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Softball battles to split with PC in league-opening doubleheader

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College and visiting Presbyterian split a doubleheader in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field. Presbyterian won game one 2-1 in eight innings, while the Lady Indians claimed game two 5-3. The Blue Hose now stand at 32-7 overall and 1-1 in the SAC, while Catawba is 20-19 and 1-1. Presbyterian took the opener in extra innings as Rachel Bailey (Howard, OH) doubled home pinch-runner Jessica Kilpatrick (Hendersonville, NC) with one out in the eighth for the eventual game-winning run. The Blue Hose had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third. Haley Brooks (Tifton, GA) led off the inning with a double and scored when Bailey’s bunt single was thrown away at first. Catawba fought back to tie the game in the sixth. Jessica Rivera (Key West, FL) and Liz Corbett (Severn, MD) led off the frame with singles and Rivera scored on an error. Rivera had three hits for Catawba, while Vivian Lee (Salisbury, NC) had two hits. Bailey had three hits for Presbyterian and the game’s lone RBI. The Lady Indians would get the split be taking game two. Training 1-0 in the second, Catawba would plate three runs to take the lead for good. Rivera led off the inning with a double and scored on a single by Corbett. With two outs, the Lady Indians got bases-loaded infield singles by Stacey Handy (Advance, NC) and Jenn Mehl (West Creek, NJ) for the final two runs. Presbyterian had taken a 1-0 lead in the second after Jessica Peterka (Sarasota, FL) singled home Jamie Vining (Fayetteville, GA), who had doubled. The two would also team up for a run in the fourth as Vining doubled and Peterka singled her home, both times with two outs. Catawba would push across two runs in the fifth to regain control. Rivera plated a run on a fielder’s choice, while Corbett singled home the second. Presbyterian cut the deficit to 5-3 in the sixth as pinch-hitter Trish Schwartz (Arden, NC) knocked in a run on a ground out. Peterka had three hits in the second game for Presbyterian to complete a 4-for-6 day. Rivera was 4-for-7 for Catawba in the doubleheader. #####

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