White's single give Softball split with Carson-Newman

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba and Carson-Newman split a pair of extra-inning contests in South Atlantic Conference softball action on Sunday afternoon at Whitley Field.  The visiting Lady Eagles took the opener 2-1 in eight innings, while Catawba rallied for a 5-4 eight-inning win in game two.  Carson-Newman now stands at 37-9 and 8-2, while the Lady Indians are 24-19 and 7-3.

Lady Eagle hurler Megan Elliott (Chattanooga, TN) and Lady Indian Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) dueled in each game.  The opener was scoreless until the extra frame.  Carson-Newman got a two-strike, two-out, two-run homer from Mandy Stevens (Knoxville, TN) to score the first runs of the game in the eighth.  Catawba got a run back in its eighth on a single by Ashlee Rhoades (China Grove, NC), but Elliott retired Ryan Baker (Rockwell, NC) and Hillary Hampton (Salisbury, NC) to end the game.

Stevens had two of the three Carson-Newman hits in the opener.  Hampton had a pair of hits for the Lady Indians, who managed six in game one.  Elliott allowed just the one unearned run and struck out eight.  Ettinger had five strikeouts.

Carson-Newman grabbed a 3-0 lead in game two.  After an out, the Lady Eagles had three straight singles in the first inning with Susie Palmer (Kennesaw, GA) driving in the first run.  Whitney Hickam (Knoxville, TN) added a two-out RBI single in the frame.  Lisa Rogers (Rossville, GA) had a solo home run in the third for the 3-0 edge.
     Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC) delivered the first of her two RBI in the second game in the fourth on a single to cut the deficit to 3-1.  The Lady Indians tied the game in the sixth on a two-run homer by Baker.  

Carson-Newman took the lead in eighth as Katie Speaks (Manassas, VA) scored on a wild pitch with two outs.  Catawba came right back as Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC) started at second base and Rhoades singled her to third.  Baker tied the game with a sacrifice fly that allowed Rhoades to move to second.  After an out, White stepped in and pulled a grounder through the right side that plated Rhoades with the game-winning run.
Hickam enjoyed a 3-for-3 day in the nightcap for Carson-Newman, while Rogers had a pair of hits.  White, Rhoades and Whitesides all had two hits for Catawba.  The win was the first for Catawba over Carson-Newman in the regular season and only the third overall in 41 career meetings.


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