Softball eliminated from SAC Tournament

ROCK HILL, SC – After defeating Lenoir-Rhyne in an eliminations game, the Catawba softball team had its season come to end with a loss to Wingate at the 2004 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon at Cherry Park. Lindsay Ettinger threw a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, as Catawba eliminated top-seed Lenoir-Rhyne 5-0, but then fell to Wingate 8-3. Catawba ends its season at 28-29. Against Lenoir-Rhyne, the Lady Indians took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Ashlee Rhoades scored on a fielder's choice. The game then remained scoreless until the seventh when Catawba plated four runs to make the final score 5-0. Shannon Handy hit a solo homerun to start the inning and then Stacey Handy singled to left field to score Jenn Mehl. Jessica Rivera then singled down the right field line to score Rhoades. Liz Corbett ended the scoring when she hit a sacrifice fly to score Stacey Handy. Stacey Handy led the Indians going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Rivera also went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a double. Rhoades was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Ettinger improved to 17-13 on the mound for Catawba with her performance. Karen Reames led Lenoir-Rhyne at the plate going 2-for-3 followed by Misty Bingham who went 1-for-2 at the plate. Sarah Cox took the loss (8-8) for the Bears. Wingate’s Stephanie White hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning, propelling the Bulldogs to its 8-3 victory. The homer erased a 3-0 deficit in the third frame and gave the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish. Wingate added two more runs in the third frame, thanks to a two-run homer by sophomore catcher Carrie Rountree. Catawba took a 3-0 lead with one run in the top of the first inning and two runs in the top of the third inning. In the first, the Indians scored one run on two hits and two Wingate errors. Catawba junior third baseman Katie Phelps plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. In the top of the third, Catawba converted three hits and two Wingate errors into two runs. The first run of the frame scored on an error. In addition, Indian freshman third baseman Jennifer Mehl contributed an RBI single in the Catawba third. Wingate added two insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior third baseman Carey Bumgardner smacked a two-run homer to left field. Her blast scored sophomore outfielder Grace Cunningham, who had singled with one out. White was two-for-three with the four-bagger and four RBI. Mehl and junior teammate Jessica Rivera were both three-for-four to lead the Lady Indians at the plate. Mehl had one RBI. Catawba outhit Wingate 11-8. Wingate freshman pitcher Brittney Taylor (13-7 overall) notched her second win of the day (and third victory in the tourney). Taylor allowed three unearned runs on 11 hits (10 singles, one double). She struck out four and walked none. Catawba freshman pitcher Lindsay Ettinger (17-14 overall) took the loss. She gave up six runs (only two earned) on six hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. She struck out one and walked none. #####

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