Softball

Mitchell, Ettinger key Softball sweep of Glenville State

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba College swept a softball doubleheader from visiting Glenville State on Friday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Lady Indians won both games by the score of 6-3 and improved to 5-3 on the year.  Glenville State falls to 0-2.

Sophomore Amanda Mitchell (Huntingtown, MD) accounted for all of Catawba’s runs in the opener as she tied a pair of school records.  She belted a pair of three-run homers becoming only the second player in school history to hit two homers and drive in six runs in a game.  Tracy Trimmer is the only other Lady Indians to homer twice, which came in 1994, while Mitchell ties current teammate Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC), who had six RBI in a game last season.

Glenville State got on the board in the opening frame as Meagan James (St. Albans, WV) connected on a two-out home run.  Catawba would take the lead in the fourth as White opened the inning with a double and scored along with Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC), who had walked, on Mitchell’s first homer.  White would also open the sixth with a double and scored again along with Baker, who reached via a wild pitch, on Mitchell’s record tying blast to center.

The Pioneers threatened in the seventh as Kelly Drinkard (Amelia, VA) and James opened the inning with singles and Amanda Wayne (Gassaway, WV) walked.  Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) would settle down from there and retire three of the next four batters to earn the win.  The single by Drinkard ended a stretch where Ettinger sat down 16 in a row after James’ homer.  Elizabeth Randolph (Ripley, WV) had a two-run single with two outs to cut the deficit to 6-3.

James would homer in the opening inning of the second game to give Glenville State a 2-0 lead.  The Pioneers added a third run in the third off a two-out Catawba error.  Catawba would strike for a pair of runs in the fourth as Baker, who led off with a double, scored on a wild pitch and Lizz Dunkman (Festus, MO) added a RBI single.

The Lady Indians took the lead in the fifth with a four-run frame.  White delivered the tying run on a one-out single and Ettinger singled with two outs and the bases loaded to give Catawba a 5-3 lead.  Dunkman added another run-scoring hit for the 6-3 lead.  Ettinger started, but left in the top of the fifth then re-entered to hit and earned the save, allowing just two hits over the final two innings.  Aileen Thompson (Burlington, VT) pitched one-third of an inning to get the win.

James had a pair of hits for the Pioneers in the second game and was 4-for-7 in the doubleheader with the two home runs.  Drinkard had three hits in the two games.  Dunkman and White each went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader for Catawba.

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