Oct. 1, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina softball opened the fall portion of its schedule with four wins at a tournament hosted by USC Upstate on September 29-30.
The Catamounts opened the tournament on Saturday with an 8-0 blanking of Southern Wesleyan. Sophomore hurler Jordan Garrett tossed four hitless innings, striking out four. Freshman Chandler Terrapin pitched the final two innings, giving up two hits and striking out two.
At the plate, Western Carolina had 12 hits in the contest. Newcomer Karley Harkey led the team with three hits and scored a pair of runs. Amelia Griffin and Jordan Fulton each had a pair of hits and Griffin also scored two runs.
In the second game, on Saturday, Western Carolina defeated Presbyterian 6-2 in a game shortened to five innings due to inclement weather. It was the only game over the weekend the Catamounts had to come from behind to win. After scoring a run in the second inning, freshman pitcher Mallory Broome gave up a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Trailing 2-1, the Catamounts took the lead on a pair of homeruns. Senior Haley Pace tied the game on a solo homerun and freshman Taylor Sigmon followed Pace with a homerun of her own to give Western Carolina the lead. Three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning broke open the game.
Broome started the game and went 4.1 innings allowing two runs and striking out seven. Sigmon tossed two thirds of an inning, in the fifth, to close out the game.
Pace and Sigmon had two hits a-piece accounting for almost half of the Catamounts' 10 runs in the game.
In the opening game, on Sunday against USC Sumter, Western Carolina won 13-6. It was a chance for various Catamount pitchers to see action as Terrapin, Sigmon and Garrett all saw time on the mound.
After a scoreless first inning, Western Carolina exploded for six runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Catamounts scored in six of the seven innings played. The Catamounts had 16 hits in the contest. Griffin and Pace each had three hits in the game. Sarah Perrine, Heather Chastain, Terripan and Makenzi McAteer each had two hits.
Chastain was back behind the plate on Sunday after missing Saturday due injury.
Garrett got the start on the mound in the 6-0 win over Southern Methodist College to close out the tournament. She went five innings allowing just two hits and striking out nine. Freshman Mallory Broome saw action in the final two innings allowing one hit and fanning two.
Western Carolina will host the first of its two home fall dates on Thursday. The Catamounts will face Mars Hill beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Catamount Athletic Complex.