner-Webb. With a runner on first and two outs Chastain picked up her second hit of the game - the homerun to win the game.
Gardner-Webb took the early 1-0 lead scoring a run in the top of the second. Western Carolina answered with a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game. Chastain led off with a single and scored off an RBI double by freshman Brittany Eudy.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth but Western Carolina tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Catamount sophomore Sigmon singled up the middle. Singles by Karley Harkey and Eudy loaded the bases and Sigmon scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman hurler Courtney Buchanan went six and a third innings before being relieved by Sigmon. Buchanan had four strikeouts giving up two runs on seven hits. Sigmon entered with a runner on first in the seventh getting into a bit of a jam when a sacrifice single put runners at first and second. Sigmon struck out a Bulldog batter for the first out and Chastain got an out at third throwing out the runner. A Ground out to pitcher Sigmon ended the Gardner-Webb threat and set up Chastain's game winning homerun in the bottom of the seventh.
Sigmon took the win on the mound in game one.
It was Sigmon who was part of the success in the second game as Western Carolina scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, playing at the visiting team, to defeat Walters State 2-0. Sigmon led off the top of the seventh with a double and scored on an errant throw by the Senators' third baseman. The error also allowed senior Mckenzie McAteer to reach first and move to second on the throw. A ground ball by Karley Harkey was the first out of the inning but allowed McAteer to move to third and McAteer scored on a sacrifice fly by Amber Kimrey.
Junior hurler Jordan Garrett squelched Waters State comeback attempt when the Senators had two runners on and one out. Garrett forced up a pop up and got under the ball to haul it in and end the game.
Garrett tossed a complete game to pick up the win and notched nine strikeouts. Western Carolina ends its fall season with a record of 7-0-1.