Motsinger's clutch double helps Softball to sweep of Newberry

NEWBERRY, SC - Catawba College swept a South Atlantic Conference softball doubleheader from host Newberry on Thursday afternoon at the Newberry softball complex.The visiting Indians rallied for a 2-1 win in the opener, then started quickly and held on for a 5-3 nightcap win. Catawba improves to 22-19 overall and 3-1 in the SAC, while Newberry falls to 19-18 and 1-3. With Catawba down 1-0 and two outs in the seventh inning of the opener, Janie Motsinger (Kernersville, NC) doubled in a pair of runs. Newberry failed to close out Catawba when pinch runner Jenn Mehl (West Creek, NJ) advanced to second on a dropped ball. Mehl scored the tying run, and Shannon Handy (Advance, NC) followed for the win. Newberry put the first run on the board with a Christina Kirby (Delmar, DE) single, scoring outfielder Jen Wilson (Orlando, FL) in the fourth inning. Newberry starter Kayce McLeod (Newberry, SC) held Catawba in check for most of the game, allowing only three hits, no earned runs, and striking out seven batters over seven innings. Catawba pitcher Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) gave up four hits and struck out five to win the pitcher's duel. The right-handed freshman improves to 13-8 on the year. The visiting Indians patched together a four-run second inning to sprint to a 5-0 lead in the nightcap, holding off a late Newberry charge to take its second game from the home team, 5-3. Katie Phelps (Prince Frederick, MD) started the offense with a one-out single up the middle. An error on a fielder's choice and a base on balls loaded the bags, and a second walked scored Phelps. Junior catcher Jessica Rivera (Key West, FL) then knocked a two-RBI double to right field, and Liz Corbett's (Severn, MD) sacrifice fly scored another Catawba run. Trailing 5-1 in the seventh frame, senior Lucki West (College Park, GA) opened the inning with a single. Designated player Julie Wideman (Greenwood, SC) singled, putting two on with two outs. Behind 0-2, Wilson delivered an RBI single to right that scored West's pinch runner Diana Dupre (Myrtle Beach, SC). Freshman catcher Rebecca Backman (Columbia, SC) followed that with a single to center, scoring Wideman. Handy, pitching for Catawba, put the brakes on the comeback, striking out the final batter in three pitches. Kirby falls to 9-9, giving up three earned runs and seven hits. Handy improves to 6-5 with a three-hit, three-run, three-strikeout performance. #####

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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships 

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)

Baseball @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 6 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 8 p.m.

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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