VanBuskirk Helps Softball to Sweep at St. Andrews

Squad blasts four homers in wins


LAURINBURG, NC -- Four different Catawba College batters hit home runs en route to a couple of 9-1 wins over host St. Andrews in softball action on Saturday afternoon at Knights Field.  Sarah VanBuskirk (Lutz, FL) helped Catawba improve to 4-0 by going 5-for-6 at the plate while driving in three and scoring three times.  Tiffany Capone (Jacksonville, NC) led the winless Lady Knights (0-4) with two hits, a double, one RBI, and a run scored.

Game 1: Catawba 9, St. Andrews 1 (5 innings)
Catawba did most of its damage in the second inning scoring eight runs on six hits. The second stanza was highlighted by a three-run home run by freshman Kathryn Geouge (Canton, NC), a two-run blast by freshman Brittany Thornburg (Kings Mountain, NC), an RBI-double by VanBuskirk, and then a two-run single by VanBuskirk in her second appearance at the plate in the inning.
Jacqueline White (Mt. Ulla, NC) had a lead off homer in the fourth for the Lady Indians’ ninth run.  Senior Lindsay Ettinger (Pasadena, MD) improved to 2-0 on the year allowing just one run on four hits over five innings of work while striking out six.
St. Andrews lone run came in the bottom of the fourth. Capone started the rally with a leadoff single to centerfield.  Freshman Kailee Munden (LaVerne, CA) then added a two-out double that advanced Capone to third and freshman Danyell Marquez (Riverside, CA) followed with a single that plated Capone.
Samantha Stewart (Ft. Pierce, FL) took the loss in her first start for the Lady Knights. Stewart fanned three batters but allowed nine runs on 12 hits and four walks.
Game 2: Catawba 9, St. Andrews 1
Catawba jumped out to a 3-0 advantage after two innings in the nightcap.  Freshman Allie Marshall (Pleasant Garden, NC) drove in the first run with a single in the first.  A single by freshman Tiffany Farley (Greensboro, NC) and a double by Jessie Whitesides (Yadkinville, NC) in the second plated the next two Indian runs.
SAPC cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the third on a Capone double to centerfield that scored Erin Haugen (Fort Mill, SC) from first.  Marshall extended Catawba’s lead back to three with a home run to right-center in the fifth.

The Indians tacked on two more in the sixth including a sacrifice fly by Whitesides.  A three-run seventh pulled Catawba out to the eventual 9-1 final.  Thornburg drove in the first run with a single and Farley plated the final two with a double down the left field line.
Starter Rachel Christian (Buckingham, VA) begins her collegiate career 2-0 with the complete-game victory.  Christian allowed one run on four hits while totaling four strikeouts.  Freshman Lauren James (Bahama, NC) fell to 0-2 after giving up nine runs on 15 hits.  James struck out four over seven innings.

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