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Softball streak goes to 10 in a row with sweep of Tusculum

SALISBURY, NC – Catawba set a school record by notching its 10th straight win after sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Tusculum in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Saturday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The Lady Indians won by the scores of 6-1 and 5-1 as they improved to 22-15 overall and 6-0 in the SAC.  The Pioneers fell to 10-26-2 and 0-6.

Catawba would score three times in the first inning of the opener.  After an error allowed the first run, Ryann Baker (Rockwell, NC) doubled home a run and Hillary Hampton (Salisbury, NC) singled home the third tally of the frame.  

Cassie Markham (New Port Richey, FL) homered in the second, while Baker and Hampton had RBI hits in the third for a 6-0 lead.  Tusculum got on the board in the fourth on a two-out, RBI double by Elaine Martinez (La Puenta, CA).

That would be the last Pioneer baserunner of the game as Lady Indian starter Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) retired the final 10 batters, five via strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 20-11.  She allowed just three hits and fanned nine.  Hampton collected three hits to lead the 10-hit Catawba attack.

    The Pioneers jumped out 1-0 on Anna Johnson’s (Jonesborough, TN) home run in the first inning of the second game, but Catawba struck right back in its first as Ashlee Rhoades (China Grove, NC) laced a one-out triple down the right field line to plate Markham.  Baker followed with a sacrifice fly to put the Lady Indians up 2-1.

Catawba added to its lead in the second as Markam delivered a RBI grounder and Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC) had a RBI single.  Hampton capped the scoring with a home run in the fifth, marking her fifth hit of the doubleheader.  

Ettinger escaped trouble in the second and third innings as the Pioneers had runners at second and third with one out in each frame and were unable to score.  The junior allowed only one baserunner after the third, coming on a single in the seventh.  Ettinger scattered six hits and struck out four which allowed her to break her previous season strikeout mark with 172.  She also tied her mark from last season with her 21st win on the year.

Hampton was 2-for-2 in game two after her perfect 3-for-3 in the opener.  Makenzie Loy (Knoxville, TN) had two hits for the Pioneers in the nightcap.

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