Ettinger shuts down Newberry as Softball wins sixth straight

NEWBERRY, SC -- Catawba raised its winning streak to six with a doubleheader sweep of host Newberry in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Tuesday afternoon at the Newberry Softball Field.  Catawba won by the scores of 7-0 and 9-1 in improving to 18-15 overall and 4-0 in the SAC.  Newberry fell to 13-24-1 and 0-4.

Catawba jumped out quickly in game one as they put up three runs in the first inning.  Ashlee Rhoades (China Grove, NC) scored a run with a sacrifice fly and Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC) added two with her record-tying sixth homer of the season.  Newberry didn't pick up their first hit until Jessica Jackson (Batesburg, SC) hit a bunt single in the fourth.  

Catawba, who added a run in the fifth thanks to a Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC) solo blast, stymied the Newberry offense throughout the game en route to giving up just two infield hits.  Winning pitcher Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) struck out eight batters on the game.  

Amanda Mitchell (Huntingtown, MD) collected three hits for Catawba, while Baker had two hits and three RBI.  Newberry hurler Christina Kirby (Delmar, DE) fell to 6-11 with the loss, while junior Michelle Turner (Hutchinson, KS) saw her first action on the mound all season in relief effort.  

In game two, Catawba once again jumped on top early with six first inning runs.  Whitesides started the scoring barrage with an RBI single and Jenn Mehl (West Creek, NJ) followed with a two-run single.  A pair of Newberry errors allowed two more runs to score, while Whitesides finally finished the scoring spurt with her second RBI single of the inning.  

Catawba added two more runs in the third after Cassie Markham (New Port Richey, FL) blasted a two-run home run.  Newberry finally got on the board in the fourth thanks to Kirby's solo home run.  Catawba was able to add one more run in the fifth and Newberry couldn't produce any more runs in their half of the inning ending the game early per the mercy rule.

McKenzie Phillips (Wallace, NC) (6-9) picked up the loss for Newberry, while Ettinger, who allowed just three hits, earned her second win of the day improving her record to 17-11.  Stephanie Monette (Conway, SC) struck out three batters in four plus innings of relief work.  Markham and Jess Hull (Deptford, NJ) each collected three hits for Catawba.


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